LR Phoenix – Evil (Howlin’ Wolf cover) (Live) – Pub Base Espoo Finland

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L.R. Phoenix – Evil (Live) – Pub Base Espoo Finland

LR Phoenix – Evil:

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Date: 2013-03-18
Location: Pub Base, Espoo, Finland

Recorded with a Nokia Pureview 808 cellphone. Video quality is pretty poor, as this was my first attempt to record a concert with it (there was some strange interference with the house lighting, causing some flickering) . I removed some saturation, and added an old film filter with Sony Movie Studio 10 HD. ( )

Audio is good as it gets. Pretty poor acoustics, plenty of chatter all over the place. Such a stunning phone to record live shows. :)

Evil – Song history:

“Evil”, sometimes listed as “Evil (Is Going On)”, is a Chicago blues standard written by Willie Dixon. Howlin’ Wolf, also known as Chester Burnett, recorded the song for Chess Records in 1954. It was included on the 1959 compilation album Moanin’ in the Moonlight. In 1969, “Evil” became Wolf’s last charting single (#43 Billboard R&B chart) when he re-recorded it for The Howlin’ Wolf Album.

The 1954 song features sidemen Hubert Sumlin and Jody Williams (guitars), Otis Spann (piano), Willie Dixon (double-bass), and Earl Phillips (drums). Wolf achieves a coarse, emotional performance with his strained singing, lapsing into falsetto. The song, a twelve-bar blues, is punctuated with a syncopated backbeat, brief instrumental improvisations, upper-end piano figures, and intermittent blues harp provided by Wolf.The music heightens the meaning of the lyrics, that of the “evil” that takes place in a man’s home when he is away: “you better watch your happy home”, Wolf warns.

The song has been recorded by numerous artists, including: Luther Allison, Canned Heat, Captain Beefheart, Derek and the Dominos, Gary Moore, Cactus, The Faces, Jake E. Lee, Monster Magnet, and Steve Miller. Koko Taylor’s version of the song appeared in the 1987 film Adventures in Babysitting.

Tom Jones released a version of the song in 2011, produced by Jack White on White’s Third Man label. The 7″ single features a snippet of The Doors’ “Wild Child”

Jace Everett & CC Adcock also recorded a version of the song, which was subsequently chosen as the featured track for the third season finale of the HBO series True Blood.

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