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Eliminator

ZZ TopAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 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)
  • Original Release Date: 1983
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B000002KYR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,324 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Gimme All Your Lovin
2. Got Me Under Pressure
3. Sharp Dressed Man
4. I Need You Tonight
5. I Got The Six
6. Legs
7. Thug
8. TV Dinners
9. Dirty Dog
10. If I Could Only Flag Her Down
11. Bad Girl

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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

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ELIMINATOR, with its churning guitars and synthesizer hooks, was on the album charts for over a year. The album and its accompanying videos were ubiquitous in 1983, on television ZZ Top was seen on MTV, St. Elsewhere, even on the Tonight Show. Certified at 10 million units by the RIAA. (2/01)

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
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Released on LP and Cassette in March 1983 on Warner Brothers, the blues boogie of "Eliminator" was an absolute phenomenon for the Texas trio ZZ Top.

They'd been bubbling under for years - "La Grange" in 1973, "Tush" in 1975 - and a minor hit with "I Thank You" in 1980. But none of it even remotely indicated what would happen in 1983 and 1984. "Eliminator" - one of the best boogie albums ever made - changed everything for them and us - it was little short of absolute global domination.

It was a combination of things - the umpteen tracks that were all single/radio friendly hits, the emergence of rotation MTV, the videos with leggy sexy babes - the fabulous 1933 coupe car - the ZZ TOP keyring flying through the air to the hapless buck trying to be a 'sharp dressed man' - the image of dusty dudes with beards - all of it combined in one heady mix to produce domestic sales in the USA topping 10 million with the same number estimated for the rest of the world. And if you take into account second-hand sales since that heady time 25 years ago and an early issue on CD, you're looking at a "Rumours", a "Purple Rain" and a "Thriller". This September 2008 (delayed release) has it good points and bad though...
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Combination of 80s Technology and Gritty R&B November 26, 2003
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"Eliminator" introduced the world to one of rock's most unique sounds from one of rock's most unique bands, ZZ Top. Past albums like "Tres Hombres" or "Deguello" had firmly established the band as a major draw, but it was with this 1983 album that the band first used an appealing blend of technology that was perfectly topped onto their trademark R&B/Delta blues roots.
The vocals and bass of Dusty Hill are as rough as the Texas sand, matched only by that of Billy Gibbons (who was a favorite guitarist of Jimi Hendrix), backboned by Frank Beard's disciplined drumming. All of this makes for a tightly wound musicianship that never suffers from "Eliminator"'s synthesized element. The album spawned several hits, notably 'Legs,' 'Sharp Dressed Man,' and 'Gimme All Your Lovin'. 'Got Me Under Pressure' is just as legendary, being an enduring ZZ Top favorite. The one-of-a-kind 'Thug' meanwhile is a darker tale, and features an incredinbly funky bass texture, while the likes of 'TV Dinners' and the incredibly eye-roll inducing 'I Got the Six' are somewhat less serious, but just as memorable. 'I Need You Tonight' however is surprisingly sympathetic and features some of Gibbons' best guitar work.
Although "Eliminator" became one the 80s most recognizable efforts, it finally gave ZZ Top the worldwide success they'd deserved since the early 70s. It is very much a male-ego album, containing the brilliant arrogance and flashiness that made ZZ Top so great in the first place.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ZZ Top's Last Great Album August 7, 2005
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Eliminator(1983). ZZ Top's Ninth Album.

In 1983, ZZ Top was beginning to slide back into mainstream popularity, as their previous albums, 'Deguello' and 'Tejas', had both gone platinum. When 'Eliminator' arrived, the album instantly rocketed to the top of the charts, thanks to the massively popular music videos "Legs" and "Sharp Dressed Man". Thanks to MTV, 'Eliminator' became ZZ Top's best-selling album, and it remains a rock classic to this day. To this day, "Gimme All Your Lovin", "Got Me Under Pressure", "Sharp Dressed Man", "I Need You Tonight", and "Legs" are all rotated constantly on the radio. So, do I think this album lives up to the hype? Read on to find out!

After 'Eliminator', ZZ Top became less and less of a rock band and more of a pop band, but here they managed to create the perfect balance. ZZ Top made an album that still retained the bluesy, gritty rock sound that they're known for, but managed to appeal to almost everybody. ZZ Top is a very percussive band, and Frank Beard's drumming is truly amazing here. On almost every song, I found myself tapping my feet to the beat... truly, he did an amazing job here. Billy Gibbons guitar work here is spectacular! He can make catchy power chords one second, and rip out a bluesy solo the next. He truly is a great rock n' roll guitarist.

From the dirty, boozy rock of "Gimme All Your Lovin" and "Legs" to the blues of "I Got The Six" and "TV Dinners", ZZ Top kept me interested. While all the hits are instant classics, "Sharp Dressed Man" is the absolute best ZZ Top song, basically defining and rewriting the definition of "cool". "I Need You Tonight" is ZZ Top's strongest ballad, a percussive, guitar-laden classic that never gets boring, unlike some of their later material.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love the sound, it's a great CD it motivate's you to move around, and it's easy listening.
Published 1 month ago by Lorraine Di Marco
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It is zz top no more needs to be said
Published 2 months ago by James R Wingard
1.0 out of 5 stars Dumb.
Yep - they made a boatload of money, but at the sake of denying their roots in the blues for the prostituted hip hop symphonic 2-bit monkey tunes from this stupid LP that the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome oldie
Actually bought it cuz my kid loves sharp dressed man from duck dynasty...zz top is one of my favorite old time groups.
Published 5 months ago by RJT69
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST ZZ TOP ALBUMS.
THIS ALBUM HAS A LOT OF GREAT SINGLES, AND SOUNDS GREAT ON VINYL. IT SOUNDS GREAT ON PRETTY MUCH ANY MEDIUM, BUT I'M AN ANALOG BUFF, WHO DEMANDS VINYL. Read more
Published 6 months ago by James
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Order
Wrong Order. I want a Cd version of this album and instead a got a long LP version I did not want. I sent it back to re-order and instead i got the same thing, so i cancelled the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Phillip Volpe
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent classic
I can 't get tired of it.
Got it on MP3, tape, CD, vinyl...
CD sound is clean, although not as musical and exciting as vinyl.
Published 7 months ago by Pascal Bruyere
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds great on Vinyl
The product is new, the sound is very good.
A great classic.
You spend $1k on a record player, and you have more music than on a $1k CD player. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Pascal Bruyere
2.0 out of 5 stars Too poppy
I didn't like it as much as their earlier albums. Up until recently, I thought this cd had all the ZZ top songs I liked the most. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mark Twain
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is a most have for it brought out the band as a main stream group, collect them all. ZZ Top, is one of the best groups to come out.
Published 8 months ago by Dale E. Bush
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Of course I can't wait for this one. It's about time this was remastered, and by Rhino, no less!
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This collection is available used right here on amazon.com for under ten bucks plus 2.98 shipping...still less than yourmusic.com, even with their free shipping.
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