Rio Grande Mudby ZZ Top
With their second album, Rio Grande Mud, ZZ Top uses the sound they sketched out on their debut as a blueprint, yet they tweak it in slight but important ways. The first difference is the heavier, more powerful sound, turning the boogie guitars into a locomotive force. There are slight production flares that date this as a 1972 record, but for the most part, this is a straight-ahead, dirty blues-rock difference. Essentially like the first album, then. That's where the second difference comes in -- they have a much better set of songs this time around, highlighted by the swaggering shuffle "Just Got Paid," the pile-driving boogie "Bar-B-Q," the slide guitar workout "Apologies to Pearly," and two Dusty Hill-sung numbers, "Francine" and "Chevrolet." There are still a couple of tracks that don't quite gel and their fuzz-blues still can sound a little one-dimensional at times, but Rio Grande Mud is the first flowering of ZZ Top as a great, down-n-dirty blooze rock band.
- Release Date:
- Warner Bros / Wea
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Apologies to Pearly draws from the Gulf Coast Blues tradition of Lightnin' Hopkins and Mance Lipscomb. Billy Gibbons may be one of the best blues player ever. I only wish that he would do a straight ahead blues set.
This album is just as good today as it was in 1972. There would never be another TOP album with this much driving Rock and Roll. Enjoy!