Thursday, February 18, 2010
Electric Mud from '68 is one of those albums in which an artist expands into another genre of music under the idea of someone else, which they later end up disliking. Muddy Waters apparently labeled this album "dog shit" after it was completed- but this album has withstood the test of time and still rips. It's way more of a psychedelic album than a blues album, it was the brainchild of Marshall Chess- the son of the Leonard Chess, founder of the infamous Chess Records out of Chicago. "Tom Cat" is one of my favorite Muddy tracks with Pete Cosey on guitar. Pete Cosey is probably most famous for his collaborations with Miles Davis on his electric albums of the early 70's. The track is a unrelenting trance-inducing stomper with the strained vocals of Muddy singing over a psychedelic riff. Muddy sounds inebriated repeating I'm the tomcat/You'se my kitten repeatedly, really good shit. This isn't Muddy's best work, but a great listen nonetheless- here's the album. The other photo above is from the inside of the vinyl cover.