- Audio CD (September 28, 1999)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: RCA
- ASIN: B00001W0C6
- Average Customer Review: 57 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,675 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Zz Top ~ Xxx
The title suggests good beer and unwholesome entertainment, copious amounts of which have accompanied ZZ Top's music for the past 30 years. A decade--or two--removed from their arena-rock prime and cartoonish MTV reincarnation, ZZ Top's music has mellowed like a case of three-dollar rotgut, which is how the blues should age. Pared down, raw, and rough-edged, the Gibbons, Beard, and Hill of XXX's eight studio cuts sound increasingly like their grizzled Texas, Delta, and Southside blues heroes. The beats are tricked-up funky, Gibbons's growl and guitar are lugubrious, and the trio overall is lusty and unafraid to slow the tempo to a dirty dirge. Coupled with the band's loopy sense of subject matter and style--which ranges here from automotive theology ("Crucifixx-A-Flatt") to more prosaic concerns of boogie and t&a--are four live cuts that are often just as quirky, from Dusty Hill's slick lampoon croon of Elvis's "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" to a rave-up version of "Hey Mr. Millionaire" that features another inspired bit of ZZ goofiness--having guitar-god Jeff Beck guest . . . on vocals! --Jerry McCulley
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The song set consists of the following:
(All songs are ZZ Top originals, even the "Elvis Classic" - "Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear" is performed/recorded ZZ Top sytle.)
1. Pork Chop Sandwich
2. Crucifixx-A-Flatt (I read from a magazine article about ZZ Top, that this song is about "What God gives you when life gives you a flat tire.)
5.Made into a Movie
7.Live introduction by Ross Mitchell
8.Sinpusher "Live" (sounds kinda like "Pin Cushion")
9.(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear "Live" (sung by Frank Beard)
10.Hey Mr.Millionaire "Live" (includes guest singing from Jeff Beck)
11.Belt Buckle "Live"
Overall, this is a great "classic" ZZ Top Album CD, and I highly recommend it. Thanks!!!
The drum machines, the bass, the overcompressed guitars, the songwriting, the production... everything is done wrong. It feels like ZZ Top has turned into three Frankenstein's monsters, or that they're made out of rock. Not rock 'n' roll, but stone.
"Poke Chop Sandwich" would be good if the stiff production hadn't been there, and if the band could muster up some energy. Instead, the whole song is ruined and the band sounds and feels much older than they actually are.
Also, these "live takes" at the end... are they really live performances? They sound very similar to the other songs, features the same overprocessed guitars, the same stiff production... is it even ZZ Top performing?
Some say "Eliminator" is stiff because of its drum machines. This is way, way, WAY worse. If you want a good ZZ Top album from the 90's, don't buy this. Get "Antenna" or "Rhythmeen" instead.