|Rio Grande Mud|
|Studio album by|
|Released||April 4, 1972|
|Recorded||1971–1972 at Robin Hood Studios, Tyler, Texas|
|Genre||Texas blues, hard rock, blues rock, boogie rock, southern rock|
|ZZ Top chronology|
|Singles from Rio Grande Mud|
Rio Grande Mud is the second studio album by the American rock band ZZ Top. It was released in 1972 by London label. The album title was inspired by the Rio Grande, the river that forms the border between Mexico and Texas.
ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons said of the album:
It was the first record that brought us into step with the writing experience. We started documenting events as they happened to us on the road; all of these elements went into the songwriting notebook. As we went along, we were keeping track of skeleton ideas as they popped up. The craft was certainly developing.
In 1987, the album was remixed for CD release. On January 11, 2011, Rhino released a remastered version from the original 1972 mix on vinyl only. This album was put up for download on Amazon's MP3 store and iTunes as a digital download in 2012, and features the original mixes of the tracks that are on Chrome, Smoke & BBQ, and the 1987 remixes of the tracks that are not from that box set. The original mix of the album was released on CD in June 2013 as part of the box set The Complete Studio Albums (1970-1990).
|Christgau's Record Guide||C|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
|The Daily Vault||A-|
AllMusic retrospectively gave the album 3.5 stars, stating: "With their second album, Rio Grande Mud, ZZ Top uses the sound they sketched out on their debut as a blueprint, yet they tweak it in slight but important ways."
The only single released from the album was "Francine" (b/w "Down Brownie") which peaked at number 69 on the Billboard Hot 100. Another 45 version was released with "Francine" appearing on both sides (side one with English vocals and side two with Spanish vocals). Various official ZZ Top releases throughout the years, beginning in 1972, have used the alternative spelling "Francene", especially on the various 45 releases both within and outside the United States. A song about romance with an underage girl, the lyrics contain lines such as
My Francine just turned thirteen, she's my angelic teenage queen, and I love her, she's all that I want
|1.||"Francine"||Billy Gibbons, Steve Perron, Kenny Cordray||3:33|
|2.||"Just Got Paid"||Gibbons, Bill Ham||4:49|
|3.||"Mushmouth Shoutin'"||Gibbons, Ham||3:41|
|4.||"Ko Ko Blue"||Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard||4:56|
|1.||"Apologies to Pearly"||Gibbons, Hill, Beard, Ham||2:39|
|3.||"Sure Got Cold After the Rain Fell"||Gibbons||7:39|
|4.||"Whiskey'n Mama"||Gibbons, Hill, Beard, Ham||3:20|
- ZZ Top
- Billy Gibbons – guitar, vocals
- Dusty Hill – bass guitar, keyboards, lead vocals on "Francine" and "Chevrolet"
- Frank Beard – drums, percussion
- Additional personnel
- Pete Tickle - acoustic guitar on "Mushmouth Shoutin'"
- "Billy Gibbons talks ZZ Top: The Complete Studio Albums (1970-1990)".
- Gallucci, Michael. "New ZZ Top Box Will Include Original Mixes of First 10 Albums". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
- Rio Grande Mud at AllMusic
- Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: Z". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 9, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
- https://web.archive.org/web/20070930235629/http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/zztop/albums/album/240679/review/5944861/rio_grande_mud. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved July 22, 2007. Missing or empty
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- Thelen, Christopher (2019). "The Daily Vault Music Reviews : Rio Grande Mud". dailyvault.com. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
- "Billboard 200, The week of June 17 & June 24, 1972". Billboard.
- "The Hot 100, The week of July 8, 1972". Billboard.