Tuesday, October 13, 2009
zz top tres hombres
Been rediscovering lost classics lately and this one certainly qualifies. If only for the feast presented on the gatefold. That is a dinner.
How good is the opening three track juggernaut? "Waiting for the Bus" into "Jesus Just Left Chicago" into "Beer Drinkers and Hellraisers". It would be a classic if only for that but you've got "La Grange" and "Move Me on Down the Line" and "Precious and Grace" to keep the party rolling.
These guys were so far ahead of there time(why do you think Albini was always covering them?). Nevermind the fact that they single handedly kept the power trio format respectable in face of the onslaught of Canadian powerless trios like Triumph and Zebra(Rush almost went under the bus too, but are getting a pass for now)
They were pretty unstoppable from 71 to 75. The whole 77 to 81 era had some moments but hinted at the kind of cheese they were going to spray all over your tv screen in the 80s. This record is so good it makes up for that junk like "woke up with wood" and "sleeping bag".
Once again have to thank the Youtube gods for this.
Both VH and ZZ Top were blessed with high pitched bass players