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A much underrated classic!
on 7 May 2017
Everything you are going to read here is going to be completely biased because I'm a diehard ZZ fan, but rest assured that it is the truth!
Through every ZZ recording there is a certain 'je ne sais croie' that has you spellbound and forces you to listen through the whole album. This occurs from the 'First Album' up to and including 'Eliminator.' They really capture a moment and embellish it. This is excellently encapsulated in 'Tejas' where the emphasis is based around their.dare-I-say C&W, bluegrass, blues and boogie roots and the basic musician's need to improvise. This and incorporating one of the tightest rhythm section in a three-piece band along with some great songwriting brought forth 'Tejas'. I think you could put this album in a genre of its' own, prog-country boogie maybe!
I believe that it was not accepted well by the press and the listener upon its' release; not mainstream enough I suppose. But once you crack this nut and listen to it deeply, a real gem shines through. The tightness of that rhythm section and Billy F Gibbons guitar prowess set the tone and pace here and it is pure genius!
You will notice that this is not a 'verified purchase', but I am one of the lucky ones that has the album on vinyl, as well as the awful 'ZZ Top Six-Pack' CD multi-album compilation with a remix using 80s recording techniques and plenty of gated reverb - yuck! This is from where some of the versions of the earlier albums in CD format have been taken, so if you can get the real article, even if it means buying a turntable! Remember, all guitar music belongs on vinyl, do you hear me, Billy?
Oh and if 'Uncle Billy' or one of his minions pick up on this review, is there any chance of a re-issue in 180g vinyl in its' original format?