Muddy Waters
Electric Mud



by Muddy Hendrix USER (8 Reviews)
April 30th, 2005 | 4 replies

Release Date: 1968 | Tracklist

Muddy Waters to some people is the king of blues.
(To others it's Robert Johnson)
He had many great albums, Including but not limited to:
I'm Ready, Fathers and Sons, The Real folk Blues, and Hard Again.

I think Electric Mud should be among these. When it came out though, music critics and blues purists alike did not enjoy listening to it. Muddy Waters himself hated the album.

I assume they thought it took away from real blues and essential Muddy Waters 'sound', it seemed more or less like he was changing with the times to keep getting revenue from his music career.

But in some ways this album makes the 'blues' easier for newcomers to understand.

Therefore giving them the desire to search out other blues artists and get tangled up in this wonderful genre and lifestyle.

'I just want to make love to you' is a wonderful song full of Pete Cosey and Phil Upchurch's excellent guitar work that is superbly put together. I do think it would be a little better if the tempo were slowed down. But that is only my personal opinion. I give it a 3.5/5

'(I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man' is a classic Water's song, that jumpstarted his career. The guitars perfectly accompany Muddy's voice bringing the point home. 5/5

'Let's spend the Night Together' is actually a Rolling Stones cover that definitely showcases the singer's talent. 4/5

'She's Alright' is a blues-rock song through and through. One of the best songs off the entire album. 5/5

'Mannish Boy' is another classic Muddy Water's song that is very well put together but doesn't give justice to the original acoustic version. 3/5

'Herbert Harper's Free Press News' is an Ok song, but it could be better. One could call it unique. 4/5

'Tom Cat' is just such an awe-inspiring song that promotes cool, evokes cool, and simply is cool. 5/5

'The Same Thing' is the ultimate conclusion to this great album. 5/5

Other blues enthusiasts might not like electric Mud but it's my favorite Muddy Waters Album.

Live the blues.

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April 12th 2006


Good album from a great artist, I'm dismayed at the lack of reviews for legendary blues artists.

April 30th 2006


As am I. Waters is f*cking brilliant, and I prefer him over
Robert Johnson, though not quite over Otis Rush. Good review man.

John Paul Harrison
May 1st 2006


Album Rating: 2.0

Ah. Electric Mud could be considered the biggest "sell-out" album of all time, eh? Re-doing old classics for a younger generation?

I also heard rumors that the Zeppelin song Black Dog was inspired by some riffs on this album. Any truth to this?

May 2nd 2016


Mannish Boy is a hard 5/5

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