ZZ Top Live - Greatest Hits From Around The World (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz
Artist: ZZ Top
Title: Live - Greatest Hits From Around The World
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Blues Rock, Southern Rock
Label: © Suretone Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Recorded over the course of several tours in cities all around the world, 'Greatest Hits Live' picks the greatest moments and biggest hits from ZZ Top's illustrious back catalogue captured with the phenomenal energy of their renowned live performances.
'Greatest Hits Live' covers everything from their breakthrough hit 'La Grange' plus three snappy blues-rock classics from the 1973 album 'Tres Hombres', through to their huge crossover hits – 'Gimme All Your Lovin'', 'Sharp Dressed Man', Legs' – and then to the present day with their recent collaboration with Jeff Beck on the Tennessee Ernie Ford / Merle Travis standard 'Sixteen Tons'.
"We spend the biggest stretch of every year out on the road, whippin' wire, poundin' skin, and rockin' it way up," says Billy F. Gibbons. "This is the true document of life de la ZZ. In an abstract surrealism style, this collection is a definitive chronicle of the band hangin' together for four plus deluxe decades, getting down to do what we get to do. Enjoy and listen to loudness!"
Assembled from various shows from various tours from around the world, 2016's Live: Greatest Hits from Around the World is billed as ZZ Top's first "full-length live album" -- a matter of dispute considering how Eagle Rock released three CD/DVD/Blu-ray combo sets between 2008 and 2014. There is no visual component to Live: Greatest Hits from Around the World, which may be how it skates around the first live album distinction -- if there's no video, this is a pure album -- but the record mines a similar musical vein, collecting highlights from latter-day ZZ Top tours. During the 2000s and 2010s, ZZ Top released an excellent studio album called La Futura, but that's ignored here in favor for all the songs that are classic rock staples. Older, the Lil' Ol' Band from Texas sounds thicker and heavier -- and Billy Gibbons' growl is so gruff it seems tattered -- but that helps distinguish these versions from the spit and polish of the studio versions; not better, per se, but certainly the work of a band whose members happily settle into their advanced years, not wishing to change a thing about how they do things. Nevertheless, the undeniable highlights are the two tracks featuring cameos from Jeff Beck: he contributes lyrical solos to "Rough Boy" and helps with the heavy-footed boogie of "Sixteen Tons," pushing the trio just far enough out of its comfort zone to provide some crackle. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
1. Got Me Under Pressure (Live From New York)
2. Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers (Live From Las Vegas)
3. Cheap Sunglasses (Live From Paris)
4. Waitin For The Bus (Live from Chicago)
5. Jesus Just Left Chicago (Live From Chicago)
6. Legs (Live From Sao Paolo)
7. Sharp Dressed Man (Live From Los Angeles)
8. Rough Boy (Live From London)
9. Pincushion (Live From Berlin)
10. La Grange (Live From Dallas)
11. I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide (Live From Vancouver)
12. Tube Snake Boogie (Live From Rome)
13. Gimme All Your Lovin' (Live From Houston)
14. Tush (Live From Nashville)
15. Sixteen Tons (Live From London)
Billy Gibbons - Guitar, Vocals
Dusty Hill - Guitar, Vocals
Frank Beard - Drums
Jeff Beck - Guitar (#8,15)
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