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Hardware

Billy F Gibbons

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1.1
My Lucky Card
Billy F Gibbons
2:35
1.2
She’s On Fire
Billy F Gibbons
2:46
1.3
More-More-More
Billy F Gibbons
3:02
1.4
Shuffle, Step & Slide
Billy F Gibbons
3:10
1.5
Vagabond Man
Billy F Gibbons
3:59
1.6
Spanish Fly
Billy F Gibbons
4:01
1.7
West Coast Junkie
Billy F Gibbons
2:48
1.8
Stackin’ Bones (feat. Larkin Poe)
Billy F Gibbons; Larkin Poe
3:16
1.9
I Was A Highway
Billy F Gibbons
2:34
1.10
S-G-L-M-B-B-R
Billy F Gibbons
2:25
1.11
Hey Baby, Que Paso
Billy F Gibbons
2:53
1.12
Desert High
Billy F Gibbons
3:27
Total Playing Time    36:56
In contrast to The Big Bad Blues and Perfectamundo, Gibbons’ debut solo album, almost all of the Hardware repertoire is original and rock-oriented with eleven of the album’s twelve songs written by Gibbons, Sorum, Fiorentino and Shlosser. The sole exception is “Hey Baby, Que Paso,” originally recorded by the Texas Tornados. The album’s title is a tribute to legendary recording engineer the late Joe Hardy who worked with Gibbons and ZZ Top dating back to the mid-1980s. Sonically, the album was influenced by the high desert circumstance of its recording. Says Gibbons “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.” While a truly broad spectrum of approaches is notable on the album’s hard driving tracks there is, to be sure, no mistaking the remarkable tone and growling vocals that are hallmarks of Billy Gibbons’ artistry. Elements of traditional hard rock, neo-metal, country rock, new wave, blues and even surf music make Hardware difficult to categorize and it would be a fool’s game to do so. In fact, “Desert High,” the album’s last track, is a spoken word piece accompanied by a sinewy guitar that evokes the legend Graham Parsons whose death 48 years ago took place very close to where Hardware was recorded. Billy sums up the album’s ecumenical construct, “We holed up in the desert for a few weeks in the heat of the summer and that in itself was pretty intense. To let off steam we just ‘let it rock’ and that’s what Hardware is really all about. For the most part, it’s a raging rocker but always mindful of the desert’s implicit mystery.”
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Concord Records Studio Masters

Tracks 1-11 – 44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM, mastered in 96 kHz / 24-bit Track 12 – 48 kHz / 24-bit PCM, mastered in 96 kHz / 24-bit

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