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They’re Bad, They’re Nationwide: ZZ Top to Release New Hits Compilation

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The Very Baddest of ZZ TopMore than 40 years after they burst onto the scene with an instantly recognizable brand of Texas-fried blues – and on the eve of a European tour – Rhino is preparing a new compilation for ZZ Top.

The Very Baddest of ZZ Top follows vocalist/guitarist Billy F. Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard through their career in full; from their self-titled debut in 1971 to their bluesy breakthrough Tres Hombres in 1973, all the way to their MTV-era pop-rock renaissance with 1983’s Eliminator and beyond. Tracks from all of the group’s London/Warner Bros. albums (compiled last year in a great box set that featured all of them in their original mixes on CD, several for the first time), as well as cuts from the band’s four albums recorded for RCA Records between 1993 and 2003, make up this set, some 40 tracks in all.

Usage of those original mixes, as well as eight rare single edits, make this a fitting update from the band’s last double-disc compilation, 2004’s Rancho Texicano: The Very Best of ZZ Top. (For casual fans, or hardcore fans who want the edits on CD without paying double-disc prices, a single-disc version is also available, too.)

The party (on the patio or otherwise) begins July 22; hit the jump for a full track list for each version and pre-order links!

The Very Baddest of ZZ Top (Warner Bros./Rhino, 2014)

2CD version: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Disc 1

  1. Gimme All Your Lovin’ (Single Version – Warner Bros. 29693, 1983) (h)
  2. Sharp Dressed Man (Single Version – Warner Bros. 29576, 1983) (h)
  3. La Grange (c)
  4. Tush (d)
  5. (Somebody Else Been) Shaking Your Tree (a)
  6. Francine (b)
  7. Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers (c)
  8. It’s Only Love (e)
  9. Arrested for Driving While Blind (e)
  10. I Thank You (Single Version – Warner Bros. 49163, 1979) (f)
  11. Cheap Sunglasses (Single Version – Warner Bros. 49220, 1979) (f)
  12. Tube Snake Boogie (g)
  13. Pearl Necklace (g)
  14. Just Got Paid (b)
  15. Waitin’ for the Bus (c)
  16. Jesus Just Left Chicago (c)
  17. Heard It on the X (d)
  18. I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide (f)
  19. Dust My Broom (f)
  20. Velcro Fly (Single Version – Warner Bros. 28650, 1985) (i)
  21. Party on the Patio (g)

Disc 2

  1. Viva Las Vegas (Single Version – Warner Bros. 18979, 1992) (k)
  2. Pincushion (l)
  3. Legs (Single Version – Warner Bros. 29272, 1984) (h)
  4. Got Me Under Pressure (h)
  5. Sleeping Bag (i)
  6. Rough Boy (Single Version – Warner Bros. 28773, 1986) (i)
  7. Doubleback (j)
  8. My Head’s in Mississippi (j)
  9. Give It Up (j)
  10. Just Got Back from Baby’s (a)
  11. Blue Jean Blues (f)
  12. She’s Just Killing Me (m)
  13. What’s Up with That? (m)
  14. Rhythmeen (m)
  15. Loaded (m)
  16. Fearless Boogie (n)
  17. Mescalero (o)
  18. Que Lastima (o)
  19. As Time Goes By (o)

1CD version: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

  1. Gimme All Your Lovin’ (Single Version) (h)
  2. Sharp Dressed Man (Single Version) (h)
  3. La Grange
  4. Tush
  5. Doubleback (j)
  6. I Thank You (Single Version) (f)
  7. Cheap Sunglasses (Single Version) (f)
  8. Legs (Single Version) (h)
  9. Tube Snake Boogie (g)
  10. Waitin’ for the Bus (c)
  11. Jesus Just Left Chicago (c)
  12. I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide (f)
  13. Pincushion (l)
  14. Got Me Under Pressure (h)
  15. Rough Boy (Single Version) (i)
  16. Velcro Fly (Single Version) (i)
  17. Rhythmeen (m)
  18. What’s Up with That? (m)
  19. Mescalero (o)
  20. Viva Las Vegas (Single Version) (k)

(a) from ZZ Top’s First Album (London, 1971)
(b) from Rio Grande Mud (London, 1972)
(c) from Tres Hombres (London, 1973)
(d) from Fandango! (London, 1975)
(e) from Tejas (London, 1976)
(f) from Degüello (Warner Bros., 1979)
(g) from El Loco (Warner Bros., 1981)
(h) from Eliminator (Warner Bros., 1983)
(i) from Afterburner (Warner Bros., 1985)
(j) from Recycler (Warner Bros., 1990)
(k) from Greatest Hits (Warner Bros., 1992)
(l) from Antenna (RCA, 1993)
(m) from Rhythmeen (RCA, 1996)
(n) from XXX (RCA, 1999)
(o) from Mescalero (RCA, 2003)

Written by Mike Duquette

June 9, 2014 at 10:16

Posted in Compilations, News, ZZ Top

5 Responses

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  1. It’s nice to see them include all the single versions on the single disc. I will definitely pick that up. Does anyone know how many of their songs had dedicated single mixes?

    Jason Michael

    June 9, 2014 at 16:33

  2. I have Rancho Texicano. Later on I also bought the Chrome Smoke & BBQ set. I think I really need to pick up that box set though.


    June 9, 2014 at 18:12

  3. it would have been better to include a track from “La Futura” while they were at it, like “I Gosta Get Paid”, bring it up to date…but I recently had a copy of “Chrome Smoke BBQ”, which I found used, but it was missing the flipbook, so I just sold it…


    June 9, 2014 at 19:17

  4. I’m fairly new to this forum but didn’t Billy Gibbons remix the early Top LP’s to sound “fit in” with the digital age, thus giving them a tin-can fidelity? Then after a backlash they were returned to a more natural (i.e. less dated) sound? Seems I heard that once upon a time.


    June 10, 2014 at 12:23

    • You remember correctly, as was alluded to in the info above “Tracks from all of the group’s London/Warner Bros. albums (compiled last year in a great box set that featured all of them in their original mixes on CD, several for the first time)”. Last year’s box is the only way to get all the original mixes on CD.

      Jason Michael

      June 10, 2014 at 20:28

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