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Original Album Series

ZZ TopAudio CD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 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 (September 11, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • ASIN: B007WOFXB8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,083 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Francine
2. Just Got Paid
3. Mushmouth Shoutin'
4. Ko Ko Blue
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Disc: 2
1. Waitin' For The Bus
2. Jesus Just Left Chicago
3. Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers
4. Master Of Sparks
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Disc: 3
1. Thunderbird
2. Jailhouse Rock
3. Backdoor Medley
4. Nasty Dogs And Funky Kings
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Disc: 4
1. I Thank You
2. She Loves My Automobile
3. I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide
4. A Fool For Your Stockings
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Disc: 5
1. Gimme All Your Lovin
2. Got Me Under Pressure
3. Sharp Dressed Man
4. I Need You Tonight
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Editorial Reviews

Rhino Records present the ORIGINAL ALBUM SERIES!

Its 5 classic artist albums in wallets housed in a new slipcase. Nice and simple, no frills just great music!

This series features:

Rio Grande Mud
Tres Hombres

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Heads Up! December 12, 2012
Format:Audio CD
The master tapes used for Rio Grande Mud, Tres Hombres, Fandango! and Deguello are from the "The ZZ Top Six Pack" 1987 remix/remaster/disaster. Eliminator hasn't been remastered.

I know a lot fans have issues with the Six Pack remix/remasters because of the 'drum in the garbage can sound'.

I would 100% recommend The Best Of ZZ Top none of the tracks have been remixed or remastered. ;)
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable! Blow your Top! December 23, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I can't believe I got sucked in again by Rhino Records, and I can't believe that Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard and Bill Ham don't care that there still aren't CDs available for ZZ Top's First Album, Rio Grande Mud, Tejas and El Loco which sound anywhere near as good as the original vinyl LPs. Anyone who listens to the original albums and compares them to the remastered, remixed, re-recorded discs on the ZZ Top six-pack, must realize that the best and purest-sounding ZZ Top music has been lost. That is why the problem has been corrected for the expanded Tres Hombres and Fandango CDs. I bought those two corrected discs, then shelled out again for this box set even though I already bought Tres Hombres and Fandango, thinking that Original Album Series meant that the Rio Grande Mud would be the original album mix. But, NO! There's nothing new here, just the same old tinny-sounding late-80's remixed debacles. Rhino even had the audacity to include the older versions of Tres Hombres and Fandango, instead of the already-released corrected versions. Rhino just re-packaged the same old garbage in fancier sleeves, without caring about the inferior quality of the music, because they just care about minimizing costs and maximizing profits. For those of us who were around in the early 1970's and loved ZZ Top even before La Grange, because they were a great blues band in their early days, it's totally unbelievable that the only way to enjoy that great music is to haul out the old albums and crank up the turntable. If you don't believe what I'm saying, take a look at how much you'd have to pay on Amazon for even a used copy of the Chrome Smoke & BBQ: The ZZ Top Box (which contained songs in the original mixes).
Bottom line, don't buy this Original Album Series boxset, unless you've never heard the original albums.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stop! March 17, 2013
By Ezzy
Format:Audio CD
If you are looking for remastered versions this is NOT what your looking for. The only great remasters are still Tres Hombres and Fandango reissues w bonus tracks. You can find original mix remasters in the Chrome,Smoke, and BBQ box set(must buy) but obviously it doesnt have it all.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Syd
Format:Audio CD
I did my homework and own the Tres and Fandango w/bonus. The rest of this is a real horror. Even if you don't much care for ZZ Top, you have to read what is going on with their material to believe this could possibly be true. What is on this band's mind?
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better separate! January 13, 2013
Format:Audio CD
Yeah, I'm a sucker for 2-in-ones and more. And some of these "original album series" boxes are cool. But this one is not worth buying if you are looking to save space and replace the 5 individual cds you probably already have in your collection. To start off, it features 3 albums that are the remastered versions, but don't have the bonus tracks you get when you buy them separately. That leaves Deguello, which is the same as the stand alone cd, and then Rio Grande Mud, with the infamous 80's electro-drums. The idea is nice, especially if you remember the original album packaging (hence the name of the series, I guess), but unnecessary and inadequate in this case.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Late arriving fan March 4, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have always known about and enjoyed some of ZZ Tops music but I must admit I am a late arriving fan. This set really gives me a great sense of how good these guys really are.
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21 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A new low for Rhino Records September 15, 2012
By smith
Format:Audio CD
This is a stupid selection of albums consisting mostly of titles already available in remastered form. The ones most needing remastering -Tejas and El Loco- which were badly butchered by the original cd mixes are left out? Why? It's nice to see Rio Grande Mud here but Rhino promised a decade ago to remaster all the early albums and then quit after Tres Hombres and Fandango! A quick cash grab for the two most popular and then nothing. Until this. Now in order to get Rio Grande Mud fans have to re-purchase Tres Hombres and Fandango! This is a new low Rhino records.
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