Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Albums of the Eighties - Rated 39/100!
180 Gram Vinyl! Texas Blues Guitar + Rollicking Boogie! Featuring "Legs", "Sharp Dressed Man", "Gimme All Your Lovin'" & More!
Celebrating Its 30th Anniversary & Still Leading The Way in Synth-Rock, Multi-Million Selling Eliminator!
This sturdy American blues-rock trio from Texas consists of Billy Gibbons (guitar), Dusty Hill (bass), and Frank Beard (drums). They were formed in 1970 in and around Houston from rival bands the Moving Sidewalks (Gibbons) and American Blues (Hill and Beard). Their first two albums reflected the strong blues roots and Texas humor of the band. Their third album (Tres Hombres) gained them national attention with the hit "La Grange," a signature riff tune to this day, based on John Lee Hooker's "Boogie Chillen." Their success continued unabated throughout the '70s, culminating with the year-and-a-half-long Worldwide Texas Tour.
Exhausted from the overwhelming workload, they took a three-year break, then switched labels and returned to form with Deguello and El Loco, both harbingers of what was to come. By their next album, Eliminator, and its worldwide smash follow-up, Afterburner, they had successfully harnessed the potential of synthesizers to their patented grungy blues groove, giving their material a more contemporary edge while retaining their patented Texas style. Now sporting long beards, golf hats, and boiler suits, they met the emerging video age head-on, reducing their "message" to simple iconography. Becoming even more popular in the long run, they moved with the times while simultaneously bucking every trend that crossed their path. As genuine roots musicians, they have few peers; Gibbons is one of America's finest blues guitarists working in the arena rock idiom -- both influenced by the originators of the form and British blues-rock guitarists like Peter Green -- while Hill and Beard provide the ultimate rhythm section support.
"Pure Americana: This song cycle about burning rubber, high heels and adrenaline took fuzzed-out Texas blues guitar and lashed it around rollicking boogie. ZZ Top's megaplatinum album also had a high-gloss Eighties sheen and singles like 'Sharp Dressed Man' that would help it sell some 10 million copies." - Rolling Stone
"ZZ Top had reached the top of the charts before, but that didn't make their sudden popularity in 1983 any more predictable. It wasn't that they were just popular -- they were hip, for God's sake, since they were one of the only AOR favorites to figure out to harness the stylish, synthesized grooves of new wave, and then figure out how to sell it on MTV. Of course, it helped that they had songs that deserved to be hits... [A]n excellent ZZ Top album, one of their best..." - Stephen Thomas Erlewine, allmusic.com
180 Gram Vinyl
Made in England
Engineered by Terry Manning & Bob Ludwig
Billy Gibbons, guitar, vocals
Dusty Hill, bass, keyboards, vocals
Frank Beard, drums, percussion
1. Gimme All Your Lovin'
2. Got Me Under Pressure
3. Sharp Dressed Man
4. I Need You Tonight
5. I Got The Six
3. TV Dinners
4. Dirty Dog
5. If I Could Only Flag Her Down
6. Bad Girl