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ZZ Top - Eliminator [Warner Bros Records W1-23774] (1983)

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Artist:

ZZ Top

Title:

Eliminator

Released: 1983
Country: US
Label: Warner Bros Records
Catalog: W1-23774
Genre: Rock, Blues Rock
Note: Record Club edition


T R A C K L I S T:
01 Gimme All Your Lovin
02 Got Me Under Pressure
03 Sharp Dressed Man
04 I Need You Tonight
05 I Got The Six
06 Legs
07 Thug
08 TV Dinners
09 Dirty Dog
10 If I Could Only Flag Her Down
11 Bad Girl
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Stephen Thomas Erlewine [allmusic.com]

ZZ Top had reached the top of the charts before, but that didn't make their sudden popularity in 1983 any more predictable. It wasn't that they were just popular -- they were hip, for God's sake, since they were one of the only AOR favorites to figure out to harness the stylish, synthesized grooves of new wave, and then figure out how to sell it on MTV. Of course, it helped that they had songs that deserved to be hits. With ''Gimme All Your Lovin','' ''Sharp Dressed Man,'' and ''Legs,'' they had their greatest set of singles since the heady days of Tres Hombres, and the songs that surrounded them weren't bad either -- they would have been singles on El Loco, as a matter of fact. The songs alone would have made Eliminator one of ZZ Top's three greatest albums, but their embrace of synths and sequencers made it a blockbuster hit, since it was the sound of the times. Years later, the sound of the times winds up sounding a bit stiff. It's still an excellent ZZ Top album, one of their best, yet it sounds like a mechanized ZZ Top thanks to the unflaggingly accurate grooves. Then again, that's part of the album's charm -- this is new wave blues-rock, glossed up for the video, looking as good as the omnipresent convertible on the cover and sounding as irresistible as Reaganomics. Not the sort the old-school fans or blues-rock purists will love, but ZZ Top never sounded as much like a band of its time as they did here.


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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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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