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Rancho Texicano: The Very Best of ZZ Top

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Since Rhino released an exhaustive four-disc ZZ Top box in October 2003, some may question the appearance of a double-disc retrospective in June 2004, a mere eight months after the box set. The two may be released awfully close to each other, but they do play to different audiences -- in other words, there are a bunch of fans who want all the hits, but not a full box set, and that's what the 38-track Rancho Texicano: The Very Best of ZZ Top delivers. Not that it gets everything right -- there are a few classic album cuts, like "Leila" and "I Got the Six," that probably should have been included, and ending the set with a live version of "Cheap Sunglasses" and 12" remixes of "Legs" and "Velcro Fly" leaves a bad aftertaste -- but it gets it close enough, containing all of their biggest hits and a great cross-section of album tracks and AOR favorites. And apart from the aforementioned bewildering final three tracks, it's sequenced well, with the down-n-dirty '70s material on the first disc, and the MTV hits from the '80s on the second. There's still a need for a single-disc that has all the biggest hits, but until that comes along, Rancho Texicano is the best and most concise overview of that lil' ol' band from Texas.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Brown Sugar
00:05:22

ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer - Billy Gibbons, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Dusty Hill, Bass Guitar, Vocals - Frank Beard, Drums - Rube Beard, Drums

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1970 Warner Records Inc.

2
Goin' Down to Mexico
00:03:20

ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer, Writer - Billy Gibbons, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Dusty Hill, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Frank Beard, Drums - Rube Beard, Drums, Percussion

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1970 Warner Records Inc.

3
Just Got Back from Baby's
00:04:09

ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer, Writer - Billy Gibbons, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Dusty Hill, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals - Rube Beard, Drums, Percussion

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1970 Warner Records Inc.

4
Francene
00:03:33

ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer - Billy Gibbons, Slide Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica - Dusty Hill, Bass Guitar, Vocals - Frank Beard, Drums - Robin Brian, Engineer - Pete Tickle, Guitar - Kenny Corday, Writer - Steve Perron, Writer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1972 Warner Records Inc.

5
Just Got Paid
00:04:27

ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Composer, Producer, Writer - Billy Gibbons, Composer, Slide Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Lead Guitar, Harmonica - Dusty Hill, Bass Guitar, Vocals - Frank Beard, Drums - Chris Bellman, MasteringEngineer - Robin Brian, Engineer - Pete Tickle, Guitar

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1972 Warner Records Inc.

6
Bar-B-Q
00:03:26

ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer, Writer - Billy Gibbons, Slide Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica - Dusty Hill, Bass Guitar, Vocals - Frank Beard, Drums - Robin Brian, Engineer - Pete Tickle, Guitar

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1972 Warner Records Inc.

7
La Grange (1999 Remaster)
00:03:53

Terry Manning, Engineer - Frank Lee Beard, Composer - ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer - Billy Gibbons, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Dusty Hill, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Frank Beard, Drums, Percussion, Writer - Robin Brian, Engineer - Joe Michael Hill, Composer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1973 Warner Records Inc.

8
Waitin' for the Bus
00:02:53

Terry Manning, Engineer - ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer - Billy Gibbons, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Dusty Hill, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Frank Beard, Drums - Robin Brian, Engineer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1973 Warner Records Inc.

9
Jesus Just Left Chicago
00:03:30

Terry Manning, Engineer - ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer - Billy Gibbons, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Dusty Hill, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Frank Beard, Drums, Writer - Robin Brian, Engineer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1973 Warner Records Inc.

10
Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers
00:03:23

Terry Manning, Engineer - ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer - Billy Gibbons, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Dusty Hill, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Frank Beard, Drums, Percussion, Writer - Robin Brian, Engineer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1973 Warner Records Inc.

11
Mexican Blackbird
00:03:06

Terry Manning, Engineer - ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer - Billy Gibbons, Slide Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica - Dusty Hill, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Frank Beard, Drums, Writer - Bob Ludwig, Engineer - Robin Brian, Engineer - Jim Reeves, Engineer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1975 Warner Records Inc.

12
Tush
00:02:17

Terry Manning, Engineer - Frank Lee Beard, Composer - ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer - Billy Gibbons, Composer, Slide Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica - Dusty Hill, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Frank Beard, Drums, Writer - Bob Ludwig, Engineer - Robin Brian, Engineer - Jim Reeves, Engineer - Joe Michael Hill, Composer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1975 Warner Records Inc.

13
Thunderbird
00:03:04

Terry Manning, Engineer - Frank Lee Beard, Composer - ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer - Billy Gibbons, Composer, Slide Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica - Dusty Hill, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Frank Beard, Drums, Writer - Bob Ludwig, Engineer - Robin Brian, Engineer - Jim Reeves, Engineer - Joe Michael Hill, Composer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1975 Warner Records Inc.

14
Blue Jean Blues
00:04:39

Terry Manning, Engineer - Frank Lee Beard, Composer - ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer - Billy Gibbons, Composer, Slide Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica - Dusty Hill, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Frank Beard, Drums, Writer - Bob Ludwig, Engineer - Robin Brian, Engineer - Jim Reeves, Engineer - Joe Michael Hill, Composer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1975 Warner Records Inc.

15
Heard It on the X
00:02:25

Terry Manning, Engineer - Frank Lee Beard, Composer - ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer - Billy Gibbons, Composer, Slide Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica - Dusty Hill, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Frank Beard, Drums, Writer - Bob Ludwig, Engineer - Robin Brian, Engineer - Jim Reeves, Engineer - Joe Michael Hill, Composer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1975 Warner Records Inc.

16
It's Only Love
00:04:23

Terry Manning, Engineer - Larry Nix, Engineer - ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer - Billy Gibbons, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, Fiddle - Dusty Hill, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Frank Beard, Drums, Writer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1976 Warner Records Inc.

17
Arrested for Driving While Blind
00:03:06

Terry Manning, Engineer - Larry Nix, Engineer - ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer - Billy Gibbons, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, Fiddle - Dusty Hill, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Frank Beard, Drums, Writer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1976 Warner Records Inc.

18
I Thank You (2003 Remaster)
00:03:24

Terry Manning, Engineer - ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer - Billy Gibbons, Guitar, Vocals, Baritone Saxophone - Dusty Hill, Bass Guitar, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals - Frank Beard, Drums, Percussion, Alto Saxophone - Bob Ludwig, Engineer - Isaac Hayes, Writer - David Porter, Writer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1979 Warner Records Inc.

19
Cheap Sunglasses (2003 Remaster)
00:04:47

Terry Manning, Engineer - ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer - Billy Gibbons, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Baritone Saxophone - Dusty Hill, Bass Guitar, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Writer - Frank Beard, Drums, Percussion, Alto Saxophone, Writer - Bob Ludwig, Engineer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1979 Warner Records Inc.

20
I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide (2003 Remaster)
00:04:47

Terry Manning, Engineer - Frank Lee Beard, Composer - ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer - Billy Gibbons, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Baritone Saxophone - Dusty Hill, Bass Guitar, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Writer - Frank Beard, Drums, Percussion, Alto Saxophone, Writer - Bob Ludwig, Remastering Engineer - Joe Michael Hill, Composer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1979 Warner Records Inc.

21
A Fool for Your Stockings (2003 Remaster)
00:04:15

Terry Manning, Engineer - ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer - Billy Gibbons, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Baritone Saxophone - Dusty Hill, Bass Guitar, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Writer - Frank Beard, Drums, Percussion, Alto Saxophone, Writer - Bob Ludwig, Engineer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1979 Warner Records Inc.

22
Tube Snake Boogie (2003 Remaster)
00:03:03

Terry Manning, Engineer - Frank Lee Beard, Composer - ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer - Billy Gibbons, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Dusty Hill, Vocals, Writer, Bass - Frank Beard, Drums, Writer - Bob Ludwig, Engineer - Joe Michael Hill, Composer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1981 Warner Records Inc.

23
Pearl Necklace (2003 Remaster)
00:04:06

Terry Manning, Engineer - ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer - Billy Gibbons, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Dusty Hill, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Frank Beard, Drums, Writer - Bob Ludwig, Remastering Engineer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1981 Warner Records Inc.

24
Gimme All Your Lovin' (2003 Remaster)
00:03:58

Terry Manning, Engineer - ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer - Billy Gibbons, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Dusty Hill, Vocals, Writer, Bass - Frank Beard, Drums, Writer - Bob Ludwig, Engineer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1983 Warner Records Inc.

25
Sharp Dressed Man (2003 Remaster)
00:04:13

Terry Manning, Engineer - ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer - Billy Gibbons, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Dusty Hill, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Frank Beard, Drums, Writer - Bob Ludwig, Remastering Engineer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1983 Warner Records Inc.

26
Legs (2003 Remaster)
00:04:35

Terry Manning, Engineer - Frank Lee Beard, Composer - ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer - Billy Gibbons, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Dusty Hill, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Frank Beard, Drums, Writer - Bob Ludwig, Remastering Engineer - Joe Michael Hill, Composer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1983 Warner Records Inc.

27
Got Me Under Pressure (2003 Remaster)
00:03:58

Terry Manning, Engineer - ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer - Billy Gibbons, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Dusty Hill, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Frank Beard, Drums, Writer - Bob Ludwig, Remastering Engineer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1983 Warner Records Inc.

28
Sleeping Bag (2003 Remaster)
00:04:02

Joe Hardy, Engineer - ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer - Billy Gibbons, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Dusty Hill, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, Bass - Frank Beard, Drums, Writer - Bob Ludwig, Remastering Engineer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1985 Warner Records Inc.

29
Stages (2003 Remaster)
00:03:32

Joe Hardy, Engineer - ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer - Billy Gibbons, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Dusty Hill, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Frank Beard, Drums, Writer - Bob Ludwig, Engineer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1985 Warner Records Inc.

30
Rough Boy (2003 Remaster)
00:04:51

Joe Hardy, Engineer - ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer - Billy Gibbons, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - Dusty Hill, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Frank Beard, Drums, Writer - Bob Ludwig, Remastering Engineer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1985 Warner Records Inc.

31
Velcro Fly (2003 Remaster)
00:03:29

Joe Hardy, Engineer - ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer - Billy Gibbons, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Dusty Hill, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Frank Beard, Drums, Writer - Bob Ludwig, Engineer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1985 Warner Records Inc.

32
Woke up with Wood (2003 Remaster)
00:03:46

Joe Hardy, Engineer - ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer - Billy Gibbons, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Dusty Hill, Vocals, Writer, Bass - Frank Beard, Drums, Writer - Bob Ludwig, Engineer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1985 Warner Records Inc.

33
Doubleback (2003 Remaster)
00:03:57

Terry Manning, Engineer - ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer - Billy Gibbons, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Dusty Hill, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Frank Beard, Drums, Percussion, Writer - Bob Ludwig, Remastering Engineer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1990 Warner Records Inc. for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the U.S.

34
My Head's in Mississippi (2003 Remaster)
00:04:19

Terry Manning, Engineer - ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer - Billy Gibbons, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Dusty Hill, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Frank Beard, Drums, Percussion, Writer - Bob Ludwig, Remastering Engineer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1990 Warner Records Inc.

35
Viva Las Vegas (2003 Remaster)
00:04:44

Joe Hardy, Engineer - ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer - Billy Gibbons, Guitar, Vocals - Dusty Hill, Vocals, Bass - Frank Beard, Drums - Bob Ludwig, Remastering Engineer - Doc Pomus, Writer - Mort Shuman, Writer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1992 Warner Records Inc.

36
Cheap Sunglasses (Live; 2003 Remaster)
00:05:15

Terry Manning, Engineer - ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer - Billy Gibbons, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Baritone Saxophone - Dusty Hill, Bass Guitar, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Writer - Frank Beard, Drums, Percussion, Alto Saxophone, Writer - Bob Ludwig, Engineer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1980 Warner Records Inc.

37
Legs (Dance Mix; 2003 Remaster)
00:07:51

Terry Manning, Engineer - Frank Lee Beard, Composer - ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer - Billy Gibbons, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Dusty Hill, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Frank Beard, Drums, Writer - Bob Ludwig, Remastering Engineer - Joe Michael Hill, Composer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1984 Warner Records Inc.

38
Velcro Fly (Remix; 2003 Remaster)
00:06:38

Joe Hardy, Engineer - ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer - Billy Gibbons, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Dusty Hill, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Frank Beard, Drums, Writer - Bob Ludwig, Remastering Engineer

© 2004 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1986 Warner Records Inc.

Album Description

Since Rhino released an exhaustive four-disc ZZ Top box in October 2003, some may question the appearance of a double-disc retrospective in June 2004, a mere eight months after the box set. The two may be released awfully close to each other, but they do play to different audiences -- in other words, there are a bunch of fans who want all the hits, but not a full box set, and that's what the 38-track Rancho Texicano: The Very Best of ZZ Top delivers. Not that it gets everything right -- there are a few classic album cuts, like "Leila" and "I Got the Six," that probably should have been included, and ending the set with a live version of "Cheap Sunglasses" and 12" remixes of "Legs" and "Velcro Fly" leaves a bad aftertaste -- but it gets it close enough, containing all of their biggest hits and a great cross-section of album tracks and AOR favorites. And apart from the aforementioned bewildering final three tracks, it's sequenced well, with the down-n-dirty '70s material on the first disc, and the MTV hits from the '80s on the second. There's still a need for a single-disc that has all the biggest hits, but until that comes along, Rancho Texicano is the best and most concise overview of that lil' ol' band from Texas.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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