The Wolf Is at Your Door is a sizeable chunk of Howlin' Wolf's Sun sessions -- a diverse slate of music recorded over the span of 11 months. Seven of these songs (including the legendary "Moanin' at Midnight" b/w "How Many More Years") were leased to Chess, while the rest were left unissued until the late '70s. This is about as unrestrained as Wolf ever got in a studio setting, thanks in part to the crude backing he got from guitarist Willie Johnson and drummer Willie Steel. Wolf often stuck to the same themes in his songwriting (he constantly gripes about getting old), but as a singer he could mix it up, at least to the extent that his producers let him. Only in Memphis -- and with Phillips at the helm -- would you be able to record Wolf doing a swinging, Louis Jordan-style rap (on "Look-a-Here Baby") or take after take of boogie-woogie.