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Rio Grande Mud [CD]

ZZ Top Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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This sturdy American blues-rock trio from Texas consists of Billy Gibbons (guitar), Dusty Hill (bass), and Frank Beard (drums). They were formed in 1970 in and around Houston from rival bands the Moving Sidewalks (Gibbons) and American Blues (Hill and Beard). Their first two albums reflected the strong blues roots and Texas humor of the band. Their third album (Tres Hombres) gained them ... Read more in Amazon's ZZ Top Store

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  • Audio CD (11 Jan 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B000002KJO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,642 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  8. Sure Got Cold After The Rain Fell 7:200.99  Buy MP3 
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ZZ TOP Rio Grande Mud (2009 French issue 10-track CD album originally released in 1972 includes the single Francine sealed picture sleeve)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good music, bad production. 3 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
I'm gonna hunt this down on vinyl, those who've said the mastering on the CD releases is appauling are bang on the money. The music's classic ZZ Top, low down dirty foot stomping Texas blues rock. But the way the sound's been engineered is awful. Tres Hombres has been given the treatment to remedy this, and hopefully, so will this, but I'll have probably scored a vinyl version of this by then so it won't matter.

But the fact I'm willing to get it in two formats so it sounds good speaks volumes for the actual songs I think. "Just got Paid" is one of those riffs you can't help but want to pick up a guitar and play it yourself.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ruined by remastering 2 Jun 2004
By Matt
Format:Audio CD
I already had a vinyl copy of this album. It is a true ZZ Top classic, one of their best.
The CD version has been remastered and they seem to have tried to make it sound like an 80's rock album by the addition of reverb. This completely spoils the character of the album and does make a real difference to the sound.
I recommend you look for a secondhand vinyl copy. You will not be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album - biblicly bad remastering. 16 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD
This has to be one of the most upsetting purchases I have made. I have had a copy of Rio on cassette since I was 10 (that's 25 years), so have grown up listening to pure unadulterated TOP. When I started to listen to the CD I almost wept. How could someone do this to what was the best gritty dirty blues. That was part of TOP's appeal - they were earthy. The remastering has almost destroyed what is a brilliant album, and the songs are that good. Whoever reverbed the vocals on SURE GOT COLD should be publicly humiliated. To anyone who can buy a turntable and find it on vinyl, it will be worth it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Great Z Z Top Rip-off 14 July 2010
Format:Audio CD
OK forgot all the issues about re-mastering. I am, after all, a vinyl snob but unfortunately although I take pride in my vinyl my copy of this has worn so badly and another copy has been hard to find that I thought I'd get a copy on CD. The reason the remastering is a non-issue is that bits of several tracks have been edited out of the original. The first track, "Francine" fades out about half a minute earlier than on the vinyl. The second track "Just Got Paid" has had a chunk edited out in the middle (about forty seconds) depriving us of some of Billy Gibbons finest slide guitar. WHAT IS THE POINT OF DOING THAT? Then the other crime is on "Sure Got Cold After the Rain Fell" where over half a minute of Billy Gibbons closing solo has disappeared.

What music is there is great, one of my favourite Z Z Top albums, although if this has been remastered it still sounds very tired compared to the vinyl. The original album only lasts about thirty-nine minutes (contrary to the forty-one that both the vinyl sleeve and the CD insert imply) so it's not like it's a long album but this version is less than thirty-seven!

If you have any respect for the blues, try and get this on vinyl even if you have to go out and buy something to play it on.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Remastering has stolen this album's vinyl soul 3 Jun 2004
By Phil
Format:Audio CD
I agree with Matt. I had a vinyl copy of this excellent album that sounded much tighter and more up-front than this stadium rock remastering, which is truly disappointing. The original production created a more subtle soundscape to the abstract blues of ZZ Top's early albums. . Save your money for a vinyl copy - just as Matt advises.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The band no one would follow on stage 24 Oct 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
ZZ Top were already the finished article by the time they made this album. 'Rio Grande Mud' is the work of a confident, highly able unit. Billy Gibbons's distinct hard-fuzzed guitar sound is recognisable throughout and the band's collective high-octane blues is just as consistent. Indeed, the main reason for buying this is to savour the execution. The material is consistently good, rather than great, but made better by the performance. 'Francine', which opens the album, is the most instant track, though it's rather obviously modelled on the Stones' 'Brown Sugar'. 'Bar-B-Q' is the most successful example of their high-powered rock, while the long, slow 'Sure Got Cold After The Rain Fell' and the harp-flavoured 'Mushmouth Shouting' lean more toward blues roots. ZZ Top's early albums are their most rewarding and this is a great example of that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars killer but badly needs remastering 6 Dec 2006
By freewheeling frankie TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
ZZ Top's second album was a huge improvement on the first, and while it didn't include any big hits, it's one of their most consistent records and established them as the best blues-rock band of the 1970s. The album is a seamless, funky blend of blues and rock, the former most obviously on the scorching instrumental Freddie King tribute Apologies To Pearly and more downhome Mushmouth Shouting, the latter across tunes like the well funky Ko Ko Blue, driving Just Got Paid and Stones-y Francine. If there isn't anything quite up to the peaks of their next record, "Tres Hombres", it comes pretty close and none of the lesser tracks (and I haven't mentioned all the best ones) come anywhere near to being a waste of space. That's the good news...

The bad news is that this album hasn't been reissued on CD since the Palaeozoic era of 1988, and even without the annoying reverb added to the original CD issues of ZZ Top's 70s records, it would be badly in need of remastering. Given that most of it appeared in remastered form on their box set, it's a fairly safe bet that the work has already been done and it's just a matter of waiting for the next batch of remastered (and expanded) CDs to follow "Tres Hombres" and "Fandango".
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