What Is The Best ZZ Top Album of All Time?

ZZ Top's First Album (1971)
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Rio Grande Mud (1972)
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Tres Hombres (1973)
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Fandango! (1975)
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Tejas (1976)
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DegŁello (1979)
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El Loco (1981)
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Eliminator (1983)
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Afterburner (1985)
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Recycler (1990)
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Antenna (1994)
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Rhythmeen (1996)
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XXX (1999)
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Mescalero (2003)
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La Futura (2012)
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Re: ZZ Top - Discography
« on: December 13, 2012, 10:31:18 am »
ZZ Top (Eliminator) 1983

When you think of Eliminator, you automatically go right to the big, monster hits known as Gimme All You Lovin, Sharp Dressed Man, Legs and TV Dinner, which by the way I love to no end. But the album as a whole is just as good and in some cases better. Unless you actually owned Eliminator at one point in your life, I can guarantee that you haven't heard the majority of this instant classic.

I first got into ZZ Top in a big way because of Eliminator. Sure, I knew who they were prior to this album and knew of a few songs of theirs, but I wouldn't say I was a fan of theirs. I was entrenched in the world of Metal and ZZ Top's brand of music was at the time just too far left in the world of southern, Texas rock. Anyway, when Eliminator exploded onto the scene, it hit with a cataclysmic impact. Thank God for MTV at the time. They had awesome videos to frame their hits, which had some pretty infectious hooks throughout. No need to really break down those songs. Everyone already knows them by now.

But I will point out that there are a couple of insanely good songs like I Need You Tonight, I Got The Six and Thug. Thug in particular has some of the coolest slap/pop base lines you will ever hear. Chalk one up for Dusty Hill. It's no small feat to be able to upstage the might Billy Gibbons, but that's just what he does here. Well, that's what I believed at the time. In hindsight, we all know about the actual creation of the album with drum machines and synthesizer and that Dusty Hill and Frank Beard had very little input or playing time on the album. Does it affect my like for the album? Not really. Sure, it's kind of like peeking behind the curtain to see this tiny little man purporting to be the Wizard Of Oz, turning out to be something else all together. I still get a kick out of Eliminator, but it does feel weird that their biggest album to date is really a one man show for Billy.

One last thing, I can hear a lot of Joe Satriani on the song I Need You Tonight. Huh? Don't you mean the other way around since this album came out 4 years before anyone heard of Satch? Whenever I listen to this song, I think of Satch more than I do of Billy Gibbons. Listen to the song and tell me you don't do the same thing.
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