ZZ Top Releasing Vinyl Box Set of Early Albums

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

ZZ Top’s first five albums, released between 1971 and 1976, will be released as the vinyl box set Cinco in July (June 9 in the U.S.).

Cinco begins with the debut album from 1971. The album stiffed worldwide, achieving its least worst result in the USA with a peak at no. 201.

The second album, Rio Grande Mud, didn’t do much better. It got to no. 104 in the USA but Australia also joined on (probably because there was a song on the album called Bar-B-Q and gave the band their first Top 100 figure peaking at number 90.

The third album, Tres Hombres, is where the ZZ Top success started to really kick in, with thanks to the hit song La Grange. The album reached number 8 in the USA and number 36 in Australia.

Fandango in 1975 delivered another ZZ Top classic in Tush. It peaked at 10 in the USA and 61 in Australia.

The fifth and final album in the box is Tejas which reached number 17 in the USA, number 72 in Australia and 21 in Sweden.

The track list:

ZZ Top's First Album
  • Side One
    • (Someone Else Been) Shaking Your Tree
    • Brown Sugar
    • Squank
    • Goin’ Down To Mexico
    • Old Man
  • Side Two
    • Neighbor, Neighbor
    • Certified Blues
    • Bedroom Thang
    • Just Got Back From Baby’s
    • Backdoor Love Affair

Rio Grande Mud
  • Side One
    • Francine
    • Just Got Paid
    • Mushmouth Shoutin’
    • Ko Ko Blue
    • Chevrolet
  • Side Two
    • Apologies To Pearly
    • Bar-B-Q
    • Sure Got Cold After The Rain Fell
    • Whiskey’n Mama
    • Down Brownie

Tres Hombres
  • Side One
    • Waitin’ For The Bus
    • Jesus Just Left Chicago
    • Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers
    • Master of Sparks
    • Hot, Blue And Righteous
  • Side Two
    • Move Me On Down The Line
    • Precious And Grace
    • La Grange
    • Shiek
    • Have You Heard?

  • Side One
    • Thunderbird
    • Jailhouse Rock
    • Backdoor Medley
    • Backdoor Love Affair
    • Mellow Down Easy
    • Backdoor Love Affair No. 2
    • Long Distance Boogie
  • Side Two
    • Nasty Dogs And Funky Kings
    • Blue Jean Blues
    • Balinese
    • Mexican Blackbird
    • Heard It On The X
    • Tush

  • Side One
    • It’s Only Love
    • Arrested For Driving While Blind
    • El Diablo
    • Snappy Kakkie
    • Enjoy And Get It On
  • Side Two
    • Ten Dollar Man
    • Pan Am Highway Blues
    • Avalon Hideaway
    • She’s A Heartbreaker
    • Asleep In The Desert

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