HEAR OTHER ZZ TOP PROTO-TYPES RECORDED BY LINDEN HUDSON AT:
"Legs" at: https://soundcloud.com/texasman-1/legs-song-by-zz-top-pre-release-proto-type-recording-clip
"Dirty Dog" at: soundcloud.com/texasman-1/dirty-dog-song-prototype-from
"TV Dinners" at: soundcloud.com/texasman-1/tv-dinners-original-zz-top-song-prototype-sample-clips
"Under Pressure" at: soundcloud.com/texasman-1/got-me-under-pressure-song
This clip contains 3 short pieces of a proto-type of a famous song (this proto-type is the absolute original demo recording of the song). It's the proto-type of "I Got The Six" which appeared on the incredibly famous ZZ Top "Eliminator" album. This album went beyond Platinum, as it was rated "diamond" which starts at ten times platinum. Rolling Stone Magazine rated "Eliminator" as one of history's top 500 albums of all time. The proto-type of "I Got The Six" that you are about to hear was the developed concept track meant as a guide pattern for the final production. You will hear a wild harmonica test at the end (played by Billy Gibbons) that did not appear in this song on the final album production. This demo is historical and interesting. Sadly, & historically, Linden Hudson was deeply involved in the creation of this album, but he was never given credit or willfully paid monies by the band for his creative & technical efforts. In fact, mild mannered Linden was ostracized & treated like dirt by ZZ Top management for politely requesting credit. Rock & roll, it's not a business, but just a fucked up jungle.
The slivers of the prototype that you hear in this clip have been unheard in Linden Hudson's closet for 30 years.
Who is Linden Hudson? Here are some press clippings for starters:
CLASSICBANDS DOT COM said: “According to former roadie David Blayney in his book SHARP DRESSED MEN: sound engineer Linden Hudson co-wrote much of the material on the ELIMINATOR album.”
FROM THE BOOK "SHARP DRESSED MEN - ZZ TOP" By David Blayney (ZZ Top's stage manager of 15 years): (page 227): “In the song LEGS Linden Hudson introduced the pumping synthesizer effect."
FROM THE BOOK: “SHARP DRESSED MEN — ZZ TOP” BY DAVID BLAYNEY: "Linden Hudson in a fair world should have had his name all over “Eliminator” and gotten the just compensation he deserved. Instead he got ostracized.”
FROM THE BOOK “SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP” (BY DAVID BLAYNEY): “Linden found himself in the position of being Billy’s (Billy Gibbons, ZZ TOP guitarist) closest collaborator on “Eliminator”. In fact, he wound up spending more time on the album than anybody except Billy. While the two of them spent day after day in the studio, they were mostly alone with the equipment and the ideas.”
Here is an excerpt FROM THE BOOK: “TRES HOMBRES — THE STORY OF ZZ TOP” BY DAVID SINCLAIR (WRITER FOR THE LONDON TIMES): “Linden Hudson, the engineer/producer who lived at Beard’s house (ZZ’s drummer) had drawn their attention to the possibilities of the new recording technology and specifically to the charms of the straight drumming pattern, as used on a programmed drum machine. On “Eliminator” ZZ Top unveiled a simple new musical combination that cracked open a vast worldwide market”.
FROM THE BOOK: “SHARP DRESSED MEN — ZZ TOP” BY DAVID BLAYNEY: “After his quantitative revelations, Linden informally but instantly became ZZ Top’s rehearsal hall theoretician, producer, and engineer.”
FROM THE BOOK: “SHARP DRESSED MEN — ZZ TOP” BY DAVID BLAYNEY: “Linden remained at Frank’s (ZZ Top drummer) place as ZZ’s live-in engineer throughout the whole period of “Eliminator” rehearsals, and was like one of the family… …as he (Linden) worked at the controls day after day, watching the album (Eliminator) take shape, his hopes for a big step forward in his production career undoubtedly soared. “Eliminator” marked the first time that ZZ Top was able to rehearse an entire album with the recording studio gadgetry that Billy so loved. With Linden Hudson around all the time, it also was the first time the band could write, rehearse, and record with someone who knew the men and the machines. ZZ Top was free to go musically crazy, but also musically crazy like a fox. Linden made that possible too”.
FROM THE BOOK: “SHARP DRESSED MEN — ZZ TOP” BY DAVID BLAYNEY: “Probably the most dramatic development in ZZ Top recording approaches came about as ELIMINATOR was constructed. What had gone on before was evolutionary; this change was revolutionary. ZZ Top got what amounted to a new bandsman (Linden) for the album, unknown to the world at large and at first even to Dusty and Frank.
FROM THE BOOK: “SHARP DRESSED MEN — ZZ TOP” BY DAVID BLAYNEY: “The integral position Linden occupied in the process of building “Eliminator” was demonstrated eloquently in the case of the song “Under Pressure”. Billy and Linden, the studio wizards, did the whole song all in one afternoon without either the bass player or drummer even knowing it had been written and recorded on a demo tape. Linden synthesized the bass and drums and helped write the lyrics; Billy did the guitars and vocals.”
FROM THE BOOK: “SHARP DRESSED MEN — ZZ TOP” BY DAVID BLAYNEY: (page 199): “The next day, when Frank and Dusty were actually in the studio instead of out and about, Ham (ZZ Top manager) arrived just to hear “Under Pressure” played in the flesh by ZZ Top. When he asked them to play it, Frank and Dusty looked at Ham like two bulls at a bastard calf. What in the hell did he mean, play under pressure? ZZ Top always played under pressure! Neither of them had the faintest idea what Ham was talking about until Billy and Linden filled them in later. It was quite a while before Ham discovered that Frank and Dusty had not been around for the demo recording of “Under Pressure”, if he ever learned the true situation. (end quote: this further describes that fact that Frank and Dusty were not involved at all in the construction of the song “Under Pressure”. It was constructed the day before by Billy and you-know-who).
FROM THE BOOK: “SHARP DRESSED MEN — ZZ TOP” BY DAVID BLAYNEY: “He (Linden) went back with the boys to 1970 when he was working as a radio disc jocky aliased Jack Smack. He was emcee for a show ZZ did around that time, and even sang an encore tune with the band, perhaps the only person ever to have that honor.”
FROM THE BOOK: “ZZ TOP – BAD AND WORLDWIDE” (ROLLING STONE PRESS, WRITTEN BY DEBORAH FROST): But with the release of their ninth album, Eliminator, in 1983, these hairy, unlikely rock heroes had become a pop phenomenon. This had something to do with the discoveries of a young preproduction engineer (Linden Hudson) whose contributions, like those of many associated with the band over the years, were never acknowledged.
TEXAS MONTHLY MAGAZINE (Dec 1996, by Joe Nick Patoski): “Hudson floated the notion that the ideal dance music had 124 beats per minute; then he and Gibbons conceived, wrote, and recorded what amounted to a rough draft of an album before the band had set foot inside Ardent Studios.”
FAMOUS101.COM: “Eliminator” is a studio album of the American rock band ZZ Top. It was released on March 23, 1983 and topped the charts worldwide. Its lyrics were co-written by the band’s sound engineer Linden Hudson while the band denied it. After a five-year court battle, Hudson proved that he held the copyright to the song “Thug” included in “Eliminator.”
FROM THE BOOK: “SHARP DRESSED MEN — ZZ TOP” BY DAVID BLAYNEY: “the boys (ZZ Top) were trying to explain to Bill Ham (ZZ Top Manager) that Linden was the studio architect and integral to making the whole electronic concoction (ZZ’s Studio) work properly. He had built it; moreover, it was his direct technical assistance that had produced what “Eliminator” was proving to be.”
FROM THE BOOK “ZZ TOP – BAD AND WORLDWIDE” (ROLLING STONE PRESS, BY DEBORAH FROST): “Sharp Dressed Man” which employed Hudson’s 120 beat-per-minute theory. The feel, the enthusiasm, the snappy beat and crisp clean sound propelled “Eliminator” into the ears and hearts of 5 million people who previously could have care less about the boogie band of “Rio Grande Mud”.
FROM THE BOOK: “ZZ TOP — BAD AND WORLDWIDE” (ROLLING STONE PRESS, WRITTEN BY DEBORAH FROST): “Eventually they decided to use the song (“Thug” by Linden Hudson) on “Eliminator”. They (ZZ Top) and Bill Ham (ZZ’s manager) refused to discuss the question of royalties or album points with him (Linden). They didn’t deny he wrote the song”.
THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE: Feb 1984: “Houston songwriter and producer Linden Hudson has joined Broadcast Music Inc (BMI) as a songwriter affiliate. The former University Of Houston student had his song “Thug” recorded by ZZ Top on their recent ELIMINATOR album.”
CLASSICROCKREVIEW.COM: Sound engineer Linden Hudson researched popular song tempos, and suggested that 120 beats per minute was the most popular tempo in rock music, so most of the recorded Eliminator album was recorded at that tempo. This has since become known as “the people’s tempo”.
Unfortunately Linden Hudson's experience working on the "Eliminator" album was a sad one. See Linden's story at: lindenhudson.com/fa-2
ZZ Top spent 30 years denying that Linden Hudson was involved with the "Eliminator" album, even though Linden actually owned a copyright to one of the songs on the famous album ("Thug"). Finally, in early 2013 Billy Gibbons began to break his silence about Linden's involvement with ZZ Top in an interview with rock journalist Joe Bosso of MusicRadar-Dot-Com, Billy Gibbons said: "We had befriended somebody who would become an influential associate, a guy named Linden Hudson. He was a gifted songwriter and had production skills that were leading the pack at times. He brought some elements to the forefront that helped reshape what ZZ Top were doing, starting in the studio and eventually to the live stage. Linden had no fear and was eager to experiment in ways that would frighten most bands. But we followed suit, and the synthesizers started to show up on record." (end quote)
LINDEN IN WIKIPEDIA (Linden Hudson appears in the following wiki pages)
The final release of the "Eliminator" album featured almost totally digital drums and electronic synthesizer bass.
Billy Gibbons once made a ridiculous statement to ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE about the ELIMINATOR album, in which he stated: "We still sometimes wonder what exactly did transpire to make those sessions dramatically different, I suppose it might have been a return to playing together as a band in the studio as we did onstage." (end quote). ++ Of course the pop world is beginning to realize, a little at a time, that such statements are not true and are in fact ridiculous, since many folks now understand that Frank and Dusty were just barely INVOLVED in the ELIMINATOR recording and writing process. Billy has fought and fought for many years to cover up these facts, likely fearing a "Milli Vanilli" flavored backlash. Ok, whatever. It is what it is, truth is truth, you cannot change truth, it will eventually knock at your door. Right Billy?
TVTROPES.ORG said: “for all intents and purposes, Eliminator is a Billy solo album with contributions by pre-production engineer Linden Hudson, who contributed drum machine programming and keyboard sequencing, and was alleged to have co-written most of the material."
Linden Hudson lives in a suburb of Houston, Texas USA.
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