Song Of The Day: Muddy Waters – “Mannish Boy” (1968)

As Rich did last year, April is the month to pay tribute to one of the greatest musicians to walk the earth, Muddy Waters. The song here in question, “Mannish Boy,” is indeed a blues standard recorded by Muddy, but this version just so happens to be recorded for an album, Electric Mud. This album was an attempt by Chess Records to lure psychedelic rock fans. Founder Marshall Chess said, “I came up with the idea of Electric Mud to help Muddy make money. It wasn’t to bastardize the blues. It was like a painting, and Muddy was going to be in the painting. It wasn’t to change his sound, it was a way to get it to that market.” The band that backed Muddy, Rotary Connection, went back to Howlin’ Wolf in 69 for The Howlin’ Wolf Album. If you haven’t heard this album then you’re in for a treat; staples such as “I Just Want To Make Love To You,” “(I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man,” and “She’s Alright” are transformed into Wah-Wah, fuzz-infused trips that flow really smooth.

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