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Billy F Gibbons – Hardware – Picture Disc Vinyl Record

 

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Billy F Gibbons – Hardware – Picture Disc Vinyl Record

Hardware is the third solo studio album by Billy F Gibbons, the legendary guitarist and lead vocalist of ZZ Top, released on June 4, 2021. Known for his distinctive guitar style and gravelly voice, Gibbons brings his rock and blues influences to this album. The picture disc edition of Hardware adds a visual element to the listening experience, making it a collectible for fans.

The album features a blend of rock and blues, characterized by gritty guitar riffs, driving rhythms, and Gibbons’ signature vocal style. It stays true to the roots of classic rock while incorporating modern elements. Recorded in the high desert of California, the album captures a raw, desert rock vibe, reflecting the environment in which it was created.

Track Highlights:

“West Coast Junkie”: An energetic track that captures the spirit of California rock, featuring catchy guitar riffs and a driving beat.
“My Lucky Card”: Showcases Gibbons’ bluesy guitar playing and distinctive vocals, with a strong, groove-laden rhythm.
“More-More-More”: A hard-hitting rock track with powerful guitar work and an infectious chorus.
“Shuffle, Step & Slide”: Combines blues influences with a modern rock twist, featuring gritty guitar tones and a memorable melody.
“Desert High”: A reflective track that closes the album, with spoken word lyrics and atmospheric instrumentation, capturing the essence of the desert setting.

Many of the lyrics explore themes of the rock and roll lifestyle, with references to cars, women, and partying, delivered with Gibbons’ characteristic wit and swagger. Reflecting the album’s recording environment, several tracks incorporate imagery of the desert, adding a unique and evocative element to the lyrics.

The production emphasizes a raw and authentic sound, capturing the live energy of the recordings. The album was produced by Billy Gibbons along with Matt Sorum and Mike Fiorentino. The album features excellent guitar work, with Gibbons’ signature style front and center. The rhythm section, handled by Matt Sorum on drums and Austin Hanks on guitar, provides a solid foundation for the tracks.

Hardware was produced by Gibbons with Matt Sorum and Mike Fiorentino with additional production by engineer Chad Shlosser. Guns ‘N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver and The Cult drummer Sorum also plays on the album as part of a core band featuring guitarist Austin Hanks. It’s the same musical backbone that starred on Gibbons’ second solo release for Concord, The Big Bad Blues, which came out in 2018 and won the Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Award.

As a title, Hardware is an affectionate nod to the late and great recording engineer Joe Hardy, whose working relationship with Gibbons and ZZ Top goes back to the mid-1980s. The album also bears the influence of its recording location. “The desert settings, replete with shifting sands, cacti and rattlesnakes makes for the kind of backdrop that lends an element of intrigue reflected in the sounds created out there,” says Gibbons.

The picture disc edition features striking and visually appealing artwork, making it a collector’s item for fans. The visuals complement the album’s themes and enhance the overall experience. Picture discs are often sought after by collectors for their aesthetic appeal and rarity. The design and presentation of this edition add an extra layer of value to the album.

Hardware received positive reviews from critics, who praised Gibbons’ guitar work, the album’s raw energy, and its cohesive blend of rock and blues. It was noted for its authentic sound and Gibbons’ charismatic performance. Fans of Billy Gibbons and ZZ Top appreciated the album for its rock and roll spirit and the high-quality musicianship. The picture disc edition has been particularly popular among collectors.

Hardware by Billy F Gibbons is a testament to his enduring talent and his ability to craft compelling rock and blues music. The album’s raw production, desert rock vibes, and standout guitar work make it a significant addition to his discography. The picture disc edition enhances the album’s appeal, offering a visual treat for fans and collectors. “Hardware” continues to showcase Gibbons’ influence in the rock and blues genres, reaffirming his status as a legendary musician.

Limited edition of 4000 copies, picture disc on transparent sleeve.

Brand new, never played and still in the factory plastic

Track Listing
My Lucky Card
She’s On Fire
More-More-More
Shuffle, Step & Slide
Vagabond Man
Spanish Fly
West Coast Junkie
Stackin’ Bones
I Was A Highway
S-G-L-M-B-B-R
Hey Baby, Que Paso
Desert High

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