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Hot Stuff: The Greatest Hits

Fabulous ThunderbirdsAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 25, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: August 25, 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epic Associated
  • ASIN: B0000028T5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,023 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where It All Began May 9, 2001
Format:Audio CD
In the late `70s and early `80s the next generation of blues greats were starting to bloom in Austin, Texas. One of the first bands to explode onto the scene was The Fabulous Thunderbirds. An all-star band comprised of guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, singer and harp player Kim Wilson, bassist Preston Hubbard, and drummer Fran Christina they would begin paving the way for more Texas blues bands to follow. This album covers five years of music, covering four studio releases.
This is just an all around good album. The songs all have a good rhythm to them with catchy lyrics. "Tuff Enough" and "Powerful Stuff" are the overly popular selections on the album. "Rock this Place" and "Wrap It Up" are two of the best cuts off the album. The only track that I didn't care for was "Why Get Up". In 1990, Jimmie left the band after the untimely death of his brother. "Twist of the Knife" is the only Jimmie-less cut that appears on this album, and his replacement does a very good job of impersonating him.
Jimmie doesn't get the credit for being the great guitarist that he so well deserves. Playing in the shadow of his brother (although Stevie felt that it was the other way around), he has been thought of as simplistic and dull. Carefully listen to the ten tracks that he does on this album. His less-is-more approach to playing fits the music, and doesn't distract from the song. He can be fast and flashy when he wants to, but has found a voice of his own. Listen to his "Powerful Stuff" solo and tell me that he's simple and boring. A solid guitarist indeed.
This eleven-track greatest hits album provides a healthy sampling of the three real Fabulous Thunderbirds albums (the ones with Jimmie). Definitely worth listening to if you're a fan of the Texas sound.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw Thunderbird September 9, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
This is a superb selection of early to more recent T-bird music. "Hot Stuff" represents the raw soulful music of the thunderbirds and reinforces the song writing talents of Kim Wilson.And of course if you don't already know, his stature as one of the best if not the best harp player alive is most apparent.Don't miss out on those raw guitar licks on "Tiger Man" with vocals to knock your socks off!This is a must for T-bird fans or any blues fan for that matter.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars. Decent latter-day compilation January 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This collection brings together eleven songs from the Fabulous Thunderbirds' Epic-years, which were slicker and more commercial than their earlier albums for Takoma and Chrysalis (now Benchmark).
I prefer the Thunderbirds' bluesier and less mainstream late-70s/early 80s-recordings, but this is a good overview of their late-80s/early 90s Epic releases, including the hard-rocking of "Tuff Enough", the fine, swinging "Why Get Up", and the anthemic, three-chord thumper "Let's Rock This Place".
The Fabulous Thunderbirds' version of Slim Harpo's "Got Love If You Want It" is only available on this compilation, and it's the bluesiest tune here, the excact opposite of the awful, synth-laden 80s pop-rock of "Wrap It Up" (Kim Wilson even sounds like Tom Jones!).

The Fabulous Thunderbirds' four albums for Epic were rather uneven, and unless you're a very devoted fan, this is pretty much all you'll ever need from that period. Just remember that this is NOT where you go for their earliest (and best) material...that is available on ASIN B000007WPI, "The Fabulous Thunderbirds Collection". Or rather it would be if it was in stock. Hrmph!
3 1/2 stars.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Is Some Powerful Stuff!!! October 22, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Fabulous Thunderbirds - Hot Stuff: The Greatest Hits is correctly named in that these are indeed the biggest hits in the T-Birds long and storied career. This single CD package certainly could not be called "Best Of..." or it would have to encompass at least 6 CD's of music and a 40 page career retrospection booklet! So, instead we get the most popular and best known tracks for the budget-minded consumer. "Tuff Enuff" is basically the better-known rewrite of that all-time classic from their club days, "She's Tuff," but it's such a great number that it's good the second time around as well. "Wrap it Up" features a wonderful keyboard hook and would do Sam and Dave proud, while "Why Get Up" (featuring snoring sound effects) is absolutely hilarious; one of the TBirds best comic numbers. "Powerful Stuff" features bass player Preston Hubbard's powerful hook, while the entire band (Jimmie Vaughn, guitar, Kim Wilson, vocals and harp, and Fran Cristina, drums) really rocks out on "Rock This Place"; Jimmie's mega-riff guitar work is especially good here. Of course, with a band as good as the TBirds, several tracks are conspicuously absent, most notably "She's Tuff" "Jumpin Bad" "You Ain't Nothin' But Fine" "Scratch My Back" "Tear It Up" and "Gotta Have Some/Just Got Some". (Some of these gems are available on Tacos Deluxe, the new compilation of early Birds classics.) Even so, this is still a good place to start your TBirds collection; there may be only eleven tracks of the two dozen or more than could be called the best of The Fabulous Thunderbirds, but rest assured, this is some powerful stuff!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Best of an acceptable band....
Published 1 month ago by Ian P. Bresser
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It rocks!
Published 3 months ago by J. Edsall
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Bluesy Sound
I bought this album based on just one song that I had ever heard. It was not a letdown as all the selections are very good.
Published 3 months ago by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy, Happy, Happy!
I got what I paid for
Published 4 months ago by Jeremy Sibley
4.0 out of 5 stars BIRDS THE WORD
THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS-HOT STUFF/THE GREATEST HITS: Even though they'd been an important cog on the Texas blooze circuit since the early seventies, Austin's FABULOUS... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jukebox Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I was looking for
If you like the Fabulous Thunderbirds you need this CD. It has all of their best stuff.............whats not to like!
Published 18 months ago by LJR
5.0 out of 5 stars new cd
shipping and product are very satisfactory. It's a gift so I haven't opened it but it appears to be a new product as advertised.
Published 19 months ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars are not enough
I was very happy to even find this CD. It is everything I wanted and then some. It is real music with words you can understand. I loved it when I was young and still do. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Marilyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Rock and Blues music cd
Great Rock and Blues music by the Fab-Tbirds, I highly recommend this music cd to anyone who likes this kind of music.
Published 23 months ago by Ernesto G Cisneros
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong with the T-birds
Love these guys, especially the musical interaction between Kim and Jimmie. As a gal from Texas, this is my kind of rock and roll!
Published 23 months ago by Anita Thompson
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