Rio Grande Mud

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Rio Grande Mud
ZZ Top - Rio Grande Mud.jpg
Studio album by ZZ Top
Released April 4, 1972 (1972-04-04)
Recorded 1971–1972 at Robin Hood Studios, Tyler, Texas
Genre Texas blues, hard rock, blues rock, boogie rock, southern rock
Length 38:55
Label London
Producer Bill Ham
ZZ Top chronology
ZZ Top's First Album
(1971)ZZ Top's First Album1971
Rio Grande Mud
Tres Hombres
(1973)Tres Hombres1973
Singles from Rio Grande Mud
  1. "Francine"
    Released: 1972

Rio Grande Mud is the second album by the American rock band ZZ Top. It was released in 1972.

The album title was inspired by the Rio Grande, the river that forms the border between Mexico and Texas.

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).[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Robert ChristgauC[3]
Rolling StoneMixed[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2/5 stars[5]

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."[2]

The album peaked at number 104 on the Billboard 200.


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."

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Francine"Steve Perron, Kenny Cordray3:33
2."Just Got Paid"Gibbons, Bill Ham4:49
3."Mushmouth Shoutin'"Gibbons, Ham3:41
4."Ko Ko Blue"Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard4:56
Side two
6."Apologies to Pearly"Gibbons, Hill, Beard, Ham2:39
7."Bar-B-Q"Gibbons, Ham3:34
8."Sure Got Cold After the Rain Fell"Gibbons7:39
9."Whiskey'n Mama"Gibbons, Hill, Beard, Ham3:20
10."Down Brownie"Gibbons2:53
Total length:38:55


ZZ Top


Year Chart Position
1972 Pop Albums 104[citation needed]
Year Single Chart Position
1972 "Francine" Pop Singles 69[citation needed]


  1. ^ Gallucci, Michael. "New ZZ Top Box Will Include Original Mixes of First 10 Albums". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Rio Grande Mud at AllMusic
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: zz top". Retrieved August 10, 2011.
  4. ^ Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved July 22, 2007. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Cross, Charles R. (2004). "ZZ Top". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 907–8. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.