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Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Fandango! is the early Top classic. It's all killer, no filler, even if half of it is live. Any record with "Tush" and "Heard It on the X" deserves its classic rock status. Tres Hombres doesn't quite match its rep: "Jesus ... more »
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Fandango! is the early Top classic. It's all killer, no filler, even if half of it is live. Any record with "Tush" and "Heard It on the X" deserves its classic rock status. Tres Hombres doesn't quite match its rep: "Jesus Just Left Chicago" is back porch blues made for the arena, "La Grange" kicks open the door of the whorehouse, and "Waitin' for the Bus" is the best James Gang impression by a band actually from Texas. But the rest doesn't have Fandango!'s nerve or El Loco's sophomoric wit, which is what every band needs when the gimmick starts to run dry. --Robert Wilonsky
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This release is a crime...!!!
Jazz | North Bay, Ontario | 11/10/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"...charges should be laid against those responsible for talking a fantastic album of this calibre and "neutering" it to the point of making it into a "new and improved"??? better sounding album for the musically deprived!I owned this on 8-track tape 25 years ago, and trust me, this is not the same album! I just purchased this cd and the first thing I noticed was the hollow, "tecno-pop" type sound of the drums on the entire album. I have proof that new tracks were laid down for the song "La Grange" because on ZZ Top's 2nd Greatest Hits compilation, it includes the new "remastered" version, and its different than the version from the 1st Greatest Hits album.Well it appears to me that someone in their infinite wisdom said "hey, lets clean up the whole album"? Also, throughout the entire cd, you can hear blatant changes to the songs right down to the vocals which again were re-done in most instances. A perfect example of this comes from the opening of "Jesus Just Left Chicago". In the original version, Gibbons does not over-emphasize "Chicaaaaagggooo" in the 1st verse as he does here.Add to this the softening of many of the original guitar licks and chords. In the "Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers" tune, it's bad enough that we have to contend with "tin pan- electro synth" type drum sounds, but the edge has been taken off of Gibbons
wailing guitar. Proof of this exists if you own the 1st Greatest Hits album and listen to the version included here compared with the new cd version. I dare you to put the two of them on and play each song that is included here with the new and improved "La Grange"cd. It doesn't take a genious to hear the difference, and the drastic changes made to this once classic and superb sounding album is a crying shame. Ohhhh if only I had kept my 8-track tapes.
As a previous reviewer states, find this one on vinyl if you can."
Utter Travesty: Horrible remaster of a classic album
Stephanie Sandlin | Spokane, Wa | 01/29/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Let me start of saying I think this one of ZZ's real breakthrough albums. Its a great listen from stem to stern. Billy Gibbon's guitar seems to hit the right note at always the right time. The band just has this swagger. You can tell they are at thier zenith enjoying what they are doing. I have the original vinyl LP's of the 1st 3 albums. The sound on these releases is great. Its what made them recognizible worldwide before Eliminator. I don't know why in the 1990's it was decided by the band to try to "update" the sound of these early albums. They really made a bad call on this. Tampering with the sound electronically, has made them sound like they are playing in some cheap bar with a bad sound system. Its a shame for newer fans to hear what was once a beautifully raw, 3 piece blues/rock recording now to a overly echoy electroniclly altered sound. This just simply isn't what ZZ top was in the 1970's. If you love ZZ's early stuff as I do. Let the band know at ZZtop.com that you want at the original masters made avaible again in some form to us. At the moment the only place I know of to get the original mixes on CD of some of the songs is the first greatist hits package that was all their 1970's material. Until they reissue the original mastering, I'll just have to listen to my Vinyl LP's I had professional converted to CD so I can listen to ZZ before they unwisely altered these recordings."
The remix kills it
Guitar face | Atlanta, GA | 06/24/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I LOATHE the remixed sound of this album. Here in Dallas, we have two stations that play this song. One plays the original version and when this new station came on, I heard what sounded like a studio modeled piece of crap from the 80's. Not until tonight when I read these reviews did I realize they did exactly that. Remixed it in the 80's... for heaven knows what reason.
Get the original version in a secondhand store, for this one truly sucks.... It stinks that you can't get their arguably best album in it's original form. I'm really bummed out now.
DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY UNTIL ZZ TOP REALIZE WHAT A MISTAKE THEY MADE BY DOING THIS AND FIX THE PROBLEM!!!"