I think I Need You Tonight has some Roy Buchanan influence in Billy's playing.
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I guess being a 40 year guitar noodler and being a fan of Billy Gibbons/ZZ Top since the early 70's, I don't hear anything "fancy and different."
Eliminator and later albums were part of the MTV period which I thought was the final nail in the coffin for R&R.
Billy has a Blues player's soul with R&R thrown in. I just hear plenty of delay and maybe some chorus effect with his guitar.
I lost interest in ZZ Top after Deguello. ZZ Top had to evolve with the times and introduced more electronics in their music.
Billy's sound is grittier, less processed in earlier albums. The first 5 albums are timeless. Fandango, Tres Hombres and Tejas are 3 that get pulled out of mothballs for a spin, now and then.
ZZ Top sounds best on period records.