Live in Germany 1980

Live in Germany 1980

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by ZZ Top
     
 

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Interestingly, while always priding themselves on being a kick-ass live band, ZZ Top never got around to issuing a full-length live album during their 1970s/1980s peak. But as they say, it's better late than never, and 2011 finally saw the arrival of an archival live ZZ Top recording, Live in Germany 1980. Featuring half of the audio

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Interestingly, while always priding themselves on being a kick-ass live band, ZZ Top never got around to issuing a full-length live album during their 1970s/1980s peak. But as they say, it's better late than never, and 2011 finally saw the arrival of an archival live ZZ Top recording, Live in Germany 1980. Featuring half of the audio portion of their 2009 Double Down Live DVD, Live in Germany 1980 does a fantastic job of displaying all of the group's pre-Eliminator classics in a concert setting. And as expected, the tunes take on a life all their own throughout -- "Jesus Just Left Chicago," "Precious and Grace," and "Cheap Sunglasses" sound even more muscular and strut-heavy on a concert stage. The word "explosive" springs to mind upon coming in close contact with "Heard It on the X" and "Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers," and the hits that made ZZ Top synonymous with classic rock radio are included as well -- "La Grange," "Tush," etc. Shortly after this concert was recorded, ZZ Top got a bit handcuffed by gimmicks (long beards, wacky-looking guitars) and electronics. But in 1980, ZZ Top were one of the (if not the) most powerful trios in all of rock, and Live in Germany 1980 helps confirm this claim once and for all.

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Release Date:
06/21/2011
Label:
Eagle Records
UPC:
0826992021829
catalogNumber:
20218
Rank:
43637

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Live in Germany 1980 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
DoctorMabuse More than 1 year ago
The sound is even better than the DVD. Now I can play this at full volume in my car! But Wait a minute! This CD isn't even 60 minutes long! How can you justify leaving a rocking "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide" off this CD? There was room for "Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings" and "El Diablo" too! They didn't need to edit out the between-songs banter either (I'm feelin' bad, I'm feelin' nationwide tonight!).
KEVSTER More than 1 year ago
Great cd ya wont be dissapointed. this has all the classic zz tunes from the past plus its way cool live !!!!!