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ZZ Top – Tejas (1976): Shadows in Stereo

ZZ Top – Tejas (1976): Shadows in Stereo

ZZ Top’s underrated ‘Tejas’ is like a forgotten middle child, having had the back luck to follow not just one, but two classic albums.

One fiery moment saved ZZ Top’s Afterburner from ’80s caricature

One fiery moment saved ZZ Top’s Afterburner from ’80s caricature

Released on Oct. 28, 1985, ‘Afterburner’ risked becoming just another faceless piece of glossy MTV-era production – until Billy Gibbons stepped in.

As Gov’t Mule reached a turning point, By a Thread delivered

As Gov’t Mule reached a turning point, By a Thread delivered

Gov’t Mule dug deeply for ‘By a Thread,’ released on Oct. 27, 2009, retaining all of their soul and grit even as they emerged with a new lineup.

ZZ Top, “I Thank You” (1979): Thanksgiving One Track Mind

ZZ Top, “I Thank You” (1979): Thanksgiving One Track Mind

ZZ Top’s take on ‘I Thank You’ is driven by signature scruffy riffing, and a rhythm as hard and impenetrable as the West Texas ground.

ZZ Top, Tres Hombres and Fandango (1973-75): More Perfect Playlists

ZZ Top, Tres Hombres and Fandango (1973-75): More Perfect Playlists

The idea here is to rehabilitate the studio tracks from ‘Fandango.’

One Track Mind: ZZ Top, “Chartreuse” from Live at Montreux (2014)

One Track Mind: ZZ Top, “Chartreuse” from Live at Montreux (2014)

They sound utterly reinvigorated on this stomping new live release.

ZZ Top – The Complete Studio Albums: 1970-1990 (2013)

ZZ Top – The Complete Studio Albums: 1970-1990 (2013)

What you’re struck first by is this new 10-album reissue box’s long-hoped-for restoration of the original mixes. Then, across 100 songs from two decades, by the wealth of worthy deep cuts from ZZ Top.

‘Same three guys, same three chords’: ZZ Top celebrates 30th anniversary of smash hit Eliminator

‘Same three guys, same three chords’: ZZ Top celebrates 30th anniversary of smash hit Eliminator

For ZZ Top, 1983’s Eliminator was a turning point, in more ways than one. Billy Gibbons and Co. would never have more commercial success, but they would never sound more commercial, either — memorably experimenting with synthesizers

Fred Phillips’ Top Albums for 2012: Country and Southern Rock

This is the first time that I’ve ever enjoyed enough records from the country and Southern rock genres to put together a list. Maybe I’m getting old and turning into that country music-loving guy that my relatives always told me I would

Desert Island Discs: Blues and Blues Rock Edition

Desert Island Discs: Blues and Blues Rock Edition

It probably goes without saying that, once you found yourself stranded on a distant island, there would be blues. And every kind, too — Delta, dirty, city, country, grease-popping, Texas crunching, let-it-all-hang low, you name it.

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