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Azure Blue and Jalapeno Hot
on 22 July 2009
This was luckily the first ZZ album I bought about 14 years ago at the same time I was getting into the likes of Howlin Wolf, Buddy Guy, SRV etc and this album is still a huge favourite of mine, i'd say it was probably one of my desert island discs. Like someone else said here, Manic Mechanic doesn't really fit (although it's pretty funny) but the other tracks more than make up for it and it's got a nice clear but not overdone kind of production, probably influenced by the Austin blues scene that was gathering momentum at the time ("Lowdown In The Street" is about the Rome Inn and the goings-on there) and you can also really here this in the guitar playing/tones here which is more Blues than Rock. If you've never heard ZZ Top before the spinning guitars and red car MTV era or are more of a blues fan, this is the one to start with.