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ZZ Top
Artist: ZZ Top
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
Genre: Hard Rock
Release: Oct 1990   My Rating: 0
Duration: 37:31
Summary: This album is definately better than "Deguello" and "Tres Hombres." I have those two albums and this is definately better than them. But I noticed how in almost every song on the album, the bass sounds exactly the same. It's almost as if ZZ Top recorded Dusty's bass playing for one song, then Frank and Billy

made the rest of the album on their own.



SLEEPING BAG--This was the fifth ZZ Top song I heard from beginning to end. The others were Mexican Blackbird, She's Just Killing Me, Breakaway, and Pincushion. And it's pretty good. The music video is pretty interesting as well. This is the one song were the bass doesn't sound the same. Featuring vocals by Billy Gibbons.



STAGES--This song didn't interest me much at first. I knew the chorus too well compared to how well I knew the rest of the song. But I've listened to it a couple more times and it's actually not bad. Featuring vocals by Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill.



WOKE UP WITH WOOD--The second-to-best song on the album. Has some awesome guitar and a great tune as well. I don't know what else to say. Featuring vocals by Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill.



ROUGH BOY--This song has a 1:30 minute difference than the music video of it, and I can't figure out why. It's the only ballad on the album, and it's surprisingly good. Billy Gibbons does a good job incorporating an awesome guitar solo into a slow rock song. Featuring vocals by Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill.



CAN'T STOP ROCKIN'--The third-to-best song on the album. The earliest song that I know of where Dusty Hill really displays his real singing voice after light singing and Little Richard imitations in the 1970s. Featuring vocals by Dusty Hill and Billy Gibbons.



PLANET OF WOMEN--The fourth-to-best song on the album. I enjoy the chorus of this song particularly. I noticed that whoever created the ZZ Top ringtones accidentally mislabeled this song's ringtone as 1994's Pincushion, which it sounds nothing like. Featuring vocals by Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill.



I GOT THE MESSAGE--I'm not too fond of this song. I tried listening to it one day in the morning, and for the rest of the day the intro guitar sound was stuck in my head. I try to avoid it now. Featuring vocals by Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill.



VELCRO FLY--This song features Dusty Hill playing the keyboards, just like 1983's TV Dinners. It's interesting to see that for a change in the music video, and to hear it in the song. That makes the sound of the song rather unique. Featuring vocals by Billy Gibbons.



DIPPING LOW IN THE LAP OF LUXURY--This is the other song on the album that I try to avoid. It doesn't have an annoying into guitar sound like I GOT THE MESSAGE, but I'm not fond of it nevertheless. Featuring vocals by Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill.



DELIRIOUS--Without a doubt the best song on the album. I'm pretty sure that this song features keyboards too. I admit that the lyrics repeat themselves continueously throughout the song, but I love it despite that. Dusty Hill has the best choice of what songs to sing. Featuring vocals by Dusty Hill.



Artist: ZZ Top
Label: RCA
Genre: Hard Rock
Release: Jan 1994   My Rating: 0
Duration: 54:44
Summary: Antenna has to be one of ZZ Tops, top five albums of all time and its one of my personal favorites. Billy Gibbons guitar is so amazing here, its better then usual. The songs are great in the ZZ Top fashion, and its not all 80's tchno and MTV friendly crap either, its just good old American rock and roll.
Antenna has some powerful songs to work with. 'Antenna Head' being the best song on the album, its got a killer solo great feel and an all around great sound everything just fits together really well. It has to be one of the bands all time best songs, or at least in my openion anyways. 'Cherry Red' is annother great song, its one of the better tracks. Its has a really cool groove to it. Really nice. 'Pincushion' is a great song as well, and one of the best opening tracks I have ever heard. 'FuzzBox Voodoo' is a cool song and as you might have guessed Billy Gibbons uses a lot of FuzzBox in his guitar playing. The album ends with 'Deal Goin Down' and all I have to say is that is the perfect song to end the album.
All the other songs on the album are great, well they are better then great but those are the songs you will be listening to over and over and ovevr again. Pick up this awsome album!



Artist: ZZ Top
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
Genre: Hard Rock
Release: Oct 1990   My Rating: 0
Duration: 34:09
Summary: First released in 1979, "Deguello" was three years in the making. Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard had disappeared into the sagebrush to recharge their batteries following their grueling World Texas Tour. They returned with a new antic sense of themselves that first appeared in songs like "Cheap Sunglasses," "She Loves My Automobile," and "Esther Be the One" and came to fruition almost four years later with "Eliminator". "Deguello" forges the last link to the band's early blues-rock years, before they became the sleeker, less threatening entity that graced MTV during the '80s. Tunes like their rendering of David Porter and Isaac Hayes's steamy "I Thank You," the salacious "Hi Fi Mama," and the boastful "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide" careen on the edges of good taste, but these guys didn't give a damn who they offended as long as they entertained. And, of course, they did entertain legions of fans with their ribald lyrics, off-kilter timing, and Gibbons's daredevil guitar wizardry. But ZZ Top isn't all hard edges and pinup fantasies; the heartbreakingly beautiful intro to their eccentric love song, "Fool for Her Stockings" rivals the lyricism of Jimi Hendrix's "The Wind Cries Mary." "--Jaan Uhelszki"


Artist: ZZ Top
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
Genre: Hard Rock
Release: Oct 1990   My Rating: 0
Duration: 36:57
Summary: Wondering what they're doing in those greasy overalls shown on the cover? They were working very hard on another sweet album!
ZZ sounds more contemporary on this album than they ever had before, while at the same time throwing down some funky blues (Tube Snake Boogie, Don't Be Cruel), sweet 70's country-flavored ballads (Leila, It's So Hard), and a couple truly bizarre, genius tracks (10 Foot Pole, Heaven Hell or Houston).
As with Tejas, Billy's tones are more frequently in the Strat realm than the fat Les Paul territory he is widely known for. He doesn't hold back on this one, slingling his gun with great zeal. Tube Snake, Don't Be Cruel, and Heaven, Hell or Houston all feature some of his sweetest solo work, in my opinion.
Out of my five star rating I give one star to each of these tracks:
*Tube Snake
*10 Foot Pole
*Leila
*Don't Be Cruel
*It's So Hard
*Heaven, Hell or Houston
Whoops, that's 6 stars. It's just a sweet thing!



Artist: ZZ Top
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
Genre: Hard Rock
Release: Oct 1990   My Rating: 0
Duration: 45:13
Summary: ZZ Top's ninth studio album truly captured the mood of the times. Released as MTV was learning to crawl, the videos of the Lone Star trio's droll, masculine anthems were staples on the nascent music channel, making the world think that all the women in Texas looked like Jerry Hall--which wasn't far from the truth in 1983. And even if it wasn't completely accurate, listeners could at least visit a world where both cars and woman were fast and available. Billy Gibbons's roaring guitar licks streaked across songs with the speed of a young Hendrix. Even though the lyrics are often ham-fisted, all is forgiven for the pleasure of just letting the ZZ Top locomotive mow you down. While "Gimme All Your Loving," "Legs," and the satirically dynamic "Sharp Dressed Man" ruled the airwaves, the real gems here are the thundering "I've Got the Six" and the equally bombastic "Bad Girl," which showcase's Dusty Hill's heart-stopping drumming and Frank Beard's sturdy bass. "Eliminator" also marks the first time that the rough-and-tumble outfit turned to studio wizardry to goose up their meat-and-potatoes boogie. And while some early fans may have been dismayed, truth be told, their new studio sophistication added finesse and depth to ZZ Top. "--Jaan Uhelszki"


Artist: ZZ Top
Label: Rhino / Wea
Genre: Hard Rock
Release: Feb 2006   My Rating: 0
Duration: 33:53
Summary: One of the world's greatest rock 'n' roll bands ever to strut the 50 States, these sharp-dressed Texas titans-Billy F. Gibbons, Frank Beard, and Dusty Hill-are a righteously hell rain' power trio boasting a 30-plus year hit-making legacy, both in the studio and at concert arenas. With their revved up blues 'n' boogie, they always make the most of their Texas birthright with with a distinctive sound that shakes up rock, blues, soul, garage-funk, Americana, and more. Nowhere is their force of nature musicianship better displayed than on these two album classics, revved up wtih red-hot bonus rarities. "You know what I'm talkin' about...an how how how how."


Artist: ZZ Top
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
Genre: Hard Rock
Release: Feb 1994   My Rating: 0
Duration: 39:49
Summary: I give "Recycler" 4 stars, only because no band can put out absolutely great albums time after time. This album was an attempt to break away from the synthesized pop sound they had picked up in the 80's and get back to a little more of the straight-ahead, blues rock roots they are so famous for. I think they did exactly what they set out to accomplish, and the album is definitely a must for any ZZ fan. The first 4 cuts, and the slow blues number "2000 Blues" are the best cuts...the rest are okay, but more of an attempt at pop songs or songs intended for radio play. What ZZ fans will remember most about this album was that it produced the cut "Doubleback" which was on the "Back to the Future Part III" sound track...ZZ even managed a small cameo in the film. For the true ZZ fan, every album is different, and this one has its place in ZZ history just like the rest. But most importantly, ZZ releases are never a disappointment.


Artist: ZZ Top
Label: RCA
Genre: Hard Rock
Release: Sep 1996   My Rating: 0
Duration: 54:04
Summary: "Rhythmeen"

According to Gibbons, this stands for "mean rhythm" and indicates the album's general mood! Great CD!! A must have!

Got the mojo workin' overtime!!!!!!!!!!! Bigtime........



Artist: ZZ Top
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
Genre: Hard Rock
Release: Oct 1990   My Rating: 0
Duration: 36:30
Summary: My advice to any of you who get nauseous (such as myself) from attempting to listen to the screwed-up sound quality of the CD of this awesome recording is, try to get your hands on the original LONDON vinyl (or all of their first 5 albums for that matter) at all cost, record it through a sound card, or similar professional digital recording equipment, burn it onto a CD-R and stick it in the jewel case of the original store-bought CD. You'll be glad you did. My burning question is why the hell alienate your long-time hard-core fans in favor of a bunch of 80's MTV teenyboppers (i.e. Eliminator, Afterburner albums etc.) who have no idea about the true value of great classic blues-based Rock'n'Roll. Those who grew up on this band, and know the original sound are the only ones who will appreciate what ZZ Top were all about in the 70's. Great Rock'n'Roll in any case! 5 stars for the music alone!


Artist: ZZ Top
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
Genre: Hard Rock
Release: Oct 1990   My Rating: 0
Duration: 34:43
Summary: This is not going to be a regular review for me. I finally picked up a bunch of old ZZ Top on CD, and I wanted to join the chorus of moaners about the remixes.



Unlike some, I never hated ZZ Top's style and sound that began with 1981's El Loco. It was an interesting change for the band that helped them sell records and keep their career going in a very different climate for pop music. They still had plenty of good songs in that era.



However, I always much preferred their style and sound from ZZ Top's First Album through Deguello. And Tejas is probably my favorite of the bunch.



I'm a musician, and one of the instruments I play is drums. One thing that I did dislike about the band beginning with El Loco is that in conformity with pop of the time, drummer Frank Beard started simplifying his grooves so that after awhile, it seemed like all he could play any longer was a very basic "four on the floor beat".



One of the reasons I always loved Tejas was for its inspired drumming. Beard, incredible on all of the 70s albums, played some amazing, very subtle, unique, and relatively complex stuff on Tejas, all with a very soulful, kinda-funky-in-a-white-Texan-blues-rock-sort-a-way groove.



Well, the remix basically destroys all of Beard's beautiful work on this album. I know that people have said it was only a matter of effects being added, but I'd swear that some parts have been re-recorded, or at least parts of the drum track were used to trigger modern sounding samples to emphasize a "four on the floor" feel. This was one of my favorite drum records of all time. When I put the disc in the player and heard the opening of "It's Only Love", I quickly stopped it, took the disc out to check it, and figured that the record company must have made a mistake and put the wrong music on the disc. I only realized what happened after I gave it another listen and heard the rest of the band start.



And it's not just the drums. Guitar parts have been changed in various places, too. The original parts and sound of the album are fairly well burned into my brain--in the 1970s, this was one of the records I most frequently practiced drums with.



And it's not just this album. All of the 70s albums have been tampered with in this way.



ZZ Top, please restore this album, and your other 1970s albums, to their original recordings and mixes. Thousands of fans who have stuck with you for over 35 years now are eagerly waiting to buy the music they love and remember.



Artist: ZZ Top
Label: Rhino / Wea
Genre: Hard Rock
Release: Feb 2006   My Rating: 0
Duration: 33:37
Summary: One of the world's greatest rock 'n' roll bands ever to strut the 50 States, these sharp-dressed Texas titans-Billy F. Gibbons, Frank Beard, and Dusty Hill-are a righteously hell rain' power trio boasting a 30-plus year hit-making legacy, both in the studio and at concert arenas. With their revved up blues 'n' boogie, they always make the most of their Texas birthright with with a distinctive sound that shakes up rock, blues, soul, garage-funk, Americana, and more. Nowhere is their force of nature musicianship better displayed than on these two album classics, revved up wtih red-hot bonus rarities. "You know what I'm talkin' about...an how how how how."


Artist: ZZ Top
Label: RCA
Genre: Hard Rock
Release: Sep 1999   My Rating: 0
Duration: 49:19
Summary: The title suggests good beer and unwholesome entertainment, copious amounts of which have accompanied ZZ Top's music for the past 30 years. A decade--or two--removed from their arena-rock prime and cartoonish MTV reincarnation, ZZ Top's music has mellowed like a case of three-dollar rotgut, which is how the blues "should" age. Pared down, raw, and rough-edged, the Gibbons, Beard, and Hill of "XXX"'s eight studio cuts sound increasingly like their grizzled Texas, Delta, and Southside blues heroes. The beats are tricked-up funky, Gibbons's growl and guitar are lugubrious, and the trio overall is lusty and unafraid to slow the tempo to a dirty dirge. Coupled with the band's loopy sense of subject matter and style--which ranges here from automotive theology ("Crucifixx-A-Flatt") to more prosaic concerns of boogie and t&a--are four live cuts that are often just as quirky, from Dusty Hill's slick lampoon croon of Elvis's "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" to a rave-up version of "Hey Mr. Millionaire" that features another inspired bit of ZZ goofiness--having guitar-god Jeff Beck guest . . . on vocals! "--Jerry McCulley"


Artist: ZZ Top
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
Genre: Hard Rock
Release: Oct 1990   My Rating: 0
Duration: 34:05
Summary: This is in regard to the 1980's recomposed/remastered version of ZZ Top's First Album. Ditto all of the comments about the awfulness of the reverb and fake drums. What's really sad is what was printed on the back of the vinyl LP jacket in 1970:



"In this day of homogenized rock, synthesized music, retakes, overdubbing, multi, multi-tracking, an honest recording by accomplished musicians is a rewarding pleasure. Z Z TOP'S FIRST ALBUM is just such a recording. This is the way blues-rock is meant to be played: openly, honestly, and spontaneously. It takes an experienced sensitive group such as Z Z TOP to capture the abstract blues from within and combine it with the ability to feel and play good hard rock without losing their communication."



17 years later, they trashed their own philosophy. Tres Hombres, and Fandango by Rhino, are the first honest digital transfers of the original first 5 ZZ Top albums.