Rancho Texicano: The Very Best of ZZ Top

Rancho Texicano: The Very Best of ZZ Top

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by ZZ Top
     
 
Since Rhino released an exhaustive four-disc ZZ Top box in October 2003, some may question the appearance of a double-disc retrospective in June 2004, a mere eight months after the box set. The two may be released awfully close to each other, but they do play to different audiences -- in other words, there are a bunch of fans who want all the

Overview

Since Rhino released an exhaustive four-disc ZZ Top box in October 2003, some may question the appearance of a double-disc retrospective in June 2004, a mere eight months after the box set. The two may be released awfully close to each other, but they do play to different audiences -- in other words, there are a bunch of fans who want all the hits, but not a full box set, and that's what the 38-track Rancho Texicano: The Very Best of ZZ Top delivers. Not that it gets everything right -- there are a few classic album cuts, like "Leila" and "I Got the Six," that probably should have been included, and ending the set with a live version of "Cheap Sunglasses" and 12" remixes of "Legs" and "Velcro Fly" leaves a bad aftertaste -- but it gets it close enough, containing all of their biggest hits and a great cross-section of album tracks and AOR favorites. And apart from the aforementioned bewildering final three tracks, it's sequenced well, with the down-n-dirty '70s material on the first disc, and the MTV hits from the '80s on the second. There's still a need for a single-disc that has all the biggest hits, but until that comes along, Rancho Texicano is the best and most concise overview of that lil' ol' band from Texas.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/15/2004
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227890827
catalogNumber:
78908

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Brown Sugar
  2. Goin' Down to Mexico
  3. Just Got Back from Baby's
  4. Francene
  5. Just Got Paid
  6. Bar-B-Q
  7. La Grange
  8. Waitin' for the Bus
  9. Jesus Just Left Chicago
  10. Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers
  11. Mexican Blackbird
  12. Tush
  13. Thunderbird
  14. Blue Jean Blues
  15. Heard It on the X
  16. It's Only Love
  17. Arrested for Driving While Blind
  18. I Thank You
  19. Cheap Sunglasses
  20. I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide
  21. A Fool for Your Stockings

Disc 2

  1. Tube Snake Boogie
  2. Pearl Necklace
  3. Gimme All Your Lovin'
  4. Sharp Dressed Man
  5. Legs
  6. Got Me Under Pressure
  7. Sleeping Bag
  8. Stages
  9. Rough Boy
  10. Velcro Fly
  11. Woke Up With Wood
  12. Doubleback
  13. My Head's in Mississippi
  14. Viva Las Vegas
  15. Cheap Sunglasses
  16. Legs
  17. Velcro Fly

Album Credits

Performance Credits

ZZ Top   Primary Artist
Frank Beard   Percussion,Drums,Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Billy Gibbons   Fiddle,Guitar,Harmonica,Keyboards,Baritone Saxophone,Vocals
Dusty Hill   Bass,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals

Technical Credits

Mort Shuman   Composer
Terry Manning   Engineer
James Austin   Liner Notes
Frank Beard   Composer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Billy Gibbons   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Bill Ham   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Joe Hardy   Engineer
Dusty Hill   Composer
Bob Ludwig   Engineer
Larry Nix   Engineer
Doc Pomus   Composer
David Porter   Composer
Robin Brian   Engineer
Tom Vickers   Liner Notes
Steve Woolard   Discographical Annotation
Terry Kane   Engineer
Jim Reeves   Engineer

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Rancho Texicano: The Very Best of ZZ Top 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Man, it sure has been a while since ZZ Top came out with a decent compilation, and I was wondering when they were going to release a "Very Best Of" compilation like this one. This compilation is almost perfect. It just needs "Planet of Women" and "Give It Up". It was not really necessary to put a live version of "Cheap Sunglasses" or a 12" version of "Velcro Fly" on here. Other than that, great compilation!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the album looks great although i have not heard this album, but i can tell if it's going to be good. it's missing the live track from the LP "fandango"- backdoor love affair medley (classic). although i bet it was too riskay for Rhino records to release.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This disc proves why ZZ Top is an excellent band. The instrumental work is incredible. Like AC/DC and other bands of this genre, it's simple blues-based music. ZZ Top proves you don't have to be complex to get down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave this to my brother for his birthday, he has seen ZZtop live a # of times. As it turns out his copy had recently been damaged in his car. He was very pleased to get a copy of these classics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago