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ZZ Top - The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1990
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ZZ Top - The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1990

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Kaj Roth Format: Album
Release date: 2014-04-27 Year: 2013
Genre: Southern Rock,  Blues
Producer: Bill Ham
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Now this was cheap, I found this new box set of the 10 first studio albums with ZZ Top here in Sweden for only £29.Well, there are no bonus tracks, just the original albums. But I really thought this band should belong in my record collection. And for the first time, the original audio versions of the early albums are available on cd in a mini replica card sleeve.
They have influenced some of the biggest bands in the genre such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Foghat, Blackfoot and Molly Hatchet. But have only released 15 studio albums in 4 decades so you can´t accuse them for hitting the studio too often. ZZ Top´s most successful albums Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Afterburner and Recycler, are all included here which is way cool. Deguello is my no.1 album with ZZ Top and the one I like the least is El Loco. I prefer their southern rock style rather than their bluesy moments.
They made a smart move in the 80´s with a more synthesizer oriented sound but in the 90´s, ZZ Top returned to their blues roots. Not only have their line up been intact ever since the formation in 1970, they have also worked with the same producer on all albums except XXX from 1999 which they produced themselves. This powertrio stand behind classic songs like Tush, La Grange and the Elvis cover Viva Las Vegas. And who doesn´t remember their awesome performance at Rockpalast, 1980. That was when I became a fan, anyway I will return to this collection many times.
  Playlist: Somebody else been shaking your tree, Backdoor love affair (ZZ Top´s first album) Just got paid, Chevrolet (Rio grande mud) Waitin for the bus, Jesus just left Chicago (Tres hombres) Nasty dogs and funky kings, I heard it on the x (Fandango) Arrested for driving while blind, El diablo (Tejas)
  Manic mechanic, I thank you (Deguello) Heaven hell or Houston, Pearl necklace (El loco) Gimme all your lovin, Sharp dressed man (Eliminator) Rough boy, Stages (Afterburner) 2000 Blues, Tell it (Recycler)



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The name "Minus the Bear" comes from an in-joke among the band members, referring to the 70´s television program, B. J. and the Bear. "A friend of the band had gone on a date,” explains singer-guitarist Jake Snider, "and one of us asked him afterwards how the date went. Our friend said, ´You know that TV show from the ´70s B.J. and The Bear? It was like that... minus The Bear.´ That’s the straight truth."

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