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Rio Grande Mud
     

Rio Grande Mud

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by ZZ Top
 

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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,

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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.

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Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0075992738026
catalogNumber:
3269
Rank:
9037

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Rio Grande Mud 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!