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Huevos Enhanced, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (April 6, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 1987
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B00000IGSI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,851 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Paradise
2. Look At The Rain
3. Bad Love
4. Sexy Music
5. Crazy
6. Fruit
7. Automatic Mojo
8. Dry Rain
9. I Can't Be Counted On
10. Medley: Baby What You Want Me To Do/I Can't Be Counted On
11. Sexy Music
12. Automatic Mojo
13. Paradise
14. Fruit

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By their fourth album (1987), the Phoenix trio had turned into a full-fledged roots-rock band, leaving their old hard-core peers far behind and instead occupying the territory more commonly associated with the full-on boogie of ZZ Top or the Grateful Dead's wanton self-indulgence. Of course, you still had Curt Kirkwood's innate feel for the desert coming through on songs such as the rollicking "Look at the Rain" and the plangent "Crazy." Listening to the heat-evocative "Sexy Music," you can hear the Meat Puppets' influence on 1998's generation of alt-country rockers, from Mike Ireland and Holler to the Pernice Brothers and upwards. Only occasionally do the trio degenerate into their old warped style (the bonus track "I Can't Be Counted On"); mostly they play it straight. Includes five unreleased bonus tracks. --Everett True

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Includes five previously unreleased tracks, as well as a live video performance from 1988. Also, an essay by Gina Arnold and recording notes by Derrick Bostrom.

Hard driving riff rock, Meat Puppets style. "Huevos" was recorded in four days and released less than six months after "Mirage". But where that album was spacey and lush, "Huevos" is rough and spontaneous. Writing for the Village Voice,Howard Hampton declared it to be "steeped in bliss", while in the the Los Angeles Times,Gina Arnold called it "the band's best effort yet".

For this edition, the album has been expanded to include five additional tracks, featuring early demos of "Sexy Music", "Paradise", "Fruit", and "Automatic Mojo", as well as a cover of Jimmy Reed's "Baby What Do You Want Me to Do".

As an added bonus, the albums in this series include an "Enhanced CD" partition for play on home computers. "Huevos"offers an excerpt from a January 1988 concert. Shot by David Travis and Joe Barton at the Variety Arts Center in Los Angeles, the clip features a live version of "Automatic Mojo".

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I love the Dead and punk rock, and no one has ever combined them like the Pups.
SCOTT BLACK
Despite the sparse production, this album still sounds very psychedelic, as the Kirkwoods seem to have the freakout gene embedded in their DNA.
Quinn
It's really those combination of things that make this such a great album - one that I will never get bored of listening to.
R. Ritterman

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Alapick on April 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
On Huevos, the Meat Puppets continued to expand their musical palette. While their previous release Mirage was a more diverse but less focused affair, Huevos saw the band concentrating on blues-based hard rock. While many have called Huevos the band's ode to ZZ Top, the band makes the sound truly their own as the spirited performances show a sense of urgency lost on their previous album.

Every track here is very solid. The tracks "Paradise", "Bad Love", "Dry Rain", and "Automatic Mojo" are great hard rockers driven by Curt Kirkwood's meaty riffs and his loud and occassionally off-key lead vocals. His solos do sound similar to ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons on many songs, getting more feeling out of a few notes than most bands do out of their 100 mph excursions. The songs "Fruit", "Look At The Rain", and "Crazy" are more rooted in melody and are very good as well. "I Can't Be Counted On" is another great track featuring a catchy melody and chorus. Ironically, the best track here is the only one that's not a hard rocker. "Sexy Music" is one of their best tracks featuring great work from bassist Cris Kirkwood and drummer Derrick Bostrom, great vocals and lyrics from Curt, and a simple keyboard line which adds to the moodiness of the song. The bonus tracks includes four instrumental versions of the album's original tracks. The tracks "Paradise", "Sexy Music", and "Automatic Mojo" are a little heavier than the vocal versions with "Automatic Mojo" actually being stronger than the original. The final track "Fruit" is a showcase for Curt as he solos nearly the entire track, proving he could also play 100 mph if he so chooses. A fine album, it's probably their least diverse release as they stick to hard rock for the most part. If you like great power-trio hard rock, it's an essential purchase. Newcomers may want to check out Too High To Die, Meat Puppets II, or Up On The Sun first.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Not Jim Smith on February 4, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This record shows more of Curt's astounding and astoundingly individual vocal talents, the first time he breaks into 'This is Paradise!' you can truly believe him. I found some tracks more difficult to accept musically than others on this album, an example would be 'Look at the Rain' and 'Fruit', however after the first few times you hear them, they start to become more and more catchy. If you've never heard the Meat Puppets before I'd suggest maybe 'Up on The Sun' instead or 'Meat Puppets II'. However, don't let that put you off buying this album next, the tracks 'Paradise', 'Sexy music', 'Automatic Mojo' and 'I Can't be Counted On' are classics that must be heard.
Also, if you happen to get the re-release of this album you get a video of the 'Pups performing 'Automatic mojo' live....like the album itself, it's something not to be missed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "dorkknight23" on November 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I had my doubts when popping "Huevos" into my CD player. All the reviews I had read suggested a subpar Pups record, something better than their later work, but certainly no "Up on the Sun." And yeah, this is no "Up on the Sun." But "Huevos" really has it's own strengths. Where "Up on the Sun" would seduce you with ethereal guitar work, "Huevos" came in barreling two-fisted, bashed you over the head with a riff, and dragged you back to the bar. There are many incredible songs here (I enjoyed Paradise, Look at the Rain, Bad Love, Sexy Music, Fruit, I Can't be Counted On, and to a lesser extent, Automatic Mojo.) It's a wonderful album, although the special features on the reissue aren't exactly interesting (unlike some of the earlier reissues.) However, I'd definitely recommend this album to any of my friends.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eric Hamen on August 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'm a huge fan of all things Meat Puppet-y. Huevos was the most difficult one to warm up to. The vocals are WAY out front, most obviously with the song "Look at the Rain".

Having said that, this is the album I put on most frequently. "Fruit" and "Sexy Music" are my two favorite MP songs. The rhythm section takes a ZZ Top-ish "southern boogie" tack that the Puppets really used to their advantage to propel the songs along. They used the same technique in the subsequent "Monsters" (which contains the fabulous "Light"...)

I kinda like that they got a little Billy Gibbons in my Meat Puppets...both bands have a similar fried from the desert sun sensibility and it gives you a reason to go back and rediscover ZZ Top.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CHAD BENNETT on October 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is an album that anyone even non-puppet fans should love. The rawness of the vocals on "Look at the Rain" is something you cannot get anywhere else. "Sexy Music" is one of the most creative samples of music I've ever heard. That includes the creative bands of the late 60's. Maybe they are not the Dead or the Beatles, but as far creativity they are among the best. The humor of Bob Dylan with the musical liberty of the Grateful Dead in one album. The range of music from "Automatic Mojo" to "Bad Love" is hard to conceive on one album, but the Meat Puppets sew it togehter with insane brilliance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SCOTT BLACK on January 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I'd always heard the Meat Puppets were great, so I asked a friend who's a big fan for a recommended first purchase, and what a great recommendation! Huevos was my most listened-to CD for the first few months after I bought it, and it keeps getting better. It's particularly good driving music. "Sexy Music" is epic, and "Look at the Rain" and "Crazy" stick in your head for days! I love the Dead and punk rock, and no one has ever combined them like the Pups. Highly recommended!
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