TAS Rated 4/5 Music, 4/5 Sonics in the February 2008 Issue of The Absolute Sound!
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 raisin' 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 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 this classic album.
"A widened soundstage and enhanced depth boost the record's crunchy midrange and sturdy bass lines. Drums now have authoritative presence and image-specific detail, while the gatefold artwork blows up the trio's humor to life-size proportions." - Bob Gentron, TAS February 2008
"A decade before the Texas blues trio became MTV stars, ZZ Top got their first taste of national fame with this disc, which features one of their biggest hits, the John Lee Hooker-style boogie "La Grange," as well as the boozy rocker "Jesus Just Left Chicago" and the concert anthem "Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers." - www.rollingstone.com
Cut by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman at AcousTech Mastering!
From the Original Analog Master Tapes!
Pressed on Virgin 180-Gram Vinyl at Record Technology, Inc.
1. Waitin' For The Bus
2. Jesus Just Left Chicago
3. Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers
4. Master Of Sparks
5. Hot, Blue And Righteous
6. Move Me On Down The Line
7. Precious And Grace
8. La Grange
10. Have You Heard?
"Nothing new here, this is the same great music we heard when it was originally released back in the 70's. But you have never heard it like this. This classic ZZ Top album has been remastered and pressed on dead silent 180 gram vinyl. This is the cats sh*t I am here to tell you. If you don't have a turntable, this is reason to buy one. Outstanding! I have had a myriad of versions of this recording over the years, none can touch this. Once that needle drops it will be every bit of 30 seconds before you are on your knees praising your vinyl rig...it is that good. The drums on LaGrange, which were always good, have now been taken to that proverbial next level." - Mike Knapp, www.hometheatertalk.com