Rhythmeen

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Rhythmeen
ZZ Top - Rhythmeen.jpg
Studio album by ZZ Top
Released September 17, 1996
Genre Blues rock, hard rock
Length 53:55
Label RCA
Producer Billy Gibbons, Bill Ham
ZZ Top chronology
One Foot in the Blues
(1994)One Foot in the Blues1994
Rhythmeen
(1996)
XXX
(1999)XXX1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [2]

Rhythmeen is the twelfth studio album by the American blues rock band ZZ Top, released in 1996. It is the first ZZ Top album to have a title track, which is the first track on the album (though Antenna featured a song called "Antenna Head"). It is also the last album with longtime producer, Bill Ham.

Reception[edit]

Allmusic gave it a mixed review, stating: "ZZ Top's long-awaited return to blues finally arrived in 1996, well over a decade after they abandoned their simple three-chord boogie for a synth and drum machine-driven three-chord boogie."

The album peaked at number 29 on the Billboard 200 and at number 32 on the UK Albums Chart.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Rhythmeen" Billy Gibbons 3:53
2. "Bang Bang" Gibbons 4:28
3. "Black Fly" Gibbons 3:31
4. "What's Up with That" Gibbons, Joe Hardy, Luther Ingram, Mack Rice[3] 5:19
5. "Vincent Price Blues" Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard 6:04
6. "Zipper Job" Gibbons, Hill, Beard 4:14
7. "Hairdresser" Gibbons, Hardy 3:48
8. "She's Just Killing Me" Gibbons, Hill, Beard 4:55
9. "My Mind Is Gone" Gibbons, Hardy, Gary Moon, Stevie Wonder 4:06
10. "Loaded" Gibbons, Hardy 3:47
11. "Prettyhead" Gibbons, Hill, Beard 4:37
12. "Hummbucking, Pt. 2" Gibbons, Hill, Beard 5:13
Total length: 53:55
Bonus track [Japan]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Isn't Love Amazing" Gibbons 5:15
Total length: 59:10

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers – Billy Gibbons, Bill Ham
  • Engineer – Joe Hardy
  • Assistant engineers – Lizzie Harrah, Gary Moon
  • Mixing – Joe Hardy
  • Mastering – Bob Ludwig
  • Director – Douglas Biro
  • Art direction – Sean Mosher-Smith
  • Design – Billy Gibbons, Sean Mosher-Smith
  • Photography – James Bland
  • Studio - John Moran's House of Funk aka Digital Services Recording

Recording[edit]

“We originally had a working title of ‘Nearing The Completion Stage'. But, it was the backbeat, that mean groove, which hit us as a strong recurring element of the album. So, we did our customary play on words, shuffling words about until we came up with our own invention – a feel-good elixir named Rhythmeen.”[4]

Gibbons uses an early 1950s Les Paul Goldtop guitar and is featured prominently throughout the album.[5]

Charts[edit]

AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1996 The Billboard 200 29[citation needed]

SinglesBillboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1996 "Bang Bang" Mainstream Rock Tracks 22[citation needed]
1996 "She's Just Killing Me" Mainstream Rock Tracks 12[citation needed]
1996 "What's Up with That" Mainstream Rock Tracks 5[citation needed]
1997 "Rhythmeen" Mainstream Rock Tracks 35[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas, Stephen (September 17, 1996). "Rhythmeen - ZZ Top : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved June 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ "ZZ Top: Rhythmeen". RollingStone.com. February 2, 1996. Archived from the original on 2009-05-25. Retrieved June 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ "ZZ Top - Rhythmeen (CD, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ Vogel, Michael (27 September 1996) "ZZ Top - Rhythmeen". The Album Network
  5. ^ Billy Gibbons Rock&Roll Gearhead book