- Audio CD (20 Mar. 1999)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Universal / Island
- ASIN: B000002OCP
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- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,909 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Electric Mud CD
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Electric Mud is the infamous "somebody-put-something-in-the-Waters" LP from 1968. A relative hit for Chess, it features the exalted bluesman bellowing over psychedelicised arrangements that owe more to Steppenwolf than Willie Dixon. Waters himself complained that the drums were too busy and the lead guitar sounded like a cat's meow. Not a bad critique. --Steven Stolder
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So when I got back off holiday, the first thing I did was start playing the eagerly awaited disc. On first play, I was a little disappointed. I was listening on headphones due to the lateness of the hour, which maybe didn’t help. Also, the quality of early stereo recordings leaves a bit to be desired and the ‘phones emphasised the left ear only, right ear only stereo effect. The choice of material was good though, and I thought it showed promise. The next day, after catching up on my sleep, I played it again, this time through speakers. Mmmm. Maybe something is stirring here. This is actually quite good. The mix sounded much better; the speakers smoothing out the apparent disjointed nature of the recording and making the vocals breathe more. By the end of the second play, I wanted to put it on repeat for the rest of the evening. I was hooked.
There are only a couple of self penned songs on the album, which consists mostly of well known, yet heavily reworked covers of material by Willie Dixon, Charles Williams and James Cotton.Read more ›
It is everything the other reviewers have said, it has wah-wah, fuzz bass, weirded out stuff and it has Muddy. It is also an album that is really very 1960s, possibly a bit hard for a purist but for a rock audience it works just fine.
With hindsight it works ever better, I think. If you think about what the likes of Sly Stone, Hendrix, Cream, Johnny and Edgar Winter, Jeff Beck, Led Zeppelin, Mountain and others were doing with the blues and R'n'B tradition then this album really does make sense. Bearing in mind where the likes of Jon Spencer, Walter Trout and others have taken the blues since this album looks like a landmark.
If you listen to it with an open mind, it has a lot to offer.
This revival coincided with the release of this album which as another reviewer said was panned by the purists. Having said this I found it amazing to hear a Blues legend singing songs with a Rock arrangement. And once I heard the Stones hits "Let's Spend the Night Together" and "I Want To Make Love To You" that was it I bought the album, vinyl disk in those days, and walked proudly out of the record shop with it under my arm; a common practice in those days to show how "cool" you were. As covers go they were two of the best I've heard. They rank with Hendrix's version of "All Along The Watchtower" (Bob Dylan), the Byrds version of "Mr. Tambourine Man" (Dylan), Johnny Winter and "Highway 61 Revisited" (Dylan) and last but not least, Joe Cocker's arrangement of "With A Little Help From My Friends" (Lennon and McCartney). His Blue's voice makes this album truly outstanding, if not for the quality of which there's plenty, but for the sheer audacity of Muddy who showed whatever these young whippersnappers could do, he could do better.
A follow-up to this album, probably for contractual reason, was "After The Rain" which I've noticed has been re-released on the revived Chess label (on CD only at present). After this the Rock experiment for Muddy was over. It's a real shame!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cracking album! I had to stop doing the housework and just sit and listen to it.Published 9 months ago by T. J. Parker
Embarrassingly awful ,why Muddy didn't have it deleted or something years ago I can't imagine .Published 18 months ago by Ben Fitzgerald