Since the release of the band's debut album in January 1971, they have become known for their strong blues roots and humorous lyrical motifs, relying heavily on double entendres and innuendo. The band's musical style has changed over the years, beginning with blues-inspired rock on their early albums, then incorporating New Wave, punk rock and dance-rock, with heavy use of synthesizers. In 1979, the band reunited after a two-year break from touring and signed a new recording contract, switching from London Records to Warner Bros. Lead vocalist Gibbons and bass guitarist Dusty Hill grew chest-length beards which, along with black sunglasses, have become distinctive aspects of the band's image.
The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. As a group, they possesses 11 gold records and 7 platinum (13 multi-platinum) records; their 1983 album, today's mystery album, remains the group's most commercially successful record, selling over 10 million units. The band also ranks 80th in U.S. album sales, with 25 million units.To this day, they have sold over 50 million albums worldwide.
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Today's mystery album was released July 26, 1973 it's the third studio album released by today's band. The album was the first of many times the band worked with Terry Manning as engineer. It was a successful combination as the release was the band's first commercial breakthrough. It couldn't have happened to a better record. The band finally got their low-down, cheerfully sleazy blooze-n-boogie right on this, their third album. As their sound gelled, producer Bill Ham discovered how to record the trio so simply that they sound indestructible, and the group brought the best set of songs they'd ever have to the table. On the surface, there's nothing really special about the record, since it's just a driving blues-rock album from a Texas bar band, but that's what's special about it. It has a filthy groove and an infectious feel, thanks to Billy Gibbons' growling guitars and the steady propulsion of Dusty Hill and Frank Beard's rhythm section. They get the blend of bluesy shuffles, gut-bucket rocking, and off-beat humor just right. The group's very identity comes from this earthy sound and songs as utterly infectious as "Waitin' for the Bus," "Jesus Just Left Chicago," "Move Me on Down the Line," and the John Lee Hooker boogie "La Grange." In a sense, they kept trying to remake this record from this point on -- what is Eliminator if not this album with sequencers and synthesizers? -- but they never got it better than they did here.
In 2003, the album was ranked number 498 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2012, the album ranked at number 490 on a revised list. A remastered and expanded edition of the album was released on February 28, 2006, which contains three bonus live tracks. The 2006 edition is the first CD version to use Manning's original 1973 mix, and it's up for grabs here
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