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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 the 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 work load, 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's music is always instantly recognizable, eminently powerful, profoundly soulful, and 100% American in derivation. They have continued to support the blues through various means, perhaps the most visible when they were given a piece of wood from Muddy Waters's 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. In 2003 they released yet another album, "Mescalaro". Cub Koda All Music Guide
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09/02/2010 - ZZ Top Still Rocking The Beards - Read More
11/22/2009 - ZZ Top Brings A Little Bit O' Texas To Abbotsford - Read More
11/22/2009 - ZZ Top brings Texas to Penticton - Read More
11/02/2009 - West Seattle Filmmaker to screen new ZZ Top documentary - Read More
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Average Rating : 5              Total Reviews: 11

ZZ Top  06/11/2008            
This is one of the greatest r'n'r albums of all time. ZZ Top of the early/mid 1970's has one of the most unique and BEST sounds of any group EVER. Everyone should listen to this album once to hear what rock'n'roll once was.
ZZ Top  04/18/2008            
How can you not love these guys??? They are still as great as ever!!
ZZ Top  07/07/2007            
P Kenny
I actually saw these guys in concert a few years back and they've still got it going on!
ZZ Top  05/08/2007            
just got back from babys
ZZ Top  04/24/2007            
ZZ Top, I may be young but your music rocks!! It makes me wanna jump up and be all dancy!! haha!! anyways my dad love ya'll too!! bye
ZZ Top  02/11/2007            
P Schmizzle
Greatest band in the world. For all you big Top fans, and for people who just want to immerse yourself in awesomeness, there's a collection of their first albums in one box set. It is amazing. Great blues, R&B, country, rock, just greatness all around.
ZZ Top  10/01/2006            
love them
ZZ Top  10/28/2004            
ZZ Top  08/04/2004            
gator 43
This is the ultimate ZZ Top highlight reel. A must have for true fans and a great way to introduce "the little band from texas" to the blues outsiders. My 13 year old daughter now realizes that music did not begin with Britney Spears...(thank god!!) Buy this recording and enjoy it, but don't stop there! Start your collection here but build it big as the music of ZZ will fill your soul. Play on my brothers...
ZZ Top  05/12/2002            
Best ZZ TOP cd I have.
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