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Rancho Texicano: The Very Best of ZZ Top

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This Texas trio boogied onto the charts in the '70s, '80s and '90s, never once abandoning the soulful sound that made 'em great in the first place. This 2-CD set is the first to cover all those years: their hits La Grange; Tush; It's Only Love; I Thank You; Cheap Sunglasses; Gimme All Your Lovin'; Sharp Dressed Man; Legs; Sleeping Bag; Stages; Rough Boy; Velcro Fly (12" remix); Doubleback , and 25 other 'Top tracks!

Disc: 1
1. Brown Sugar
2. Goin' Down To Mexico
3. Just Got Back From Baby's
4. Francene
5. Just Got Paid
6. Bar-B-Q
7. La Grange
8. Waitin' For The Bus
9. Jesus Just Left For Chicago
10. Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Tube Snake Boogie
2. Pearl Necklace
3. Gimme All Your Lovin'
4. Sharp Dressed Man
5. Legs
6. Got Me Under Pressure
7. Sleeping Bag
8. Stages
9. Rough Boy
10. Velcro Fly
See all 17 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 15, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B0001ZXM54
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,858 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful By R. Gorham on May 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
THE BAND: Billy Gibbons (guitars, vocals, hermonica, fiddle, baritone sax, keyboards), Dusty Hill (bass, vocals, tenor sax, keyboards), Frank Beard (drums, percussion, vocals, alto sax). Bill Ham (manager, producer, inspiration).

THE DISCS: (2004) 38 tracks on two discs clocking in at approximately 154 minutes (78+ on Disc-1, 75+ on Disc-2). Included with the discs is an 18-page booklet containing a 12 pages of history and retrospective on the band, song titles/credits and chart success, assorted pictures, what songs came from which albums; 14 album covers pictured on 1 page, and thank you's. Digitally remastered sound. Label - Warner Bros.

ALBUM REPRESENTATION: ZZ Top's First Album (3), Rio Grande Mud (3), Tres Hombres (4), Fandango! (5), Tejas (2), Deguello (4), El Loco (2), Eliminator (4), Afterburner (5), Recycler (2), Greatest Hits (1), Promo Singles (3).

COMMENTS: 30+ years and still chugging along. ZZ Top has proven it's ability to rock & roll over the years. Complete with their trademark Texas-blues fused rock, overly long beards, (probably not cheap) sunglasses, love of fast hot rods, and seemingly countless videos on MTV. The liner notes are extensive in regards to the birth of the band - touching on family, teenage garage bands (The Moving Sidewalks & The Warlocks), running into producer Bill Ham (backstage at a Doors concert), first gig (1970), opening shows for Jimi Hendrix, etc. Outside of the 4-disc box set that's overly priced - as of 2004 this is now the best ZZ Top compilation available. The two other most notable 'best of' pacakges are now expendable. 9 of 10 songs are here on "Rancho Texicano" from ZZ Top's first 'Best Of' compilation (1977)... only song missing is "No Back Door Love Affair".
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66 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Siegler TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Been a ZZ Top fan for a long time, and I'm one of the people who likes both their early stuff, and the stuff in the Eliminator / Afterburner period (it seems most ZZ Top fans don't like both, just one era or the other). Anyway, if you don't own ZZ Top at all, this is the one to get, as you get all the big hits, and a few others you might not know of.
As usual with a Greatest Hits package, there's always stuff that's missing, and this is no exception. Despite being put out in 2004, it has nothing from the albums Antenna, Mescalero, XXX, & Rhythmeen. Rhythmeen is one of my favs by ZZ Top, so I was kind of disappointed that nothing was there from that. I understand that with Greatest Hits albums, that will always happen - someone's personal preference left off. I could accept that. But this colletion has THREE songs on there TWICE EACH! Cheap Sunglasses, Legs, & Velcro Fly are on here in live or alternate mixes. BORING! That's three spaces that could have been better allotted to songs from the albums not covered. That's the reason I gave this four stars - it would have been 5, and I would have given it 4.5 stars if I could.
But that I admit is my own personal gripe. What is here is most excellent, and as I said, if you don't have any ZZ Top at all, this is the one to get. This essentially replaces the most excellent 1992 "Greatest Hits" albums, with only two tracks that were on that one not here, but neither of them are a big loss at all.
Check it out!
Edit a week later: I found out why the four most recent albums aren't represented here. They're on a different label, that's why they're not here. Still would have been nice to have seen the entire career represented. After having listened to it for a couple of weeks now, it's a fabulous collection, and is a great pickup if you don't own all their albums already.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Grunt Hog on November 6, 2007
Format: Audio CD
It would be easy to roll your eyes at this CD and say, "God, not another ZZ Top Best-Of collection. Why bother?" That was pretty much what I thought, until I heard this album.

Hearing Disc 1 is like hearing ZZ Top anew. This was the first time I had ever heard the ORIGINAL mixes of their pre-Eliminator material, and what a difference it makes. The soulless 80's drum machines and re-recorded guitar and vocal parts that they released in the 80's are gone, leaving the original gritty blues-rock sensibilities that are at the core of this band's best music. These songs leave you feeling dirty and smelling of motor oil, cattle and cigarette smoke. (Conversely, the Six-Pack remixes felt more like someone's slick penthouse cocaine party.) It's the way the songs were meant to sound, and it's a pleasure to rediscover classic tracks that I had only previously heard in their inferior 6-Pack remixed form.

I have less to say about Disc 2. It covers their career from Eliminator onwards, and the post-Eliminator material (about half the disc) doesn't stand up too well to what came before it. The real reason to pick up this album is for the original mixes on Disc 1, and those are well worth the purchase price.
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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful By "The Woj" on October 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I own both this 2 cd collection and the "Chrome, Smoke & BBQ" 4 cd box. If you are a casual ZZ Top fan or want to add a ZZ Top album to your collection, this 2 cd set is the way to go. The sound is suberb and track selection excellent. "Rancho Texicano" flat out smokes any previous ZZ Top "greatest/best of" package of 2 cds or less. Plus, I praise the "Gods" of boogie for not including ZZ Top's worst song ever, "Heaven, Hell Or Houston", here. If you are more than a casual ZZ Top fan, bordering on or crossing into die-hard territory (like me) skip this set and drop the extra cash on the box set. The Moving Sidewalks tracks are a must. And, even though disc four of the box is a little weaker than the previous three, it is still essential ZZ Top. Finally, if you have the extra cash around, buy both!

"Rancho Texicano" is much more user friendly for the car.
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