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ZZ TOP – ZZ TOP’S FIRST ALBUM – January 16, 1971
ZZ Top – their name immediately had us Hippies grinning by their combined use of the two most high-profile brands of rolling papers of the day; Zig Zag (ZZ) and Top.
It is sad and a bit embarrassing to admit that it took the groove of the British Blues bands, who loved and emulated all of the classic American Bluesmen, for me to recognize and appreciate my own country’s rich roots of the Blues. Once all the Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, and John Lee Hooker classics were electrified I was able to appreciate what was already here my whole life. But better late than never, I went back and listened to all the originals to get the full spectrum of the Blues.
So by 1971 we were all familiar with the electrified versions of blues classics by the Brits, but here was an album by Americans, Texans, that truly electrified the blues in the gritty, raw, honest, full-force spirit of the Blues as if done by the masters. Plus these were all originals, no covers; there were obvious influences, but that didn’t matter because right there and then you knew that these guys were the Real Deal – Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard – stone hard blues rock with a distinct style, sound and attitude that would prove to be loved world-wide for decades.
This is why I was extremely pleased to see them rack-up the music video awards in the classic days of MTV nearly a decade and a half later as they celebrated and reveled in the pure core of Rock ‘n’ Roll; Sex, Cars and cool Hard Rock and Blues – and they delivered consistently and devoutly like no one before or since.
It’s not easy maintaining any career and certainly not a music career, but ZZ Top have and it’s their attuned talent and fun-loving spirit that makes any age fan feel good and that’s just one more award that they can claim – the ability to lift spirits; a much-needed gift anytime from ZZ Top.
And here’s how it all began:
ZZ Top’s First Album
“(Somebody Else Been) Shakin’ Your Tree” (Billy Gibbons) – 2:32
“Brown Sugar” (Gibbons) – 5:22
“Squank” (Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Bill Ham) – 2:46
“Goin’ Down to Mexico” (Gibbons, Hill, Ham) – 3:26
“Old Man” (Gibbons, Hill, Frank Beard) – 3:23
“Neighbor, Neighbor” (Gibbons) – 2:18
“Certified Blues” (Gibbons, Beard, Ham) – 3:25
“Bedroom Thang” (Gibbons) – 4:37
“Just Got Back from Baby’s” (Gibbons, Ham) – 4:07
“Backdoor Love Affair” (Gibbons, Ham) – 3:20
You can hear them creating famous hooks even in these songs – a really solid LP and one I played the ever-lovin’ shit outta!
With fifteen hit albums to date, ZZ Top knew where their career was headed when they named this their “first” album!
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