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Discussion in '70's Music' started by Slip'nn2Darkness, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. Slip'nn2Darkness

    Slip'nn2Darkness Sub Sonic Soul Shaker

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    ZZ Top Official Website
    ZZ Top Youtube Channel

    ZZ Top Discography

    1971 ZZ Top's First Album
    1972 Rio Grande Mud
    1973 Tres Hombres
    1975 Fandango!
    1976 Tejas
    1979 Degüello
    1981 El Loco
    1983 Eliminator
    1985 Afterburner
    1990 Recycler
    1994 Antenna
    1996 Rhythmeen
    1999 XXX
    2003 Mescalero
    2012 La Futura

    Where to start with these guys.. One of my all time favorites EVER!!
    Some like them... Some don't...
    To me just a good timing Southern Style Rock and Roll band with countless hits..

    I liked Cub Koda's write up on them so I'll post it..

    This sturdy American blues-rock trio from Texas consists of Billy Gibbons (guitar), Dusty Hill (bass), and Frank Beard (drums). They were formed in 1970 in and around Houston from rival bands the Moving Sidewalks (Gibbons) and American Blues (Hill and Beard). Their first two albums reflected the strong blues roots and Texas humor of the band. Their third album (Tres Hombres) gained them national attention with the hit "La Grange," a signature riff tune to this day, based on John Lee Hooker's "Boogie Chillen." Their success continued unabated throughout the '70s, culminating with the year-and-a-half-long Worldwide Texas Tour.

    Exhausted from the overwhelming workload, they took a three-year break, then switched labels and returned to form with Deguello and El Loco, both harbingers of what was to come. By their next album, Eliminator, and its worldwide smash follow-up, Afterburner, they had successfully harnessed the potential of synthesizers to their patented grungy blues groove, giving their material a more contemporary edge while retaining their patented Texas style. Now sporting long beards, golf hats, and boiler suits, they met the emerging video age head-on, reducing their "message" to simple iconography. Becoming even more popular in the long run, they moved with the times while simultaneously bucking every trend that crossed their path. As genuine roots musicians, they have few peers; Gibbons is one of America's finest blues guitarists working in the arena rock idiom -- both influenced by the originators of the form and British blues-rock guitarists like Peter Green -- while Hill and Beard provide the ultimate rhythm section support.

    The only rock & roll group that's out there with its original members still aboard after three decades (an anniversary celebrated on 1999's XXX), ZZ Top play music that is always instantly recognizable, eminently powerful, profoundly soulful, and 100-percent American in derivation. They have continued to support the blues through various means, perhaps most visibly when they were given a piece of wood from Muddy Waters' shack in Clarksdale, MS. The group members had it made into a guitar, dubbed the "Muddywood," then sent it out on tour to raise money for the Delta Blues Museum. ZZ Top's support and link to the blues remains as rock solid as the music they play. A concert CD and DVD, Live from Texas, recorded in Dallas in 2007 and featuring a still vital band, were both released in 2008.


    So time to get into the Texas Home Wreckin, Heart Breaking guys from out of Houston Texas..

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    Re: That Little Ole Band From Texas~ZZ TOP

    This is a great video ~

     
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    I absolutely adore ZZ Top. One of my faves...a friend of mine sings these in his country rock band


     
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    Re: That Little Ole Band From Texas~ZZ TOP

    I was lucky enough to see them live last summer and it was incredible, they changed up the songs a bit:)

    I love all their early albums, my favorite is Fandango... I get so sick of Sharp Dressed Man, Legs, and Cheap Sunglasses... they are played at least four times a day each on the local classic rock station, Mid career ZZ Top is MASSIVE, and I mean anyone over the age of 35 living in downtown Pittsburgh LOVES those three songs....
     
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    I love ZZ Top. Billy Gibbons is one of my guitar fetishes :D He is one really cool guy and always wears tha funky dreadlock looking hat.

    My all time favorite album:

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    ZZ Top with Willie Nelson *this song is from Degüello*



     
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    Saw that tour Magic and agree it's my fave too. They are one of the best Power Trios ever to take the stage, I'm glad I got to see them in their prime.
     
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    Re: That Little Ole Band From Texas~ZZ TOP

    ZZ Top was one of the bands that I really focused on when I was learning how to play guitar. They take pure, hard, blues rock farther than anyone else and they do it in a simpler, more effective way than anyone else ever will.
     
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    Dead video removed - Riff Raff
     
  9. Slip'nn2Darkness

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    I couldn't agree with your point more eberg.. I got into ZZ Top back when they started out.. I just backed up and let them go commercial and all.. But Fandango was the one album I wanted to spotlight.
    Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings I tried to post the video to it.. Limited studio ZZ Top to say the least..
    But if your watching them in concert.. It's a blast!!
    I saw them during the Fandango tour.. In Fact my first concert watching them..
    They had the whole stage set up western style..
    A huge stage show with a Long Horn steer on stage..
    It was a mind blowing experience..
    It was like a get up front and get a closer look at these guys kinda concert..
    When they did "Mellow Down Easy" that took the cake.. Billy and Dusty seeing who could sing Mellow Down easy the longest on one breath..:heheh:
    If you want to blow yer top finishing it off..
    One of the best shows I have ever seen..

    Everybody else in here.. You know how to Boogie Woogie...:grinthumb
     
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    Re: That Little Ole Band From Texas~ZZ TOP

    ZZTop = the best 3-man band in history. Great music, great live shows!
     

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