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Fandango! [Bonus Tracks]

Fandango! [Bonus Tracks]

by ZZ TopZZ Top

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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Blessed with their first full-fledged hit album, ZZ Top followed it up with Fandango!, a record split between a side of live tracks and a side of new studio cuts. In a way, this might have made sense, since they were a kick-ass live band, and they do sound good here, but it's hard not to see this as a bit of a wasted opportunity in retrospect. Why? Because the studio side is a worthy successor to the all-fine Tres Hombres, driven by "Tush" and "Heard It on the X," two of their greatest songs that build on that album by consolidating their sound and amplifying their humor. If they had sustained this energy and quality throughout a full studio album, it would have been their greatest, but instead the mood is broken by the live cuts. Now, these are really good live cuts -- and "Backdoor Medley" and "Jailhouse Rock" were fine interpretations, making familiar songs sound utterly comfortable in their signature sound -- and Fandango! remains one of their better albums, but it's hard not to think that it could have been even better. [The 2006 reissue of the album adds three live tracks: "Jailhouse Rock," "Tush," and "Heard It on the X."]

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/28/2006
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227896522
catalogNumber: 78965
Rank: 3178


  1. Thunderbird
  2. Jailhouse Rock
  3. Backdoor Medley: Backdoor Love Affair/Mellow Down Easy/Backdoor ...
  4. Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings
  5. Blue Jean Blues
  6. Balinese
  7. Mexican Blackbird
  8. Heard It on the X
  9. Tush
  10. Heard It on the X
  11. Jailhouse Rock
  12. Tush

Album Credits

Performance Credits

ZZ Top   Primary Artist
Frank Beard   Drums
Billy Gibbons   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Dusty Hill   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Jerry Leiber   Composer
Terry Manning   Engineer
Greg Allen   Art Direction
Frank Beard   Composer
Billy Gibbons   Composer
Bill Ham   Producer,Concept
Dusty Hill   Composer
Bob Ludwig   Engineer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Robin Brian   Engineer
Tom Vickers   Liner Notes
John Dekalb   Cover Photo
Sherman Marshall   Composer
Philip T. Pugh   Composer
Terry Kane   Engineer
Jim Reeves   Engineer
William Hill   Composer
Joe M. Hill   Composer

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