ZZ Top

Band members               Related acts

- Frank Beard -- drums, percussion (1969-)
- Billy Gibbons -- vocals, guitar, harmonica (1969-)
- Dusty Hill -- vocals, bass (1969-)


- American Blues (Frank Beard and Dusty Hill)
- The Moving Sidewalks (Billy Gibbons)
- The Warlocks (Dusty Hill)



Genre: rock

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Rio Grande Mud

Company: London

Catalog: XPS 612

Year: 1972

Country/State: Texas, US

Grade (cover/record): VG / VG

Comments: original textured cover and inner sleeve

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 5201

Price: $10.00


As much as I liked ZZ Top's debut, 1972's "Rio Grande Mud" was even better.  To be honest, with the exception of the atypically pop-oriented 'Francene' (Dusy Hill proving he was the band's best singer), the sound wasn't really all that different from the debut, though this time around the band sounded far more comfortable and enthused.  Credited with penning most of the twelve tracks Billy Gibbons deserved considerable credit for turning in what may have been the trio's most consistent and enjoyable album.   Kicked along by Gibbon's snarling slide guitar and Beard's rock steady drums no-frill blues-rockers like 'Just Got Paid', 'Chevrolet' and the instrumental 'Apologies To Pearly' (the latter dedicated to Gibbon's Les Paul guitar) were simply killer.  At the same time the low-tech sound might serve as a major shock to folks who loved the band's mid-1980s top-40 successes.  Anyone not into conventional blues-rock probably wouldn't have much use for the likes of 'Mushmouth Shoutin'' (they were lucky to not have been sued for ripping off Rice Miller's 'Crazy 'bout You Baby'), 'Sure Got Cold After the rain Fell', orr 'Ko Ko Blue'.  Propelled by an opening slot on The Rolling Stones US tour, the LP hit the US charts, peaking at # 104.  Elsewhere London tapped the LP for a classic single in the form of 'Francine' b/w 'Francine (Spanish)' (London catalog number 179).


Piece of meaningless trivia, the flip side cover reflects the only picture I've ever seen of Gibbons sans beard ...


"World Wide Texas Tour" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Francene   (Steve Peron - Condroy)  - 3:33

2.) Just Got Paid  (Billy Gibbons - Bill Ham) - 4:49

3.) Mushmouth Shoutin'    (Billy Gibbons - Bill Ham) - 3:41

4.) Ko Ko Blue    (Billy Gibbons - Dusty Hill - Frank Beard) - 4:56

5.) Chevrolet - 3:47   (Billy Gibbons) - 3:20

(side 2)

1.) Apologies To Pearly (instrumental)    (Billy Gibbons - Dusty Hill - Frank Beard - Bill Ham) - 2:39

2.) Bar-B-Q    (Billy Gibbons - Bill Ham) - 3:34

3.) Sure Got Cold After the Rain Fell     (Billy Gibbons)- 7:39

4.) Whiskey 'n Mama    (Billy Gibbons - Dusty Hill - Frank Beard - Bill Ham) - 3:20

5.) Down Brownie    (Billy Gibbons) - 2:53



Genre: rock

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  World Wide Texas Tour

Company: London

Catalog: PS-X-1001

Year: 1976

Country/State: Texas, US

Grade (cover/record): VG / VG

Comments: radio station promo;  minor ring, edge and corner wear;   pop on 1st side, 1st band

Available: SOLD

GEMM catalog ID: SOLD

Price: SOLD




As a promotional tool London also saw fit to release a radio-only sampler. "World Wide Texas Tour" pulled together 12 tracks from the band's first four studio sets. Sure, you've heard all of these tracks before, but it made for one dandy "best of" set !!! As for the asking price, I've only seen one copy in 20 years ...

"World Wide Texas Tour" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Waitin' for the Bus   (Billy Gibbons - Dusty Hill) - 2:59
2.) Jesus Just Left Chicago   (Billy Gibbons - Dusty Hill - Frank Beard) - 3:29
3.) Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers (  Billy Gibbons - Dusty Hill - Frank Beard) - 3:23
4.) Blue Jeans Blues   (Billy Gibbons - Dusty Hill - Frank Beard) - 4:42
5.) Tush   (Billy Gibbons - Dusty Hill - Frank Beard) - 2:14
6.) Backdoor Love Affair   (Billy Gibbons - Bill Ham) - 3:20

(side 2)

1.) Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings   (Billy Gibbons - Dusty Hill - Frank Beard) - 2:42
2.) Brown Sugar   (Billy Gibbons) - 5:22
3.) Just Got Paid   (Billy Gibbons - Bill Ham) - 4:49
4.) Heard It On the X   (Billy Gibbons - Dusty Hill - Frank Beard) - 2:23
5.) Precious and Grace   (Billy Gibbons - Dusty Hill - Frank Beard) - 3:09
6.) La Grange   (Billy Gibbons - Dusty Hill - Frank Beard) - 3:51





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