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09/19/2016

Texas trio ZZ Top issue 'Live-Greatest Hits'

By Ruben Mosqueda // ZZ Top the Texas trio and Rock & Roll Hall of Famers are at it again with another live album this one titled ‘Live-Greatest Hits’ recorded at various locations on the band’s last world tour. 

ZZ Top the Texas trio and Rock & Roll Hall of Famers are at it again with another live album this one titled ‘Live-Greatest Hits’ was recorded at various locations on the band’s last world tour. This single disc collection features all the hits that any casual fans want to hear; “Got Me Under Pressure,” “Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers,” “Cheap Sunglasses,”  “Waitin’ for the Bus,” “Jesus Just Left Chicago,” “Legs, ”Sharp Dressed Man,” “Rough Boy” [with special guest Jeff Beck], “La Grange,” “I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide, ”Tube Snake Boogie,”“Gimme All Your Lovin,’” and “Tush.” The surprise on the disc is the cover of “Sixteen Tons” [which once again features Jeff Beck].

Billy Gibbons and Co didn’t dig deep [at all] into their discography for this album [nor have they in years]; the tracks heard on 'Live-Greatest Hits' have been basically the set list for decades. It would have been nice if ZZ Top had included something from their last effort ‘La Futura’ on this record like; “Chartreuse” if not for any other reason other than to mix things up. The only post ‘Recycler’ track on this effort is “Pincushion” from 1994’s ‘Antenna.’  One thing that should be noted is that the recordings vary from track to track as the album was culled from recordings around North America and Europe. As a fan of bootleg recordings, it doesn’t bother me much; however I can totally see where people will gripe about this. If you don't already have 'Live In Texas' or 'Live in Germany' I'd say go with either of those as they are sonically superior to 'Live-Greatest Hits.'

 

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