‘ZZ Top: Live in Germany’ CD Review

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on August 7, 2011

ZZ Top: Live in Germany
CD ($13.98)

The audio portion of an in-concert 1980 taping for German television, this stomping 16-song romp captures the “little ol’ band from Texas” at a transitional moment. As they pound out the sweaty, beer-soaked boogie of “Tush,” “Cheap Sunglassses,” “Jesus Just Left Chicago” and their other early signature tunes (plus a couple of well-chosen cover tunes from Elvis Presley and roots-bluesman Elmore James), it sets the stage for the trio’s soon-to-come breakthrough videos that would make them the shaggy-dog darlings of MTV.

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