Eliminator [CD/DVD]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
ZZ Top had reached the top of the charts before, but that didn't make their sudden popularity in 1983 any more predictable. It wasn't that they were just popular -- they were hip, for God's sake, since they were one of the only AOR favorites to figure out to harness the stylish, synthesized grooves of new wave, and then figure out how to sell it on MTV. Of course, it helped that they had songs that deserved to be hits. With "Gimme All Your Lovin'," "Sharp Dressed Man," and "Legs," they had their greatest set of singles since the heady days of Tres Hombres, and the songs that surrounded them weren't bad either -- they would have been singles on El Loco, as a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
ZZ Top had reached the top of the charts before, but that didn't make their sudden popularity in 1983 any more predictable. It wasn't that they were just popular -- they were hip, for God's sake, since they were one of the only AOR favorites to figure out to harness the stylish, synthesized grooves of new wave, and then figure out how to sell it on MTV. Of course, it helped that they had songs that deserved to be hits. With "Gimme All Your Lovin'," "Sharp Dressed Man," and "Legs," they had their greatest set of singles since the heady days of Tres Hombres, and the songs that surrounded them weren't bad either -- they would have been singles on El Loco, as a matter of fact. The songs alone would have made Eliminator one of ZZ Top's three greatest albums, but their embrace of synths and sequencers made it a blockbuster hit, since it was the sound of the times. Years later, the sound of the times winds up sounding a bit stiff. It's still an excellent ZZ Top album, one of their best, yet it sounds like a mechanized ZZ Top thanks to the unflaggingly accurate grooves. Then again, that's part of the album's charm -- this is new wave blues-rock, glossed up for the video, looking as good as the omnipresent convertible on the cover and sounding as irresistible as Reaganomics. Not the sort the old-school fans or blues-rock purists will love, but ZZ Top never sounded as much like a band of its time as they did here. [Based on Rhino's 2008 Deluxe reissue of ZZ Top's classic 1983 LP Eliminator, the trio didn't have much in the way of unreleased songs left in the vaults, but that doesn't mean this double-disc set isn't useful. This set has a DVD devoted to the album's landmark videos -- "Gimme All Your Lovin'," "Sharp Dressed Man," "Legs," and "TV Dinners," all staples of early MTV -- adding a couple of live performances for good measure. Live performances are also the key to the expansion of the CD, as the seven bonus tracks contain two mixes of "Legs" -- a 7" edit and a 12" mix -- and five live cuts from the Eliminator tour. These live performances aren't as good as the sleek, gleaming finished album, as the group had neither learned to expertly play with a drum machine on-stage or figure out how to do these songs without electronics, but that just winds up highlighting what an exceptionally well-crafted, imaginative production the original Eliminator was and for that, this deluxe edition is worth exploring.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2008
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 081227997519
  • Catalog Number: 238204
  • Sales rank: 81,888

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gimme All Your Lovin (4:04)
  2. 2 Got Me Under Pressure (4:03)
  3. 3 Sharp Dressed Man (4:18)
  4. 4 I Need You Tonight (6:18)
  5. 5 I Got the Six (2:54)
  6. 6 Legs (4:33)
  7. 7 Thug (4:19)
  8. 8 TV Dinners (3:50)
  9. 9 Dirty Dog (4:06)
  10. 10 If I Could Only Flag Her Down (3:40)
  11. 11 Bad Girl (3:22)
  12. 12 Legs (3:35)
  13. 13 Gimme All Your Lovin (4:45)
  14. 14 Sharp Dressed Man (5:15)
  15. 15 I Got the Six (3:06)
  16. 16 TV Dinners (4:13)
  17. 17 Got Me Under Pressure (4:07)
  18. 18 Legs (7:51)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Gimme All Your Lovin
  2. 2 Sharp Dressed Man
  3. 3 Legs
  4. 4 TV Dinners
  5. 5 Got Me Under Pressure [DVD
  6. 6 Gimme All Your Lovin [DVD
  7. 7 Sharp Dressed Man [DVD
  8. 8 Tube Snake Boogie [DVD
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
ZZ Top Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Terry Manning Engineer
Greg Allen Art Direction, Reissue Design
Frank Beard Composer
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Billy Gibbons Composer
Bill Ham Producer
Dusty Hill Composer
Marius Penczner Video Director
Bob Alford Cover Photo
Bob Merlis Liner Notes
Tim Newman Video Director
Gary Buonanno Video Producer
Tom Hannicutt Cover Illustration
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