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Best of Zz Top

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Editorial Reviews

Frank, Dusty and Billy at their early best! Includes Tush; La Grange; Heard It on the X; Just Got Paid; Blue Jean Blues; Backdoor Love Affair; Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers; Waitin' for the Bus; Jesus Just Left Chicago , and Francine .

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Tush
  2. Waitin' for the Bus
  3. Jesus Just Left Chicago
  4. Francine
  5. Just Got Paid
  6. La Grange
  7. Blue Jean Blues
  8. Backdoor Love Affair
  9. Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers
  10. Heard It on the X


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 8, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00069YEF2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,245 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is one of the best discs I own. This is solely due to the fact that this is pre-MTV ZZ Top WITHOUT the horrible synth drum overdubbing that has marred the reissues of every one of the albums represented on this compilation. One major flaw in this recording: its length (only a half-hour). You hardly mind that, though, when you've got "La Grange" or "Just Got Paid" roaring out of your speakers. A-haw-haw-haw-haw.
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What can you say about a band that hit the big time rhyming "much" with "tush"? This is ZZ Top before Billy Gibbons discovered synthesizers, before MTV was invented, before the long beards and fur-encrusted drum sets. This is Nudie-suit wearing, stages shaped like Texas accompanied by buffalo and vulture, era Top. The national hit "LaGrange," mumbled vocals about a house of ill-repute over that John Lee Hooker riff and scalding guitar, the regional hit "Francine," which caused the Stones to reconsider the advisability of booking Top as their opening act, and eight more cuts off their first four records. A lot more fun than a boxed set. Almost as fun on CD as eight-track. Give it to someone you love.
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For some reason, ZZ Top's first two albums ('ZZ Top's First Album,' from 1971, and one of my personal favorites, 'Rio Grande Mud,' from 1972) are always overlooked.

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.
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Though a 'best of' album, this is my favorite ZZ Top album, and the only one I still own on cd. I sold the two re-mixed albums I bought ("Tres Hombres" and "ZZ Top's First Album") without knowing they were the re-mixed versions of the original albums. This cd, however, conains the original classics taken from their first four albums ("ZZ Top's First Album", "Rio Grande Mud", "Tres Hombres", "Fandango") when the band was at it's best....

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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By A Customer on March 21, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is a good over view of the first half of their career. It covers most of the bases from the 70s. You have greats like "Tush", "Just Got Paid", "Heard It On The X", "Francine" and the great "La Grange." The sound quality is not as good as the second "Best Of" package ZZ Top's "Greatest Hits" put out in 1992. Problem is that you won't find all these early classics on that CD either!
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