The Big Bad Blues
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Audio CD, 21 September 2018
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 14.2 x 12.5 x 0.79 cm; 92.13 Grams
- Manufacturer : CONCORD RECORDS
- Item Model Number : 0888072057982
- Original Release Date : 2018
- Label : CONCORD RECORDS
- ASIN : B07F7VFCLX
- Number of discs : 1
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The Big Bad Blues, as the title suggests, focuses on Gibbons’ lifelong love of the blues and rock & roll, showcasing the blues-influenced vocals and guitar licks that have together served as the foundation for his numerous hits over the past five decades. The album features 11 tracks balancing some classic covers like “Rollin’ and Tumblin’” and “Standing Around Crying,” along with some of Billy’s signature new blues originals.
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Right from the start with Missin’ Yo’ Kissin’ and throughout the album there are many familiar sounds for the ZZ Top fan to enjoy plus there is the extended musical expression of Billy’s Blues roots - which is of course what this album is all about.
The great surprise on this album is the last track ‘Crackin’ Up’ (Bo Diddly) with its Carribean/Ska feel - a great end to the album which just makes you want to play the whole album through again.
Overall a great addition to any ZZ Top/Billy Gibbons record collection.
He's clearly run out of ideas and is just adding to his pension fund. I am rapidly losing respect for the man.
Go back to 70s ZZ, Eliminator, or 90s ZZ to hear his best.
UPDATE 26 MARCH 2021:
Decided to update after listening to this again after a few years, and I see this vanity project in an even worse light than previously. It's throwaway formulaic tripe with session musos, trite lyrics and a sad old man trying to cling to his glory days still writing songs about girls less than a third of his age when he probably can't even get a boner any more. All the tracks are too short and sound like fillers which would probably be rejected from any self-respecting ZZ album, and all the riffs sound familiar, regurgitated and tired.
I didn't mean this to be so cruel, but somebody should point out the truth. Still, God bless the bloke for all the pleasure he's imparted in his day.
Indeed, maybe too many people have only listened to ZZ Top from Eliminator when they hit upon their winning formula of short simple rocking songs and have not ventured into the back catalogue wherein their true roots lay - but this is very much their loss as it would give them a better understanding of the band.
That all said, Perfectomundo was a departure to the "norm" of Mr Gibbons musical styles (and I enjoyed that thoroughly) so it is with great pleasure that we now get an album from the man going right the way back to the beginning (and by so doing, bringing everything full circle)
So, not a lengthy album by any stretch of the imagination, but for once I ain't complaining as this has been a "go to album" for any road trip for it's energy as much as it's Joie De Vivre (if we can say that in these post Brexit times!) From the off, it comes sprinting out of the speakers with Missin' Yo' Kissin, followed in rapid succession by My Baby She Rocks, replete with the man's harmonica (that we rarely get to hear with latter day ZZ recordings) and of course, his down and dirty guitar phrasing and passages....and all bound together with that incredible vocal that sounds like he's been gargling with grit for all of his life)
Old standards like Standing Around Crying and Rollin' & Tumblin' get a fresh airing here and while Mr Gibbons doesn't add much more to these tunes, he makes them very much all his own with his low down and dirty sound
Certainly plenty here for the afficianado of the genre or anyone who wants to hear the blues played by a life long blues guitarist who plays slow and with feeling....nothing shredded here (thank gawd!) Proving that a handful of notes can say as much as a thousand :)
Yep, this is a good all round album that can be enjoyed as background, or else as one of those albums that, in the privacy of your own car, can be sung along to at the top of your lungs...never a dull moment, thank you Mr Gibbons!