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ZZ Top - La Grange (Live From Gruene Hall) with magnatone amps

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by ping-ping-clicka, Oct 29, 2020.

  1. ping-ping-clicka

    ping-ping-clicka Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    a great sounding live version of an old time favorite. The Reverend is putting on a tone seminar, forsure.
     
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    Great tone. Not some of Billy's best playing, but good video none the less.

    I loved the drummer's groove. Solid, unwavering, energetic, and the kit sounded terrific. I know a lot of guys who would be bored senseless playing drums on that tune, but they'd be missing the point. Often times, "the groove" is the tune. And as I'm fond of saying, "If you're bored, you're not groovin"
     
  3. ping-ping-clicka

    ping-ping-clicka Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    He sounds just fine to me, real nice feel, and the story he tells is laid back, and again the tones are to die for. He does not sound like somebody that's got something prove, after all...
     
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    My favorite band in my favorite dance hall...:cool::cool::cool:
     
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    From the documentary ?
     
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    He probably has a Princeton Reverb with a mic on it behind all those amps.
     
  8. Lost_N_Austin

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    I really miss Gruene Hall. It looks like Dusty might be buying "Extra Long" Base Guitar straps these days.

    Here are a couple of pics from my run-in's with Billy G.
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    This one with Brad Paisley at the Continental Club
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    This one when he signed my B-G Book at the Texas Museum concert.

    Lost_N_Austin
     
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    Very nice!
     
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    I've always loved how much space ZZ Top manage to fill out with only three instruments and comparatively simple arrangements. I can't exactly explain why, but I think Dusty has a lot to do with it - I think he's the ace up that band's sleeve.
     
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    He usually runs a Marshall rackmount tube amp when he plays live. Dusty uses the same model for his bass.
     
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    And I dig Frank holding down the groove...Billy G has ok tone, but let’s be honest the tone on the original just slays compared to this. The aggression in the original is perfect blues’rock and it is lacking here IMO. And I am a HUGE ZZ fan. Frank be killin” tho.
     
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    I don't know-how much has your tone changed in the last 25 years?Or mine for that matter?Boy sounds pretty good to me.
     
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    I’ve seen that before, but it was freakin cool to see again. Love me some ZZ.

    Mind you, whilst holding a top notch groove, I thought Frank seemed a little bored! :confused:

    Maybe he was just hamming it up a bit. Good little jam though. :)

    And I looooove that guitar!
     
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    The original "La Grange" for me is the pinnacle of rock-blues guitar playing – everything: tone, note choice, intention…

    But this is also great. And he's telling us all: "you can play it any way you want it… watch me do it 'laid back'". Perfect Reverend.

    I agree about Frank's drumming. It's funny how on the big break at the end of the solo the Rev wants to play his lick behind the beat, but Frank mercilessly hits those stops spot on the beat …
     
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    I may be wrong, but didn't Billy use his Pearly Gates Les Paul on the original recording of La Grange?
     
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    Dunno...I like this one for its very laidback way!! I got all the time in the world feel is very cool!
    I grew up on loads of ZZ Top :D
    Just love that they are still around!
    And what a friggin' cool Tele!
     
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    I don’t have a reference handy but I’ve read it was a Strat.
     
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    Great.

    Sounds almost like a fuzz tone on the bass guitar.
     
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    It was indeed a Strat, with a 3 position switch, the switch put in what Billy called the “magical” place between the neck and middle pickup. (ie position 2 on a standard 5 position switch).

    Don’t have the reference handy, but I read it a few years ago.
    Philbert
     
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