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Vinyl, Import, 22 October 2012
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 31.19 x 31.7 x 0.99 cm; 544.03 Grams
- Manufacturer : UNIVERSL MUSIC ENTRPRISES
- Manufacturer reference : B0017381-01
- Original Release Date : 2012
- Label : UNIVERSL MUSIC ENTRPRISES
- ASIN : B008U6QANC
- Number of discs : 2
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Double vinyl LP pressing. 2012 release, the first studio album from the Blues/Rock trio in nine years. The album harks back to the hallmark raw sound of the band's formative years and will, inevitably, be considered a return to form on multiple levels. La Futura, produced by Rick Rubin and Billy F. Gibbons, finds the legendary group infusing the newly recorded work with the electric Blues/Roots approach that typified ZZ Top's earliest work while, at the same time, reaching for new sonic horizons. At its fundament, this is the incarnation of the band whose influence resonates today with such artists as The Black Keys, Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age and many others.
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I know some long time fans are not keen on the newer more gritty sounding ZZ Top. But personally I love it. You can't expect a band that has been around for nearly 50 years to have exactly the same sound as their first record. For me this is one of their strengths as they have produced such varied stuff which could still only be them.
However I ended up returning it because the CD arrived in a cardboard cover, the same kind you'd see free CDs that are sometimes included with newspapers and magazines being packaged in. Amazon should make it compulsory for music retailers to describe what packaging their CDs are going to arrive in as I've recently received a few CDs that weren't in Jewel cases and as I've now become sick of this, I've returned this disc and will return any others that don't arrive in a proper case. It's frustrating to have to waste time & money re-packing and posting things back whereas if I'd known the disc was in a cardboard cover from the outset, I'd have avoided buying it. I'm not obsessed with CD packaging per se but when you have a fairly large amount of CDs , an individual album becomes annoyingly hard to find when they're not in the proper jewel cases.
Ever since witnessing them in the UK at the early stages of their career, I have avidly followed what was once a straightforward blues band develop into what one can only refer to as a minimalistic blues rock combo with leanings towards the Hispanic lifestyle....but cool with a capital C they most certainly have now become - the irony being that whereas contemporaries have stuck rigidly in one genre or other and become old and tired, ZZ Top have created their own little niche and look as old (young) today as they did in the mid / late 70's when they produced their Tejas! and Deguello albums which established their Rip Van Winkle imagery and laid back dirty sound.
Is this really as good as their earlier material? Well, yes and no, for sure we are hearing the same riffs and chord sequences - but hell, man, this is rock royalty giving their fans just short of 40 minutes of rock and blues that cannot be obtained anywhere else - yes, Mr Gibbons' voice is getting a little ragged around the edges and the bass of Mr Hill is so sparse that you wonder whether he was in the same building when this set of tunes was recorded but it is all so ZZ Top - it is what it is and the world is, without doubt as far as I am concerned, a better place for it!
Favourites here are Consumption, Heartache in Blue, It's Too Easy Manana and Big Shiny Nine BUT the whole album is consistent which would point to the fact that Mr Rubin really instilled some fire in the bellies of messrs Gibbons, Hill & Beard
Onwards and upwards....can this be the start of more studio albums? Let's hope so!