Fricke's Picks: Extra Howlin Rain


Wild Life (Three Lobed) is a two-track EP by heavy-Seventies explorers Howlin Rain that emphasizes the band's long-jam chops and reunites singer-guitarist Ethan Miller with members of his other band, Comets on Fire, including guitarist Ben Chasny. In the guitar-inferno parts of "Wild Life," a Paul McCartney cover, Miller and Chasny sound like they're soloing inside Big Brother and the Holding Company's "Ball and Chain." "Black Sangria," an improvised instrumental, is simply howlin' fire.

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David Fricke

Rolling Stone senior writer David Fricke has more than 10,000 albums in his New York apartment. His first record review for the magazine was Frank Zappa's 'Sheik Yerbouti' (RS 290).

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