Best of Zz Top
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ZZ Top were put permanently on the map with 'Tres Hombres,' meaning "Three men" in English, and also with 'Fandango!,' which is a traditional Spanish dance. Those were released from the 1973-1975 period.
Following 1975, ZZ Top left London Records, which produced their first four albums, to go join the Warner Bros. lineup. Manager/producer Bill Ham faught to have ZZ's catalog reissued on the Warner Bros. label, and it eventually happened.
1977's 'The Best of ZZ Top' offers a look at the London Records years from 1971-1975. An interesting little album, but for years now, I've been eagerly awaiting for Warner Bros. (which nows owns full rights to the London Records catalog) to reissue this 10 song collection and make it more comprehensive.
But what's here is great. 'Heard It On The X,' 'La Grange,' 'Blue Jean Blues,' and 'Waitin' For The Bus/Jesus Just Left Chicago' all appear on this set.
Also, in 2004, as a part of Warner Bros. 'Greatest Hits' packaging, they remastered this album. It sounds great!
But, why stop with 10 songs? 'Brown Sugar,' 'Just Got Back From Baby's,' 'Hot Blue and Righteous' and 'Jailhouse Rock' all would fit really nicely here. And, what's more irritating is they would all fit here!
Overall, buy 'The Best of ZZ Top' if you can't stand ZZ Top's 1980s MTV heyday. I bought this years ago, and recently, bought the remastered edition offered here. But wait patiently and maybe the record company will reissue this! (Knock on wood!)
Another collection I strongly recommend if you enjoyed this album is 'One Foot In The Blues.Read more ›
1.) Tush from the album "Fandango" (1975) 2:14
2.) Waitin' For The Bus from the album "Tres Hombres" (1973) 2:59
3.) Jesus Just Left Chicago from the album "Tres Hombres" (1973) 3:29
4.) Francine from the album "Rio Grande Mud" (1972) 3:33
5.) Just Got Paid from the album "Rio Grande Mud" (1972) 4:27
6.) La Grange from the album "Tres Hombres" (1973) 3:51
7.) Blue Jean Blues from the album "Fandango" (1975) 4:42
8.) Backdoor Love Affair from the album "ZZ Top's First Album" (1970) 3:20
9.) Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers from the album "Tres Hombres" (1973) 3:23
10.) Heard It On The X from the album "Fandango" (1975) 2:23
My favorite track is #2 "Waitin' For The Bus" - Have mercy!
If you want later ZZ Top ("Gimme All Your Lovin'", "Sharp Dressed Man", "Legs", "Pearl Necklace", "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide", "Doubleback", "Viva Las Vegas") then I recommend going for "Rancho Texicano: The Very Best Of ZZ Top" - a two-disc / 37 track collection, which does contain the original album versions of the early hits plus tracks from the albums following the first four represented here ("Tejas", "Deguello", "El Loco", "Eliminator", "Afterburner", "Recycler"). However, I do not recommend "ZZ Top's Greatest Hits" unless you prefer the re-mixed versions. But if you want a very compact, low-priced collection of early ZZ Top's best tracks, this is definitely the one to get!
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I'm biased, but I've always preferred ZZ Top before they grew their beards long and started making more commercial, polished music. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Adipocere
I received this package today" I'm playing to whole album on cd player best of zz top sound like the original from cassette tape it sound real good. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Lost my original disc so finding a replacement makes me very happy. Thanks!Published 11 months ago by James Mascola