He devised the idea to record Muddy Waters with his house band and turn the psychedelic up to eleven. Reverb heavy and as muddy in the mix as McKinley Morganfield himself, Electric Mud was released to a level of vitriol that befits someone robbing a grave. The purists in particular loathed it.
Taking a monumental blues man like Waters and diluting his sound to make it more palatable for those with narrow ears? It was music snobbery writ large. But a peek at the personnel on show and a generous dollop of hindsight shows it to be far from the worst blues album ever made. In fact, it sold an estimated , copies, very good numbers for a blues album at that time. The band Marshall Chess put together for this metaphysical venture was immense. He was, in all but name, King of the Chicago Blues and here his voice sounds as imperious as ever—gritty, sexually charged and dominant.
Given the surfeit of guitar players, it is hardly surprising that barely half a second goes by without one of them shredding away incandescently. This is for grown folks, make no mistake. Ultimately though, Electric Mud is more than a curio or some relic to be pulled off the shelf intermittently. Electric Mud sold , copies within the first six weeks of release. In a Rolling Stone feature, Pete Welding wrote, "'Electric Mud' does great disservice to one of the blues' most important innovators, and prostitutes the contemporary styles to which his pioneering efforts have led.
The English accepted it; they are more eccentric. Muddy Waters recorded After the Rain the following year, incorporating elements of the sound of Electric Mud.
According to Cosey, "I'll never forget, as soon as I walked into the studio for the follow-up and Muddy saw me, he threw his arms around me, said 'Hey, how you doing, boy, play some of that stuff you played on that last album. While blues purists criticized the album, Pete Cosey learned from Jimi Hendrix 's valet that Hendrix would listen to "Herbert Harper's Free Press News" from the album for inspiration before performing live.
Waters later claimed that he disliked the album and its sound, and that he did not consider the album to be blues. But when it came out, it started selling like wild, but then they started sending them back. They said, 'This can't be Muddy Waters with all this shit going on, all this wha-wha and fuzztone. However, the album has attracted new admirers amongst the hip hop scene;  in Lost in the Grooves: Scram's Capricious Guide to the Music You Missed , Gene Sculatti wrote that "The rhythm seems to anticipate hip-hop by three decades.
I've played it about a thousand times. The voice and character of Muddy Waters stand above the new music. Muddy's vocals project. That's what created a hook for me to get into it: these vocals are actually pulling the music.
A whole new world. But the automatic thing that struck me right away was the Electric Mud thing. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Muddy Waters. Electric blues blues rock psychedelic rock. Can't Be Satisfied. Perfect Sound Forever. Archived from the original on February 28, Retrieved Crosstown traffic: Jimi Hendrix and the post-war rock'n'roll revolution. How are ratings calculated? Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon.
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This important album turned new generations of listeners onto the Blues. Furthermore, the film captures the reunion of the Electric Mud band with the addition of a DJ and rapper. If you've been able to put aside the negative reviews and find a place in your heart for "Electric Mud," the film is essential.
As for me, I picked the disc up after watching the film. I am happy that the film turned me onto such a unique recording. Bought this and Howling Wolf's new album the one where he doesn't like his new electric guitar at the same time. They may not have been well received at the time they were made but more than 35 or 40? I like Muddy Waters and appreciate his contributions to the Blues scene but I find most of his music dated. I gave away his boxed set But this album,,,wow.
Not ready for this heady brew. They have a wonderful exhibit on Jimi Hendrix born in Seattle and a listening station has singles from some of his favorite records from his personal collection. All good but predictable. But Electric Mud blew me away. They selected a funky new version of Mannish Boy. With only 8 songs, you'd think this album was a toss away.
Not true. Waters sings some of his best known songs before a funk band that was definately influenced by Hendrix. If these tunes don't get you dancing, then you are not alive! This was a really good CD nice sound. One person found this helpful. This seems to be that this is the one Muddy Water's album that critic hated the most and called Muddy Waters a sell-out, however critics does not pay the rent.
The issue with the blues in the 60s is that a lot of artist paid homage to the black blues players since it was a inspiration on how to make music with guitars. However what the general population was buying was not the blues they were early in the 60s buying and listening to folk must. This is why Chess records and most of their artist was putting out so call folk albums to up sales, and Muddy Waters was one of them.
He put out three of them. Over time as the musically landscape changed, Muddy and Chess records added horns to keep the sound current. Yes it is not pure blues but it sold , copies in 6 weeks and was the largest selling Muddy Waters record Chess ever had and made him relevant to the current markets of buyers that was following acts such as Hendrix, Cream, Yardbirds and others. The issue here, if you want to make a living in the music business is that you need to stay current and change to keep up with what is current.
The best two cuts on the album was the first two I just want to make love to you and I'm your Hoochie Coochie Man, both of which was penned by Willie Dixon. The worst cut was Let's spend the night together by the Stones. Today, this not my favorite Muddy Water album, however when it was released in the late sixties, it was brought a new generation to his and other black blues musicians.
It a good album, but not great by his standard, which is why I gave it three stars. This Muddy Waters disc was released in , which should tell you a lot about it. Marshall Chess wanted to create a concept album that would hit big with the hippy rockers, people listening to Hendrix and Cream and the like.
And it was a big seller, but not critically acclaimed. In short, this disc is not Muddy Waters' finest. In fact, from what I can tell, he barely even plays guitar on this album. Pete Cosey plays some great funky wah-wah guitar. Most of the songs are classic Muddy tunes, and even a Rolling Stones cover thrown in for good measure.
Muddy sings well, though it doesn't quite mesh ideally with the busy guitar. It's definitely geared more toward the rock crowd; by no means is it a pure blues album. But for those of you into Jimi, Cream, Zeppelin and the like who also dig blues music and rockin' blues, this is a fun disc to pick up and listen to. Just don't let it be the definitive Muddy Waters cd in your collection. If you are going into this expecting a blues album. Then you might be dissapointed. That being said this is one of the funkiest albums I have heard in awhile and I abosolutly love it.
I love Muddy Waters, and I abosolutley love this album.. I if you are looking for a more traditional electric muddy album pick up Fathers and Sons, probably my favorite Muddy album. However if you are in a funky mood and want a neat little album pick this up. It sounds exactly like it is: Muddy awkwardly doing his thing over studio musicians trying to sound Psychedelic. I'm not crazy about it, but the gift recipient thinks it's awesome. Therefore, I feel like a genius for buying this for him.
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