ZZ Top – ZZ Top's First Album 1970

ZZ Top – ZZ Top’s First Album 1970
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Blues

ZZ Top’s First Album may not be perfectly polished, but it does establish their sound, attitude, and quirks. Simply put, it’s a dirty little blues-rock record, filled with fuzzy guitars, barrelhouse rhythms, dirty jokes, and Texan slang. They have a good, ballsy sound that hits at gut level, and if the record’s not entirely satisfying, it’s because they’re still learning how to craft records — which means that they’re still learning pacing as much as they’re learning how to assemble a set of indelible material. Too much of this record glides by on its sound, without offering any true substance, but the tracks that really work — “(Somebody Else Been) Shaking Your Tree,” “Backdoor Love Affair,” “Brown Sugar,” and “Goin’ Down to Mexico,” among them — show that from their very first record on, ZZ Top was that lil’ ol’ blues band from Texas.
By Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide.
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A1. (Somebody Else Been) Shaking Your Tree   2:29
A2. Brown Sugar   5:22
A3. Squank   2:49
A4. Goin’ Down to Mexico   3:23
A5. Old Man   3:32
B1. Neighbor, Neighbor   2:19
B2. Certified Blues   3:28
B3. Bedroom Thang   3:53
B4. Just Got Back From Baby’s   4:14
B5. Backdoor Love Affair   2:42
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2 Responses to “ZZ Top – ZZ Top's First Album 1970”

  1. wallernotweller Says:

    that first record is brilliant. rough but brilliant:
    http://wallernotweller.wordpress.com/2010/05/23/review-zz-top-eliminator-warner-bros/

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