This intriguing early-'70s Southern Californian group featured the talents of singer/songwriter Merrell Fankhauser
(who was also at the helm of cult classics in the '60s by Fapardokly
and HMS Bounty) and Jeff Cotton
, previously slide guitarist with Captain Beefheart
. Their sole album (from 1971) is a gem of the late hippie era, combining the fractured blues-based tangents of Beefheart
with the loose flow and stoned lyricism of bands like the late-'60s Grateful Dead
. After a couple more singles, Mu
moved to Maui and cut a fair amount of unreleased material before breaking up around 1974. Their eponymous album, as well as a lot of their unreleased material, was reissued in the '80s.