RELEASE
June 21, 2011
LABEL
Eagle Rock
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Blues-Rock, Hard Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Arena Rock, Southern Rock, Boogie Rock, Album Rock

Album Review

Interestingly, while always priding themselves on being a kick-ass live band, ZZ Top never got around to issuing a full-length live album during their 1970s/1980s peak. But as they say, it's better late than never, and 2011 finally saw the arrival of an archival live ZZ Top recording, Live in Germany 1980. Featuring half of the audio portion of their 2009 Double Down Live DVD, Live in Germany 1980 does a fantastic job of displaying all of the group's pre-Eliminator classics in a concert setting. And as expected, the tunes take on a life all their own throughout -- "Jesus Just Left Chicago," "Precious and Grace," and "Cheap Sunglasses" sound even more muscular and strut-heavy on a concert stage. The word "explosive" springs to mind upon coming in close contact with "Heard It on the X" and "Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers," and the hits that made ZZ Top synonymous with classic rock radio are included as well -- "La Grange," "Tush," etc. Shortly after this concert was recorded, ZZ Top got a bit handcuffed by gimmicks (long beards, wacky-looking guitars) and electronics. But in 1980, ZZ Top were one of the (if not the) most powerful trios in all of rock, and Live in Germany 1980 helps confirm this claim once and for all.
Greg Prato, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. El Deg├╝ellohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-in-germany-1980/id440919035?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. I Thank Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-in-germany-1980/id440919035?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Waitin' for the Bushttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-in-germany-1980/id440919035?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Jesus Just Left Chicagohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-in-germany-1980/id440919035?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Precious and Gracehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-in-germany-1980/id440919035?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Manic Mechanichttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-in-germany-1980/id440919035?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Lowdown in the Streethttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-in-germany-1980/id440919035?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Heard It on the Xhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-in-germany-1980/id440919035?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Fool for Your Stockingshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-in-germany-1980/id440919035?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Cheap Sunglasseshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-in-germany-1980/id440919035?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Arrested for Driving While Blindhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-in-germany-1980/id440919035?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisershttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-in-germany-1980/id440919035?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. La Grange/Sloppy Drunk/Bar-B-Qhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-in-germany-1980/id440919035?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. Dust My Broomhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-in-germany-1980/id440919035?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. Jailhouse Rockhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-in-germany-1980/id440919035?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Tushhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-in-germany-1980/id440919035?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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