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"Rio Grande Mud"
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Year of Release: 1972
Just Got Paid
Ko Ko Blue
Apologies To Pearly
Sure Got Cold AfterThe Rain Fell
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"Rio Grande Mud"
Has there ever been a ZZ Top album you didn't like?...Hardly...
ZZ Top's boogie rock is highly enjoyable, as the "Little Ol' Band from Texas"
truly rocks on every album they have released. Their second album in their
career, 1972's Rio Grande Mud, like all of their albums, just plains
"Francine" has the rock of such songs found on another future
ZZ Top release, El Loco. "Just Got Paid" has a more rock/blues
approach with its guitar rhythms sounding almost like the early Fleetwood Mac's
Oh Well. But there are no breaks as in the Mac tune, ZZ Top keeps the
music flowing, and of course, rocking.
"Mushmouth Shoutin'" is definitely blues, as in the early pioneers
of the blues, John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters. It features harmonica, an
ultimate instrument in early blues music. "Ko Ko Blue" is another
rock/blues number, in the traditional rocking ZZ Top style. It also features
harmonica, not often heard in later ZZ Top album releases.
"Chevrolet" has the musical sound of a future ZZ Top song "It's
Only Love", and, like any other song, this song is another great one.
"Apologies To Pearly" is a rocking instrumental, similar to Eric Clapton
and Jimmy Page's "Hideaway." "Bar-B-Q" rocks just as hard as
any other ZZ Top rocker. "Sure Got Cold After The Rain Fell" is a nice,
slow blues number. Lyrically, the song is sad, as in the line concerning rain,
"...not from the sky, from my eyes..."
"Whiskey'N Mama" is another typical ZZ Top rocker, and the album
closes with "Down Brownie", another great down-and-dirty rocker, in
a style only ZZ Top can provide.
Rio Grande Mud is another great ZZ Top album. It's hard to rank
each of their releases, being great as they are. The early ZZ Top truly
defines the styles of rock with a blues edge. In listening to their music,
it's best to start from their beginnings and keep working forward. And with
the nice warm weather arriving this year, any ZZ Top album is worthy cranking
up at a high volume on your car radio, cruising down the highway.
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