School started last week... And that means I was way too busy to participate last week. My Loss!!! :-( This week, things have slowed down just a bit and that makes me very happy because the "Theme" this week is the one I have been waiting on. Pick a Band, any Band, and create a "Best Of Playlist." Well, I'm from Texas, and that means...
As usual, our "Hostess with the Mostess" is Jen from My Skewed View... And her 'Right Hand Man (Girl)" (That would be Co-Host) is Kristi from Finding Ninee... This should be just flat out awesome this week, so I hope you will click on their Links and check out some AMAZING 'Best Of' Mix Tape's from ALL the other participants as well.
Back in 1969, three guys came together and formed a Band. They would call themselves ZZ Top. Billy, Dusty, and Frank. Billy and Frank were from the Houston area and Dusty was from Dallas. As I type this, they are on Tour, still intact, some 44 years later. No feuds, no controversy (to speak of)... just some really good, consistent, music through the years. Their 'signature,' if you will, aside from their music, are the beards on Billy and Dusty. In 1977, they took a break. When they came back from that extended break, Billy & Dusty had each grown chest length beards. Unbeknownst to each other, as the story goes. And Frank... well, his last name is Beard. Ha!!! They released their first album in 1971, and then a second in 1972.
In 1973, they released their 3rd album and it was that album, Tres Hombres, that would put them on the Rock Map. Their song from that album, La Grange, about a Brothel in that tee-tiny town in Texas, would be one of their biggest and best. We've heard it a ga-zillion times. So, it (maybe) did not make my list. But, when you think of ZZ Top, you think of La Grange and the line from it that Billy sings: "They got a lot of nice girls, ah." lol
In 2004, Keith Richards, from the Rolling Stones, introduced ZZ Top, as they were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. I hope you will enjoy these next few tunes with me. These are some of my favorites...
#1: I remember the very 1st time I heard the opening guitar on this tune. To this day, it is still one of my favorites. From Tres Hombres in 1973, Waitin' For The Bus. Enjoy... (source)
#3: The next three Tune's come from the 1975 Album release of Fandango. This one, a light hearted tune about a 'Senorita' that likes to get paid. Mexican Blackbird. Enjoy... (source)
#4: Next up: Heard it On The X. Enjoy... (source)
#5: Also from Fandango, a huge fave: Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings. Enjoy... (source)
#6: Next up: From the Deguello Album in 1979, A Fool For Your Stockings. Enjoy this Live Version... (source)
And finally, I'm going to jump to 2003. There were two releases in that year. One was a 4 Disk "Collection" of all their top tunes called Chrome Smoke & B-B-Q. If you are a ZZ Top fan, you have that "Book." I do... See Below:
|Complete with 4 CD's, a Small Book on Their History, & a Flip Book (Ha!!!)|
The second release that year, 2003, was one of my fave's!!! See #7...
#7: From the CD, Mescalero, my favorite tune of several good ones, What It Is Kid. Enjoy... (source)
OK... Up above, I said I would (maybe) not include La Grange on my list. Until I found this clip below. It is a 'snippet' of the tune with some commentary by Eric Clapton. I hope you will give it a listen... Bonus #8: (source)
And that would be my Best Of "That Little Ole Band From Texas." I so enjoyed putting this together. I truly hope you enjoyed it as well. Please head over to Jen's for Mix Tape #23 at My Skewed View... to catch the other "Best Of's" on the list.
Thanks for dropping by and I hope to see ya back on Happy Friday. Til Then...
Be safe, be smart, and always show your Smile.
adios... vaya con dios