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by ZZ Top
Tejas by ZZ Top
Released: Jan 1976
Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
Similar to "Francine" from Rio Grande Mud, the guitars in opener "It's Only Love" point to the fact that Billy Gibbons is about the only dude ever that figured out the mystery of Keith Richards' secret guitar-tuning and knack for riffs that shuffle, swing and rock at once. "Arrested for Driving While Blind" and "El Diablo" are all Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, though; that means they boogie at half-speed and are as taut as they are loose. The whole album is draped in this muffled, almost narcotic tone. Maybe not the world-buster that Tres Amigos was, but still great.
Mike McGuirk
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