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ZZ Top - Afterburner [Warner Bros 1-25342] (1985)

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Artist:

ZZ Top

Title:

Afterburner

Released: 1985
Label: Warner Bros
Catalog: 1-25342
Genre: Rock
Note: Small patch of discolored vinyl on side two - does not affect playback


T R A C K L I S T:
01 Sleeping Bag
02 Stages
03 Woke Up With Wood
04 Rough Boy
05 Can't Stop Rockin'
06 Planet Of Women
07 I Got The Message
08 Velcro Fly
09 Dipping Low (In The Lap Of Luxury)
10 Delirious
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Album Review

Afterburner is the ninth studio album by the American rock band ZZ Top, released in 1985. Afterburner was a financial success, going several times platinum and launching several hit singles, the most successful of which was ''Sleeping Bag'' which peaked at No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks and at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In the UK, it was the band's second album to be certified by the British Phonographic Industry, attaining Gold (100,000 units) in 1985. In 1990, it was certified Platinum (300,000 units), to date[when?] their final Platinum certification in the UK.

The song ''Can't Stop Rockin''' was used in the 1993 film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III. The song ''Velcro Fly'' was an element in Stephen King's The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands; Eddie keeps hearing drums playing in the distance and thinks it sounds like, then later realizes it is, the drum track for ''Velcro Fly''. [wikipedia.org]

ZZ Top's Biography

ZZ Top is an American rock band formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. The band has, since 1970, consisted of bassist and lead vocalist Dusty Hill, guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons (the band's leader, main lyricist and musical arranger), and drummer Frank Beard. ''As genuine roots musicians, they have few peers'', according to former musician, critic and collector Michael ''Cub'' Koda. ''Gibbons is one of America's finest blues guitarists working in the arena rock idiom [...] while Hill and Beard provide the ultimate rhythm section support.''

The band released its first albumócalled ZZ Top's First Albumóin 1971. Beginning with blues-inspired rock, the band incorporated new wave, punk rock and dance-rock by using synthesizers. The band is also known for its humorous lyrics laced with double entendres and innuendo.

The band's top-selling album is the 1983 Eliminator, which sold more than 10 million copies in the United States. Total record sales of 25 million place ZZ Top among the top-100-selling artists in the United States, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. That includes 11 gold, seven platinum and three multi-platinum records as of 2016, according to the RIAA. By 2014, ZZ Top had sold more than 50 million albums worldwide.

ZZ Top was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. [wikipedia.org]
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