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Mud – Mudrock Vol. II (1975) – Lp

Mud are an English glam rock band, formed in February 1966. Their earlier success came in a pop and then glam rock style, while later hits were influenced by 1950s rock and roll.












Artist:  Mud
Title:  Mudrock Vol.II
Year:  1975
Format:  LP
Label:  RAK Records
Catalog#  5C 062-96485

Mud Rock, Vol. 2 was cut precisely in the same mould as its predecessor, a “live in the studio”-style party knees up, with the band powering through a string of favorite oldies, catchy classics, and of course, a hit 45 or two, and probably not breaking a sweat throughout. A primo singles band, Mud really weren’t stretched on LP until a change of labels in 1976 finally allowed them to start making records that spoke for their own musical tastes and abilities; by comparison, Mud Rock, Vol. 2, despite some red hot fun performances, is simply the sound of a band on cruise control. There are some magnificent moments here, however. All summer sun and swaying palm trees, the Hawaiian guitar-powered “Hula Love” is irresistibly corny, while “Let’s Have a Party” and “One Night” are balls-out rockers that prove just how far ahead of the revivalist pack Mud could have been, had their producers only permitted them to take that step. An oddly lugubrious “Living Doll” is more a showcase for its producers than its players, but the hits “Oh Boy” and “The Secrets That You Keep” bring Mud back into brilliant focus, and no matter how functional this album is, there’s no doubting its entertainment value.


Side one
1.  The Secrets That You Keep  (3:07)
2.  Living Doll  (2:55)
3.  One Night  (2:53)
4.  Tallahassee Lassie  (3:16)
5.  Let’s Have A Party  (1:40)

Side two
1.  Tobacco Road  (3:20)
2.  Oh Boy  (2:50)
3.  I Love How You Love Me  (3:03)
4.  Hula Love  (4:00)
5.  Diana  (3:56)

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Mud – Mud Rock (1974) – Lp

Mud are an English glam rock band, formed in February 1966. Their earlier success came in a pop and then glam rock style, while later hits were influenced by 1950s rock and roll, and are best remembered for their hit singlesDyna-mite“, “Tiger Feet” and “The Cat Crept In“.













Artist:  Mud
Title:   Mud Rock
Year:  1974
Format:  LP
Label:  RAK Records
Catalog#  5C 062-95739

Mud‘s debut album is one of those records that truly sums up a time and a place — in this instance, England in 1974, as glam rock flirted increasingly gregariously with a similarly ongoing rock & roll revival. It was a period, after all, in which Bill Haley returned to the Top 20, Showaddywaddy was threatening to dominate it, and Mud itself had been launching some remarkably convincing Elvis impersonations into the upper echelons of the chart. Mud‘s producers and songwriters, Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, certainly encouraged their charges’ retro pretensions, conceiving both Mud Rock and its successor, Mud Rock, Vol. 2, as all-out party albums, with the band the greatest jukebox in the land. Their own hits are slashed through by vintage covers, while the studio itself was transformed into a dance floor, with Chapman recording the sound of the revelers as a constant background to the music itself. It was, at the time, a frightfully effective device, one that transformed what otherwise might have been a competent selection of hits and covers into one of the wildest nights the town had ever seen. Musically, the critics were unanimous, Mud Rock offered little you’d never heard before, and nothing you weren’t expecting. But the mood, the enthusiasm, and the excitement of the record are irresistible regardless.


Side one
1.  Rocket   (4:32)
2.  Do You Love Me / Sha La La La Lee   (3:12)
3.  Running Bear  (4:19)
4.  The Hippy Hippy Shake   (2:31)
5.  Shake Rattle And Roll / See You Later Alligator  (4:00)

Side two
1.  Dyna-Mite / The Cat Crept In / Tiger Feet (Medley)  (5:03)
2.  The End Of The World   (4:02)
3.  Blue Moon  (2:20)
4.  In The Mood   (3:37)
5.  Bye Bye Johnny   (5:28)

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