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El Loco

ZZ TopAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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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 ... Read more in Amazon's ZZ Top Store

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B000002KMP
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,563 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tube Snake Boogie
2. I Wanna Drive You Home
3. Ten Foot Pole
4. Leila
5. Don't Tease Me
6. It's So Hard
7. Pearl Necklace
8. Groovy Little Hippie Dad
9. Heaven, Hell Or Houston
10. Party On The Patio

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Media Type: CD
Artist: ZZ TOP
Title: EL LOCO
Street Release Date: 11/04/1987

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST ZZ TOP YET October 20, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is ZZ TOP at it's best the whole range of ZZ TOP'S music is here in this one album.Starting with the anthem 'TUBE SNAKE BOOGIE' to the rockin 'I WANT TO DRIVE YOU HOME',In which Billy Gibbons guitar licks are just awesome.If you like a good hard rockin album with the best guitar riffs and great lyrics this album from 'THAT LITTLE OL BAND FROM TEXAS'is a must.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Whoever said ZZ Top doesn't like to experiment needs to check out this album. First off, there's very little of the distortion and bite of earlier releases. New Wave was prominent at this point, and ZZ Top fully embraced the genre on 1981's El Loco. The Gibson dirt of earlier releases are replaced with a Fender sheen (This also was the first album where they were playing separated from each other in different booths, where as earlier releases had them all in the same room). The band was also experimenting with more robotic drum beats and chorus effects on guitar/vocals. Just listen to something like Tube Snake Boogie or Pearl Necklace and you'll hear the change from the past release.

Other than that, it's the same old ingredients. Texas-fried boogie done in a way that the Top could only cook it. This album contains some of their best work: The slow-burning It's So Hard and I Wanna Drive You Home, the party fun of Groovy Little Hippie Pad & Party On The Patio, and the nastiness of Tube Snake Boogie, Pearl Necklace, and one of my favorites, Ten Foot Pole.

However, not every experiment works. Leila has to be one of the worst songs the band have ever penned, a boring adult contemporary song that sounds like it could've fit on Days Of Our Lives. And that pedal steel is just awful. Also, what the hell were they thinking with Heaven, Hell Or Houston? Disco-sci fi? I dunno about that one. Too many drugs.

This marks the end of total consistency for ZZ Top. It had to happen, 6 great albums in a row isn't too bad though. After this marks the beginning of the "commercial" ZZ Top, which, isn't that bad, but it was never the same.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars El Fantastico! May 8, 2004
Format:Audio CD
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
*Don't Be Cruel
*It's So Hard
*Heaven, Hell or Houston
Whoops, that's 6 stars. It's just a sweet thing!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The 80s sound begins with a stumble July 9, 2013
Format:Audio CD
El Loco is where the synthesizers and electronic drums begins. The band moves about as far from their blues rock roots as they ever get, and end up with a pretty weak album overall. There are some classic tracks. Tube Snake Boogie, Pearl Necklace, and Party On The Patio have become Classic Rock FM staples. A few come close. Let Me Drive You Home continues the sexual double entendre of Tube Snake Boogie. Groovy Little Hippie Pad is a fun little song. It comes across as a fun little experiment, but little did we know at the time that it was the blueprint for the future. The problem is that the songwriting just doesn't measure up to the (then) odd idea of crossing blues rock with 80s production. Of course, we all know that ZZ Top didn't give up on the idea, but instead refined it and hit one right out of the park on the follow-up Eliminator. And as we all know, they hung on to this sound way too long, even remixing earlier albums to match the same sound, confounding fans for years. Despite some of the one and two star reviews here, El Loco DID NOT get the remix treatment - it was the first ZZ Top album to intentionally have that type of production from inception. It just doesn't have the strong songs like Eliminator does, or Deguello before it. You can find this one cheap in the discount bins, but if all you want are two or three songs, might be better off downloading them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Whew! July 8, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This really is a great album if you're into ZZTop. The old blues influence is still there but there's hints of their later mainstream stuff. I could do without a couple songs, like "Its So Hard" and "Don't Tease Me". But "Ten Foot Pole", "Tube Snake Boogie", "Groovy Little Hippie Pad" and "Heaven, Hell, or Houston" are enough of a reason to have this CD in your collection.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS RECORD!! May 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Never being a "serious fan" of ZZ TOP, other than seeing their now familiar series of videos on MTV in the mid- Eighties, I never took the plunge and purchased a full length album from these legendary Texas rockers until a few years ago. A friend of mine turned me on to this cassette about ten years ago and I copied it, loving all the songs. Seriously fun, boogie-woogie blues, rockers, a few ballads, even a dance song ( the middle part of "Heaven Hell or Houston" has a great dance beat as well as some incrdeible guitar playing. ) ZZ TOP purists would probably hate me for saying this, but I think it's their best overall album ( I have since purchased quite a few of their discs. ) Oddly enough, my favourite track on this album is the most unconventional, most "this doesn't sound like ZZ TOP" song "Groovie Little Hippie Pad" starts with a few synth squiggles, then blasts off with a herky jerky rhythm and drum machine patterns that quite frankly wouldn't have sounded out of place on the first B-52's album ( and to me, that's not a bad thing.) Finally, a hard rocking album you can dance to. Great at parties, there's something here for literally everyone.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good listen
Published 10 days ago by royce g mcguire jr
4.0 out of 5 stars 80's Texas Guitar Blue
Listened to these guys in high school. This album is just before they blew up on MTV. Less keyboards more blue guitar, than Eliminator
Published 1 month ago by Stephen Solosy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this album!the last of the classics
when i first heard this album i didnt like it much.but after multiple listens it really grew on fav songs
Tube snake boogie
wanna drive you home
Ten foot... Read more
Published 15 months ago by scottsrush
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST THREE PIECE BAND.
Published 15 months ago by VK.
3.0 out of 5 stars THAT'S JUST CRAZY
ZZ TOP-EL LOCO: "That little ol' band from Texas"' sixth long-player EL LOCO continued the tradition of "south of the border" album titles, but little else familiar remained from... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jukebox Dave
3.0 out of 5 stars you can see Eliminator on the horizon
I know its the kick off of their modern sound found on Eliminator, but not a allot meorable songs here. it is a fun cd to listen to though. Read more
Published 16 months ago by zpbass
5.0 out of 5 stars Duh!
It's ZZ Top! Of course it's good! No, it's great! I'll never get enough of Texican Rock & Roll. Looking forward to more!
Published 19 months ago by Midwayer606
5.0 out of 5 stars a superb album
I'll keep this short and sweet. An amazing album and I feel one of their best overall.

I love all the songs, but especially Don't Tease Me and Leila. Read more
Published on April 16, 2012 by Charles T. Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars ZZ Topp
What can you really say about ZZ Topp, We just seen them again in person at a concert, They are still just as good as the first time we saw them. Glad you still had their CD's. Read more
Published on March 15, 2012 by Alex Maslowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet!
Um, I don't know why this album has caught so many bad reviews. This just may be my favorite ZZ Top album and I own quite a few. Read more
Published on March 19, 2008 by Nick
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