Electric Mud

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
In an attempt to make Muddy more sellable to his newly found white audience, Chess lumbered him with Hendrix-influenced psychedelic blues arrangements for Electric Mud. Commercially, actually, the results weren't bad; Marshall Chess claims it sold between 150,000 and 200,000 copies. Musically, it was as ill-advised as putting Dustin Hoffman into a Star Wars epic. Guitarists Pete Cosey and Phil Upchurch are very talented players, but Muddy's brand of down-home electric blues suffered greatly at the hands of extended fuzzy solos. Muddy and band overhaul classics like "I Just Want to Make Love to You" and "Hoochie Coochie Man," and do a ludicrous cover of "Let's Spend ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
In an attempt to make Muddy more sellable to his newly found white audience, Chess lumbered him with Hendrix-influenced psychedelic blues arrangements for Electric Mud. Commercially, actually, the results weren't bad; Marshall Chess claims it sold between 150,000 and 200,000 copies. Musically, it was as ill-advised as putting Dustin Hoffman into a Star Wars epic. Guitarists Pete Cosey and Phil Upchurch are very talented players, but Muddy's brand of down-home electric blues suffered greatly at the hands of extended fuzzy solos. Muddy and band overhaul classics like "I Just Want to Make Love to You" and "Hoochie Coochie Man," and do a ludicrous cover of "Let's Spend the Night Together"; wah-wah guitars and occasional wailing soprano sax bounce around like loose basketballs. It's a classically wrongheaded, crass update of the blues for a modern audience. The 1996 CD reissue adds interesting historical liner notes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/1996
  • Label: Chess
  • UPC: 076732936429
  • Catalog Number: 9364
  • Sales rank: 7,916

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Muddy Waters Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Phil Upchurch Guitar
Gene Barge Tenor Saxophone
Pete Cosey Guitar
Roland Faulkner Guitar
Morris Jennings Drums
Louis Satterfield Bass
Charles Stepney Organ
Technical Credits
Gene Barge Producer
Stu Black Engineer
Marshall Chess Producer
Andy McKaie Producer, Reissue
Bill Sharpe Cover Design
Charles Stepney Arranger, Producer
Mark A. Humphrey Liner Notes
Vartan Art Direction
Mark Humphrey Liner Notes
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Muddy Waters shows the hippies how to do it right

    The professional critic who reviewed this album doesn't like it much but when this collection of Muddy Waters songs (redone with a psychedelic electric band backing him up, complete with screaming electric guitars) first came out it was very well received and was a great reminder that the Blues were at the roots of Rock and Roll. Far from being embarrassed (as the professional critic claims) Muddy sounds like he's having a pretty good time with the effort. Certainly it is more of a 60's hippy album than a Blues album, but that was the whole point of making the album, and it's a point well taken.

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