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Live From Texas Live, Extra tracks

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16 tracks of Live from Texas with ZZ Top, an American rock band formed in late 1969 in Houston, Texas. The group members are Billy Gibbons (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica), Dusty Hill (vocals, bass guitar, keyboards), and Frank Beard (drums, percussion). The band holds the distinction of being among the few rock bands still composed of its original recording members for nearly 40 years and until September 2006, the same manager/producer/image maker, Bill Ham.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Got Me Under Pressure
  2. Waitin' For The Bus
  3. Jesus Just Left Chicago
  4. I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide
  5. Cheap Sunglasses
  6. Pearl Necklace
  7. Just Got Paid
  8. Rough Boy
  9. Blue Jean Blues
  10. Gimme All Your Lovin'
  11. Sharp Dressed Man
  12. Legs
  13. Tube Snake Boogie
  14. La Grange
  15. Tush


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 4, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live, Extra tracks
  • Label: Eagle Records
  • ASIN: B001G7EGNI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,541 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I have to be honest here--I'm one of the biggest fanzz of ZZ Top in the world. I've seen the band at least a dozen times in various venues and locales. I am a bit biased; however, I can be honest when the boyzz put out a product that doesn't stand the test of time (Afterburner, anyone?).
Fortunately, the release of "Live From Texas" is not one of those lowlights.
Amazingly, this concert CD is the first complete live set ever released by the band (the only previous live releases have been side 1 of the 1975 album "Fandango!" and the second half of the 1999 CD "XXX", as well as various CD single or CD reissue bonus tracks). Their original manager/producer/empresario Bill Ham felt that releasing live material would discourage people from going to see the band live.
I was at the taping of this live CD (the DVD/BluRay version was released earlier in 2008, with extras making it worth the purchase) at the Nokia Theater in Grand Prairie, Texas in November of 2007, and as usual, the Boyzz didn't disappoint. They played well, with the rhythm section of Dusty Hill and Frank Beard displaying their usual "1+1=4" perfection and the fine fretwork of the Reverend Willy G (Billy Gibbons) in full effect.
The CD (and DVD) play to the strengths and personalities of the band very well--you'll recognize almost every song within a few seconds, even if you're only a casual fan.
The only criticism is this--the band didn't pull out more "deep tracks" or "lost gems" to document this historical occasion (The DVD does have the excellent bonus track of Hendrix's "Foxy Lady"); it also would have been nice to hear some (or even ONE) track from their RCA releases (some of which were played at the show), but for the obsessive fan/collector (such as myself) or the casual fan of the band, this is a must-buy disc.

Good Vibes To Y'all...
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Look, ZZ Top in 2008 is no ZZ Top in 1973, or 1983, for that matter. They've aged a ton (everybody in the band as of 2008 is 59 years of age!), and they are no longer MTV hitmakers. But these Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are back and at it with a live album recorded in their home state of Texas.

'Live from Texas' captures the essence of ZZ Top in concert. Performing their '70s, '80s and early '90s classics, and still donning those classic beards, if you can't score tickets to a show, this is the next best thing.

However, the reviewer who stated the sound quality isn't perfect is correct. It's not muddy, and it's nowhere near as bad as he made it sound, but it's still not excellent. This was released on Eagle Records, and not Warner Bros. or RCA, their two record companies.

It's a good show. 'La Grange,' 'Got Me Under Pressure' and 'Sharp Dressed Man' are all incredible live. Of course I've seen them performed live on TV over the years, but it's so cool to have it on CD!!! Billy's voice is great for a man at the age of 59, and this proves the band is still superb.

One complaint: I wish they would have played 'She Loves My Automobile' at this show. At the Willie Nelson birthday concert several years back, ZZ just played a superb version of the song (with Willie, of course!), but the song is so great played live, and it would fit in perfectly on this live album.

But the complaint is more a personal thing than anything. Other than that, it's great! If you, like me, have been waiting for Billy, Dusty and Frank to release a live album ('Fandango!' doesn't count), than you will probably be satisfied. If you can past the fact that they aren't 24 and 34 (their ages in 1973 and 1983) anymore, you should be fine.
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The thing is no matter what you think of this recording there is a GREAT and I mean really GREAT cd waiting out there. It is the 1980 Rockpalast show. My goodness just watch it on youtube. Billy is at his best . Dusty at his smoothest. Frank at his Frankest. COME ON ZZ gives us what we want. We love yall and love that you still jam, but we real true fans love tho old old stuff ( anything before MTV.)PLEASE give it to us man.
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ZZ Top still packs quite a punch with its performance Live From Texas. Since I grew up in the 80's the triple play of Gimme All Your Lovin', Sharp Dressed Man and Legs was the high point for me as well as the intro Got Me Under Pressure. Nice to hear Rough Boy but I would have liked at least one more song from Afterburner like Stages, Sleeping Bag, Velcro Fly or Woke Up With Wood. Their 70's staples I'm Bad I'm Nationwide, Cheap Sunglasses, Pearl Necklace, Tube Snake Boogie, La Grange and Tush sounded great as well although my favorite 70's song I Thank You wasn't there. Overall, nice performance from a true butt kicking band!!
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The power trio, ZZ Top, gives a great representation of their prowess when playing live on this album. While some may say that they were better live 20 or so years ago, in my opinion, this album does justice to their cannon of rock classics that, again any ZZ Top fan, should enjoy. The performance sets the mood very well in opening with You Got Me Under Pressure. Its a cool album.
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I've downloaded many ZZ top shows recently, MANY. This recording is average at best. It doesn't quite sound like a soundboard recording, nor does it sound like an audience recording. The recording is just average. I doubt the recording was remastered or tweaked much if any. The real treat here must be the boys playing "Blue Jean Blues". The band doesn't really play this song anymore, unfortunately this is probably why it was lacking. It was a poor live version of the song. Billy, Dusty and Frank seemed to be a bit rusty o this song. Anyway, I supported the band by buying this live recording and also the dvd. I also purchased the 1980 Essen, Germany dvd and the live cd of the same show. Plus I bought "Rio Grande Mud" and "Afterburner". Oh, also I bought the recent remasters of the ORIGINAL MIXES of Tres Hombres and Fandango. I enjoyed downloading all of those live recordings so I felt it was only RIGHT to throw some money at the band by buying their products. ZZ Top out to get in on the "Instant Live" market a little. Give fans a chance to buy some professionally recorded live concerts. Don't record ALL of the concerts, give us music fans a chance to still record your shows, but tape and SELL some of your live shows Billy, Dusty and Frank. You guys are still rocking like crazy. : )
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