Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

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by ZZ Top
     
 

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ZZ Top became a multi-platinum franchise in the 1980s when the bearded blues-rock power trio were transformed into the cartoonish darlings of MTV, complete with flashy videos full of hot babes and cool cars. Musically, however, the Texas trio's lean boogies and greasy blues hadn't changed much since early-'70s albums like Tres Hombres<…  See more details below

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ZZ Top became a multi-platinum franchise in the 1980s when the bearded blues-rock power trio were transformed into the cartoonish darlings of MTV, complete with flashy videos full of hot babes and cool cars. Musically, however, the Texas trio's lean boogies and greasy blues hadn't changed much since early-'70s albums like Tres Hombres and Fandango made them a popular concert attraction. Guitarist Billy Gibbons is well schooled in the music of Texas blues masters like T. Bone Walker and Lightnin' Hopkins, and that deep musical knowledge helps the band rock out without trivializing their roots. For their '80s super hits -- "Gimme All Your Lovin'," "Legs," "Sleeping Bag" -- the band made slight commercial adjustments to the old formula, adding synthesizers and souped-up beats to make it on pop radio, while retaining the elemental power of such early hits as "La Grange" and "Tush." Greatest Hits puts it all together; at a filling 18 tracks, it's akin to a zesty combo plate at a funky Mexican joint, tequila optional.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
This isn't a perfect roundup of ZZ Top's superstar years of the '80s, but it comes pretty close. It dips back into the '70s for "Pearl Necklace" and "La Grange," with a couple of selections from the post-peak '90s, but this does offer the MTV-era basics: "Gimme All Your Lovin'," "Sharp Dressed Man," "Rough Boy," "Tush," "My Head's in Mississippi," "Doubleback," "Cheap Sunglasses," "Sleeping Bag." What slows this record down are some new cuts and album tracks that don't deserve to be here, along with a remix, not the original version, of "Legs." Still, that may just be quibbling for some listeners, since the basics are all here, making this a good complement to the '70s-focused The Best of ZZ Top (although it would be nice if a definitive disc, with all the hits, would appear on the market).

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Release Date:
04/14/1992
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0075992684620
catalogNumber:
26846

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4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
zz tops is the lukes i mean look at there covers hot women, hotrodes every were. this cd has there greats song on hear and even some of these song are in movies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An original band that has performed consistently over the past few decades. Their style is readily recognizable, and always superb!
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cluney More than 1 year ago
i DIDN'T REALLYIKE THIS cd. But I hadn't heard many songs from this artist and didn't really know what I was getting.