Was ZZ Top's best album their first one?

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Which ZZ Top album was their best?

  1. ZZ Top's First Album

    10.4%
  2. Rio Grande Mud

    10.4%
  3. Tres Hombres

    44.2%
  4. Fandango!

    9.1%
  5. Tejas

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Deguello

    16.9%
  7. El Loco

    1.3%
  8. Eliminator

    6.5%
  9. Afterburner

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. Antenna

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  11. Recycler

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  12. Rythmeen

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  13. XXX

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  14. Mescalero

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  15. La Futura

    1.3%
  1. NEED4TWEED

    NEED4TWEED TDPRI Member

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    I grew up hearing their hits and definitely dug the tunes and vibe, but I'm so glad to have stumbled upon their best work IMO. I can't stop listing to and playing these songs! How was this one so ignored? And Rolling Stone gave it 2 stars? They don't know sh*t!

    My Top 3 from the album:





     
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  2. Shuster

    Shuster Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Tres Hombres #1;):)



     
  3. schmee

    schmee Poster Extraordinaire

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    I liked the simplicity and tone on the first album for sure. But even though the tone got more nasty, some great albums after. Strangely, the "first album" I have with that tan cover has "Jesus Just Left Chicago" on it. I didn't realize it isn't normally on there until I just looked on line a minute ago!
    The strange thing about their stuff is; you listen to it and think "well that's simple to play" ....then you try to get all the nuances down and play it and it's not as easy as you think!
    I lean toward Deguello as the best. The words to Bad, Nationwide just kill me! and Fool For Your Stockings is killer too.

    I just laugh my &%$ off everytime I hear it... talk about painting a picture!

    Well I was rollin' down the road in some cold blue steel
    I had a blues man in back, and a beautician at the wheel
    We going downtown in the middle of the night
    We laughing and I'm jokin' and we feelin' alright
    Oh I'm bad, I'm nationwide
    Yes I'm bad, I'm nationwide
    Easin' down the highway in a new Cadillac
    I had a fine fox in front, I had three more in the back
    They sportin' short dresses, wearin' spike-heel shoes
    They smokin' Lucky Strikes, and wearing nylons too
     
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  4. Jim622

    Jim622 Friend of Leo's

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    Fandango shows them as a true live (I know it’s not a truely live album) trio playing as a band with a minimum amount of the bells and whistle. Tres Hombres is there too.
     
  5. 6stringcowboy

    6stringcowboy Tele-Afflicted

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    Even if you removed those 2 songs, I'd still go with Tres Hombres
     
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    I was in a band that covered Just Got Paid, and yeah Billy is a busy man!:eek::D
     
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    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

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    Always loved what I heard but I'm sorry to say I've never delved into them. Only stuff I know is the popular '80s stuff, so Eliminator, Afterburner.
     
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    I LOVE all pre disco drum machine ZZ Top.
    I never forgave them for Eliminator or anything thereafter.
    I LOVE Rio Grande Mud, it’s easily my favorite.
    Tres Hombres is runner up, and I really like El Loco and Deguello.
    I met the Rev in 1976.
    Nice guy!
     
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    idjster VERY grateful member Ad Free Member

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    Of course, being in Canada it's a real pain calling them Zed Zed Top... :lol:
     
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    I still remember how excited I was when I figured out how to "squeak" strings.
     
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    Bruxist Friend of Leo's

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    Edit: After looking at their discography on wikipedia, I changed my vote to Tres Hombres.

    I am the El Loco vote but it used to would have been Deguello.
     
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    I dig every album in every era. It's like The History of the World.

    But since I could only choose one, I picked Deguello. Just 'cause. :cool:
     
  13. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Friend of Leo's

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    I own everything ZZ Top has ever released, and even a bunch of bootlegs. I even own the pre-ZZ albums & singles by the Warlocks/Cellar Dwellers/American Blues and Moving Sidewalks. I have Billy’s solo excursions and even other people’s albums he “guest-starred” on (which is how I ended up with a Nickelback CD...:oops:). I have some odd/rare/dang-near-impossible-to-find memorabilia of theirs. I’ve seen them in concert at least 12-13 times.

    I love ZZ Top.

    However, I am not a sycophant, and I can say with all clarity that even the worst ZZ Top album (Afterburner, in my humble opinion), has some good moments here and there.

    Having said all that, Rio Grande Mud is my favorite “classic” disc by them.

    Another of my favorites by them is the later-era overlooked gem Rhythmeen...it’s a really good disc, and would make a good soundtrack for a road trip between New Orleans and Tijuana, staying on the shady side of town the entire way.
     
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    Fiesta Red Friend of Leo's

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    The day I learned how to play a controlled pinch harmonic was the day I truly became a man.
     
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    In the 70's played that Rio Grande Mud eight track in my car till it fell apart!



    Love,

    Becky
     
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    In my opinion tres hombres is by far their best!
     
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    Dear Becky...I love the pickups you sold me. And I love the way you talked to me on the phone for a half hour telling me about your experiences in Texas including learning how to two-step.

    Somehow that made the pickups even better.

    And I voted for Fandango just because it was the soundtrack to high school.
     
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  18. NEED4TWEED

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    Well it looks like I'm alone in my affection for the first album, which is totally fine with me :cool:
     
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    I could vote for anything before "Eliminator". But, I chose "Fandango" since my grandparents did, indeed, go down to the Balinese back in the day.
     
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    I love First Album, too.
    The front cover featuring Pearly is very inspiring.
    There are a few tunes on it that are just great, but I love every track on RGM.
     
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