ZZ Top / The Studio Albums 1970 –1990 box set with original mixes

ZZ Top / The Studio Albums 1970-1990 box set with original mixes

Rhino will release a 10CD ZZ Top box set on 10th June 2013.

The Studio Albums 1970-1990 comes in the familiar Rhino clamshell box packaging (see The Eagles and Chicago) and each album will come in vinyl replica card wallets, with Tres Hombres and Tejas replicating the original gatefolds.

Most importantly, this set presents, for the first time on CD, the original mixes for ZZ Top’s First AlbumRio Grande Mud and Tejas. Tres Hombres and Fandango will also use the original mixes, although expanded versions of those albums that used those mixes were issued back in 2006.

This set is looking like a no-brainer for fans, especially since it will be priced competitively.

Track Listing:


1 (Somebody Else Been) Shaking Your Tree 2 Brown Sugar 3 Squank 4 Goin’ Down To Mexico 5 Old Man 6 Neighbor, Neighbor 7 Certified Blues 8 Bedroom Thang 9 Just Got Back From Baby’s 10 Backdoor Love Affair


1 Francine 2 Just Got Paid 3 Mushmouth Shoutin’ 4 Ko Ko Blue 5 Chevrolet 6 Apologies To Pearly 7 Bar-B-Q 8 Sure Got Cold After The Rain Fell 9 Whiskey’n Mama 10 Down Brownie


1 Waitin’ For The Bus 2 Jesus Just Left Chicago 3 Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers 4 Master Of Sparks 5 Hot, Blue And Righteous 6 Move Me On Down The Line 7 Precious And Grace 8 La Grange 9 Shiek 10 Have You Heard?


1 Thunderbird 2 Jailhouse Rock 3 Backdoor Medley: Backdoor Love Affair/Mellow Down Easy/Backdoor Love Affair No. 2/Long Distance Boogie 4 Nasty Dogs And Funky Kings 5 Blue Jean Blues 6 Balinese 7 Mexican Blackbird 8 Heard It On The X 9 Tush


1 It’s Only Love 2 Arrested For Driving While Blind 3 El Diablo 4 Snappy Kakkie 5 Enjoy And Get It On 6 Ten Dollar Man 7 Pan Am Highway Blues 8 Avalon Hideaway 9 She’s A Heartbreaker 10 Asleep In The Desert


1 I Thank You 2 She Loves My Automobile 3 I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide 4 A Fool For Your Stockings 5 Manic Mechanic 6 Dust My Broom 7 Lowdown On The Street 8 Hi Fi Mama 9 Cheap Sunglasses 10 Esther Be The One


1 Tube Snake Boogie 2 I Wanna Drive You Home 3 Ten Foot Pole 4 Leila 5 Don’t Tease Me 6 It’s So Hard 7 Pearl Necklace 8 Groovy Little Hippie Pad 9 Heaven, Hell Or Houston 10 Party On The Patio


1 Gimme All Your Lovin 2 Got Me Under Pressure 3 Sharp Dressed Man 4 I Need You Tonight 5 I Got The Six 6 Legs 7 Thug 8 TV Dinners 9 Dirty Dog 10 If I Could Only Flag Her Down 11 Bad Girl


1 Sleeping Bag 2 Stages 3 Woke Up With Wood 4 Rough Boy 5 Can’t Stop Rockin’ 6 Planet Of Women 7 I Got The Message 8 Velcro Fly 9 Dipping Low (In The Lap Of Luxury) 10 Delirious


1 Concrete And Steel 2 Lovething 3 Penthouse Eyes 4 Tell It 5 My Head’s In Mississippi 6 Decision Or Collision 7 Give It Up 8 2000 Blues 9 Burger Man 10 Doubleback

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Monte Conner

I bought this and so far played only the “Tejas” CD as I was excited to hear the original mix restored. I am sad to say the mastering on “Tejas” is muddy and very dark, as well as inconsistent (“El Diablo” has gobs more low end than the rest). These sound horrible compared to the stellar versions on the “Chrome, Smoke…” box set. Thankfully more than half of ‘Tejas” is on that box set.

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Yeah, and according to another review, this isn’t even remastered – which means you don’t only lose the bonus tracks from the Tres Hombres, Fandango! and Eliminator re-releases, but also the remasters from thoses re-releases. “Original mixes”, huh? And you need to buy this box to get “First Album”, “Rio Grande Mud” and “Tejas” in their un-remixed sound? Why don’t the y release them seperately and replace the remixed ones with these!


Well, apparently it is remastered.


Argh, just seen this on an amazon review for the set…is this just a bad/defective copy, or is it nationwide (I’ll get my coat..):

“The complete first CD has incorrect channel orientation (swapped channels), and so does the first half of “Tejas”. Not sure how that slipped through quality control.”

Say it isn’t so!


Ooohh, it’s down to 22 squids now. Even more tempting!

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The Amazon UK link isn’t quite right and takes you to the wrong page. I got the correct page going through a search tool called find-cd.co.uk and this takes you to the amazon pre-order page where the box set is priced at £24. HTH…

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Pre order price on amazon is £24.

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Yes, a definite must have. I don’t know what’s wrong with Amazon UK’s listings these days. Not only do theys till not have the Bowie 10 x CD box listed (two days before release at time of writing) just MPS copies of the first issue at high prcies, but they have not even got the release dat for ZZ Top set listed on the link and have only a couple of incorrect MPS offers for some old 80s issue on the listing page! As with the Bowie box, Sainsburys have it on pre-order offer @£25 with a 10th June release. That’s my copy sorted. datehttp://www.sainsburysentertainment.co.uk/en/Music/CD/ZZ-Top/The-Studio-Albums-1970-1990-10-CD-Box/product.html?product=E11236044


This is a must have box set.


Oh my days, would you look at that! ME WANT.

I’ve got the old Six Pack boxset, and the others individually, but this is too good to ignore with the original mixes now featured (assuming that turns out to be true!).


I am definitely picking up this set!