SUNUP ON GULF OF MEXICO

SUNUP ON GULF OF MEXICO

Photo shot by Linden Hudson (amateur photographer).

Who is Linden Hudson?

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 ZZ Top ELIMINATOR album.” (end quote)

(ZZ Top never opted to give Linden credit, which would have been THE decent thing to do. It would have helped Linden’s career as well. The band and management worked ruthlessly to take FULL credit for the hugely successful album which Linden had spent a good deal of time working on. Linden works daily to tell this story. Also, the band did not opt to pay Linden, they worked to keep all the money and they treated Linden like dirt. It was abuse. Linden launched a limited lawsuit, brought about using his limited resources which brought limited results and took years. No one should treat the co-writer of their most successful album like this. It’s just deeply fucked up.)
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Hear the original ZZ Top ELIMINATOR writing/rehearsal tapes made by Linden Hudson and Billy Gibbons at: www.flickr.com/photos/152350852@N02/35711891332/in/photol...
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Read Linden’s story of the making of the super-famous ZZ Top ELIMINATOR album at: www.flickr.com/people/152350852@N02/
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LICKLIBRARY DOT COM (2013 Billy Gibbons interview) ZZ TOP’S BILLY GIBBONS FINALLY ADMITTED: “the Eliminator sessions in 1983 were guided largely by another one of our associates, Linden Hudson, a gifted engineer, during the development of those compositions.” (end quote) (Gibbons admits this after 30 years, but offers Linden no apology or reparations for lack of credit/royalties)
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MUSICRADAR DOT COM (2013 interview with ZZ Top’s guitarist Billy Gibbons broke 30 years of silence about Linden Hudson introducing synthesizers into ZZ Top’s sound.) Gibbons said: “This was a really interesting turning point. 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.” (once again, there was no apology from ZZ Top or Billy Gibbons after this revelation).
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TEXAS MONTHLY MAGAZINE (Dec 1996, By Joe Nick Patoski): "Linden 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."
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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 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."
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CNET DOT COM: (question posed to ZZ Top): Sound engineer Linden Hudson was described as a high-tech music teacher on your highly successful "Eliminator" album. How much did the band experiment with electronic instruments prior to that album?
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THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE, MARCH 2018: "Eliminator" had a tremendous impact on us and the people who listen to us," says ZZ Top’s bass player. Common band lore points to production engineer Linden Hudson suggesting that 120 beats per minute was the perfect rock tempo, or "the people’s tempo" as it came to be known.
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FROM THE BOOK: SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP by David Blayney: (page 227): "…the song LEGS Linden Hudson introduced the pumping synthesizer effect."
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(Search Linden Hudson in the various ZZ Top Wikipedia pages which are related to the ELIMINATOR album and you will find bits about Linden. Also the main ZZ Top Wikipedia page mentions Linden. He’s mentioned in at least 7 ZZ Top related Wikipedia pages.)
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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."
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FROM THE BOOK: BEER DRINKERS & HELL RAISERS: A ZZ TOP GUIDE (By Neil Daniels, released 2014): "Hudson reportedly had a significant role to play during the planning stages of the release (ELIMINATOR)."
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FROM THE BOOK: ZZ TOP – BAD AND WORLDWIDE (ROLLING STONE PRESS, WRITTEN BY DEBORAH FROST): "Linden was always doing computer studies. It was something that fascinated him, like studio technology. He thought he might understand the components of popular songs better if he fed certain data into his computer. It might help him understand what hits (song releases) of any given period share. He first found out about speed; all the songs he studied deviated no more than one beat from 120 beats per minute. Billy immediately started to write some songs with 120 beats per minute. Linden helped out with a couple, like UNDER PRESSURE and SHARP DRESSED MAN. Someone had to help Billy out. Dusty and Frank didn’t even like to rehearse much. Their studio absence wasn’t really a problem though. The bass and drum parts were easily played with a synthesizer or Linn drum machine." (end quote)
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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." (end quote)
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FROM THE BOOK: "ZZ TOP – BAD AND WORLDWIDE" (ROLLING STONE PRESS, BY DEBORAH FROST): "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."
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FROM THE BOOK: ​SHARP DRESSED MEN – ZZ TOP (By DAVID BLAYNEY) : "The integral position Linden occupied in the process of building El​iminator was demonstrated eloquently in the case of 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."
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FROM THE BOOK: "TRES HOMBRES – THE STORY OF ZZ TOP" BY DAVID SINCLAIR (Writer for the Times Of London): "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.
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FROM THE BOOK: "SHARP DRESS MEN – ZZ TOP" BY DAVID BLAYNEY: "ELIMINATOR went on to become a multi-platinum album, just as Linden had predicted when he and Billy were setting up the 124-beat tempos and arranging all the material. Rolling Stone eventually picked the album as number 39 out of the top 100 of the 80’s. Linden Hudson in a fair world shoud have had his name all over ELIMINATOR and gotten the just compensation he deserved. Instead he got ostracized."
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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." (side note: this was ZZ Top’s very first show).
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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 undoubtably 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."
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FROM THE BOOK "ZZ TOP – BAD AND WORLDWIDE" (ROLLING STONE PRESS, BY DEBORAH FROST, WRITER FOR ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE): "… 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 cared less about the boogie band of RIO GRANDE MUD."
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THE GREATEST ROCK REBRAND OF ALL TIME (by Jason Miller): "Sound engineer Linden Hudson researched the tempos at which the most popular rock tracks in the charts had been recorded. His data showed that there was something very special about 120 beats to a minute. Gibbons decided to record pretty much the whole of ZZ Top’s new album at that tempo. The result? 1983’s Eliminator. It was named after Gibbons’ Ford Coupé; it had been created through a unique combination of creative collaboration and data mining. And it was about to take the world by storm."
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ULTIMATECLASSICROCK DOT COM: "This new melding of styles was encouraged by Hudson, who served as a kind of pre-producer for ​EL LOCO … … Hudson helped construct ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard’s home studio, and had lived with him for a time. That led to these initial sessions, and then a closer collaboration on 1983’s ​ELIMINATOR.
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FIREDOGLAKE DOT COM: "I like Billy Gibbons’ guitar tone quite a lot, but I lost all respect for them after reading how badly they fucked over Linden Hudson (the guy who was the brains behind their move to include synthesizers and co-wrote most of their career-defining Eliminator record)."
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EMAIL FROM A ZZ TOP FAN TO LINDEN (One Of Many): "I write you today about broken hearts, one is mine and one is for you. I have been a ZZ Top fan since I was 6 years old. I purchased ELIMINATOR vinyl from Caldors in Connecticut with the $20 my grandma gave me for my birthday. I will spare the #1 fan epic saga of tee shirts, harassing Noreen at the fan club via phone weekly for years, over 40 shows attended. Posters, non stop conversation about the time I have spent idolizing this band, but more Billy G, as he has seemed to break free of the Lone Wolf shackles and it became more clear this was his baby. In baseball I was Don Mattingly’s #1 fan, Hershel Walker in football, Billy Gibbons in music. What do these individuals have in common? They were role models. Not a DUI, not a spousal abuse, not a drug overdose, not a cheater. Until I read your web page. I read Blayney’s book around 1992 or so, I was in middle school and I was familiar with your name for a long time. I didn’t realize you suffered so greatly or that your involvement was so significant. It pains me to learn my idol not only cheated but did something so wrong to another being. I now know this is where tall tales and fun loving bullshit and poor morals and ethics are distinguished and where I would no longer consider myself to look up to Billy. I love to joke and I love credit but I have always prided myself on ethics and principles… I hold them dear. I wanted to say, the snippet of UNDER PRESSURE you played sounded very new wave and I may like it more than the finished product. Well that’s all. You have reached ZZ Top’s biggest fan and I can let others know. Bummer. Cheers and good luck. James."​
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VINYLSTYLUS DOT COM: Much of Eliminator was recorded at 124bpm, the tempo that considered perfect for dance music by the band’s associate Linden Hudson. An aspiring songwriter, former DJ and – at the time – drummer Frank Beard’s house-sitter, Hudson’s involvement in the recording of the album would come back to haunt them. Despite assisting Gibbons with the pre-production and developing of the material that would end up on both El Loco and Eliminator, his contribution wasn’t credited when either record was released.
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INFOMORY DOT 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.

Posted by lindenhud1 on 2017-10-13 19:47:24

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Malibu Pier, Ca – Perseids and the dance of the mossy rock fish.

Malibu Pier, Ca - Perseids and the dance of the mossy rock fish.

I’m feeling inspired this morning. A night filled with shooting stars will do that to me ya know.
I suddenly awoke at 2:30 in the morning…. i think the ghost in my apartment turned off my computers…. maybe it was trying to wake me up….. i spent the entire night doing post video stuff and photo this or that…. my computers run all night like tiny digital transmitters of me…. processing data and computing colors and compositions like circuit board puppets…. artistic nanobots hell bent on crunching numbers for lord button pusher… yummy… some nights i feel like Neo in the matrix with all the mumbo jumbo I got rockin in my apartment…. i can’t seem to find more than 3 hours of sleep each night…. this to shall pass…. anyway…. I crept up to my rooftop in the middle of the night with that someone special to watch the Perseids Meteor Shower…. under our north star…. with my Ugg boots and a fresh pot of Manhattan mud from The Urth Cafe…. overlooking the Valley of the dolls….. rooftops among rooftops… while tiny scrapes dash across the sky hovering over Los Angeles…. like monsters with huge sharp nails tearing rips in our plastic sky…. revealing the light behind our perception of space…. for moments I glimpsed at the fiery light from that hidden dimension…. for brief seconds only… until the blanket of blackness rushed in again to keep things in order….. or…. you can call it dust from flying asteroids burning up in our atmosphere…. whatever…. i consider it a tear in the very veil that protects us from the truth…. and the truth iz… there is no space…. no stars…. no asteroids or dust :)…. What a life. What a view.
Thanks hun.

When i arrived downstairs… i decided to dig thru some older images I took from last year…. here’s one that I could have never planned… OH sure, I scouted the area and I planned the tide, the foreground rocks and time of day with the sunset…. but the starfish, seagull and waves have a mind of their own, not to mention the frantic dance of the green mossy rock fish… so inquisitive…. so enticing and random are his steps… to time a shot with his cooperation is simply ludicrous. I take only partial credit for capturing this moment. I have quite a few shots of this seagull all around my pics this day… looking this way and looking that way…. it’s actually really hard to pick one… they all tell a slightly different story…….. for example, in this image he’s (or she’s) staring out of my image…. out to sea…. watching something more interesting than me for sure…I liked that about him (or her)…. with everything that’s happening at this precise moment… HE DOESN’T CARE! Well FINE! And those sneaky starfish, always up to no good, do you think they consulted with me before i left my house to say "Hey Mizz… we’re gonna hang out on the favorable side of these rocks.. away from crashing waves and perfectly in a position for a Malibu Pier Sunset Photo… just lettin ya know!!" … I didn’t think so… hey… i love the luck of the draw. So… You feeling lucky PUNK.. well… are ya!

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Posted by ™ Pacheco on 2010-08-13 13:35:17

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Holey Glow, Batman – Hole in the Wall Beach, Santa Cruz (Explored #3 – Thanks!)

Holey Glow, Batman - Hole in the Wall Beach, Santa Cruz (Explored #3 - Thanks!)

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"I’ll just fix it in post." Soapbox time! (but I promise I’ll keep it short :). It seems to me that many photographers today are using post-processing to create their shots, rather than just fine-tune them. Add in some color here, clone out an annoying rock there, cut-n-paste in a sky from another day, and voila, a beautiful photo! I don’t condemn these actions, but I do feel that relying on post to make your shot is a bad idea, because it turns off your brain in the field.

When you know that you can change anything you need to on the computer, you no longer put the effort into finding just the perfect comp, waiting for the perfect light, understanding how to properly expose a scene, and doing a million other things that are so crucial to photography. Post is great, but it’s not a substitute for making the best image you can in the field. When you are able to slow down and work (yes, WORK) to make a killer image in camera, then post-processing serves as the polish which makes the image shine. And this is the real role of post-processing, not the invention of something new.

I bring this up because last night I was guilty of a lazy-photographer mentality myself. I hadn’t found the perfect comp by the time the peak light hit, so I started rushing. Rushing around trying to find something, anything to shoot before the sky blew its proverbial load. Luckily I came across this comp as the light was waning but I was still rushing: I didn’t take the time to take a test shot to make sure my filters were in place, I had my finger in the frame in the lower right, and my filters were spotted with spray. As such, my final shot had water drops everywhere, a blown out sky, and a bit of red haze down in the lower right from my finger. "I’ll just fix it in post" I said to myself, and so I made a real frankenstein of an image here: the foreground and water motion from one shot, the rocky shelves from another, and the sky from yet another. Way too much work to create this image in post when a few extra seconds in the field could have got me the same result.

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Tech Notes on this Photo
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Nikon D300s
Tokina 12-24 mm
ISO200 – It was getting pretty dark but I wanted a fast-ish shutter speed to catch the streaky wave action so I bumped the ISO to 200
f/8 – sharpest spot on my lens but still provides sufficient DOF at 12mm; helps defocus scratches, drops, and dust on my filters/lens
3 sec – 3 seconds is a pretty long time if you want to catch streaky wave action (0.5 sec – 2 sec is better), so for this shot I had to open the shutter just as the wave reached is peak surge up the beach. That way I caught the full motion as it flowed back out to the sea.
12 mm on a crop sensor
Lee 3-stop and 2-stop soft GND Filters, handheld

Post-Processing
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3 separate shots with the above settings, hand blended to produce the final image
In Raw Converter (Nikon Capture NX2)
– Global contrast for added pop
– Slightly darkened and added contrast to the sky to add oomph
– Brightened foreground rocks and added contrast to enhance shine

In Photoshop:
– Noise reduction via Neat Image
– Selective sharpening of sand and rocks
– Curves layer to slightly darken and enrich the sky
– Curves layer to brighten and add contrast to foreground rocks
– Curves layer to darken and add contrast to sand and water streaks in mid-ground

Thanks for looking!

~Josh

Posted by Joshua Cripps on 2010-12-28 18:12:23

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