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Editors’ Notes

After the surprise, hard-won success of their previous studio album, 1973’s Tres Hombres, the Texas power-blues trio ZZ Top took an odd approach and returned with 1975’s Fandango!: a half-studio/half-live set. “Jailhouse Rock” sounds less like a ‘50s Elvis Presley single than a militant call to revolution. The “Backdoor Medley” is pure ‘70s guitar sludge, one long boogie-number with audience cheers and singer Billy Gibbons egging on the crowd with sassy spoken word and flashy guitar licks. But while the band has always been a formidable live presence, it’s the acute tightness of their studio productions that made their legend and established them as FM radio survivors. It’s what had made Tres Hombres such a revelation, and this album’s finest moments remain the two definitive studio cuts: “Tush” and “Heard It on the X.” In addition, the solid “Blue Jeans Blues” (with its striking guitar tone) goes a long way toward explaining why these guys continue to grace the cover of guitar magazines worldwide.

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If you like ZZ TOP this is a must have,you learn a lot their roots and what makes them one of the best three man bands you ever know !

Biography

Formed: 1970 in Houston, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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