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  • Audio CD (20 Mar. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B000002OCP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • 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 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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I’ve got a few recordings by the blues legend in my collection, but this is one I missed. In fact, it would have stayed missing had it not been for an episode of the excellent BBC4 series “The Blues”, featuring the story of the original Electric Mud and a modern re-make. Anyway, after watching the archive footage and listening to tracks from the original album, I decided to buy it the next day. Unfortunately, so did a fair few of the other viewers. Imagine now, a company that sells 30, maybe 40 copies of an old blues album a year, suddenly gets requests for thousands all on one day. Just a guess, but maybe that’s why it took over 2 months to arrive.
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.
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I like the blues, I like the electric '50s Chess blues a lot and I like what people like Johnny Winter did with the blues in the '60s (I am thinking Second Winter here) and I really do like this album.

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.
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i like this album. yes its a pshycedelic blues romp very much removed from anything muddy had done before, and he didnt like it. however the the jazz muscicans who were drafted in do a superb job and muddy hollers as good as he as ever done. its not his his late fifties/ early sixties apogee but this is his next best stuff.
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Well this is a suprising cd and I actually like it.Muddy goes tripping Hendrix style,I think Howlin Wolf done a similar album.Most of the tracks work out.If you like acid rock,this is a must...BLUES ACID.Check out the pictures of Muddy at the barbers in Curlers....
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A great blues/physch rock album with plenty of attitude. Definitley one of Muddy's best, don't listen to the Blues purists who panned the album when it came out in 1968.
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In the Sixties the arrival of the white Rhythm 'n' Blues bands, notably the Stones, and their immense popularity in the USA had a rather strange side effect. When the British bands went over there they banged on about the old Blues singers who were their inspiration. In the States, Blues was largely fading into the dim and distant past with the young folk, however with the arrival of the Brits the American youth stated to listen to the old Blues songs in numbers and a revival commenced. What the Blues singers thought of the British R & B bands, who were predominantly white, I'm not sure but when opportunity knocks who's going to ignore it?

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!
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