ZZ Top ‎– First Album - 1971 Texan Blues Rock - 180 Grm LP

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ZZ Top ‎– ZZ Top's First Album

Warner Bros. Records ‎– R1 3268
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180 Gram
24 Oct 2017
Released: 1980
Genre: Rock, Blues
Style: Blues Rock, Classic Rock Southern

Credits: Artwork By [Album Design] - Billm Narum
Bass, Vocals - Dusty Hill
Drums - Frank Beard
Guitar, Vocals - Billy Gibbons
Photography - Frank Jaubert
Producer - Bill Ham
Notes: Frank Beard is credited as Rube Beard.



A1 (Somebody Else Been) Shaking Your Tree (2:32)
A2 Brown Sugar (5:22)
A3 Squank (2:46)
A4 Goin' Down To Mexico (3:26)
A5 Old Man (3:23)

B1 Neighbor, Neighbor (2:18)
B2 Certified Blues (3:25)
B3 Bedroom Thang (4:37)
B4 Just Got Back From Baby's (4:07)
B5 Backdoor Love Affair (3:20)



1. (Somebody Else Been) Shaking Your Tree
Great start to a great album. Gibbons sounds great on the guitar. This really is one of the better lead-off songs I've heard, aside from Van Halen's "1984" and ZZ Top's own "Gimme All Your Lovin'"

2. Brown Sugar
Enough said, this was really one of ZZ Top's greatest blues songs. Sure, "Rough Boy" was great, but this song was just the kind of "raw" sound that really fueled this song.

3. Squank
Great song, but the lyrics are pretty weird. The guitar work combined with the drums went together great. This wasn't the song that blew my mind, but it was still fairly good.

4. Goin' Down to Mexico
Great song. Period. Sort of like ZZ Top's first rock song, it was still powered by blues, but at heart I believe that it was really a rock song. Not only that, the vocals go great together with the instruments.
5. Old Man

Great Blues song. After the rockin' song before it, this really brings you back to the blues. This is another great song because like "Squank", the lyrics are a little bizarre.

Side B

6. Neighbor, Neighbor
What else can I say but: this tried to be a rock song, but failed. It does have a great guitar-drum combo.

7. Certified Blues
Certified what? Are you kiddin'? Certified is like "Brown Sugar" or "Backdoor Love Affair". Clever vocals, though.

8. Bedroom Thang
What a relief!!! After the previous two songs, I was ready to turn it off and only tolerate the first five, but this changed my opinion. Really a great song the way it all falls together.

9. Just Got Back From Baby's
After this song, I think it's safe to say that ZZ Top redeemed itself. This is what blues rock should be, just the perfect combo of awesome guitar and bluesy swing.

10. Backdoor Love Affair
Wow, what a great finish. This was probably the least regarded song on the whole album, not showing up on Chrome, Smoke and BBQ. This was a blues song with just the right dose of rock to make it a fantastic finish.

More Information
Condition New
Format LP, 180 Gram
Label Warner Brothers Records
Color Black