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Album Review: ZZ Top Honored With Release Of New Tribute Album Featuring Unique Array Of Generation Spanning Artists
ZZ Top, often hailed as “That Little Ol’ Band from Texas” have a brand new tribute album out in their honor featuring all the old favorites with an interesting twist. The album, produced by the infamous trio of Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill & Frank Beard drops today and packs in 11 covers performed by an unlikely cast, to say the least. Artists from various time periods such as Coheed and Cambria, Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler, newly reunited Wolfmother and Duff McKagan‘s band Loaded are just a few of the names that came together to honor the trio with the creation of ZZ Top: A Tribute From Friends.
When the idea was in its infancy, the band was already excited to hear that so many great artists wanted to contribute as they said “We found out that a bunch of great artists were paying tribute to us and we were in disbelief.” Click here to check out a great rendition of the ZZ Top classic “Legs” as performed by Nickelback.
From start to finish, A Tribute From Friends never falls short of a anything but timeless as each rendition certainly has its own unique flare. The opening track “Sharp Dressed Man” (which is arguably one of the albums biggest highlights) sets a tone for the record and features a passionate performance from an all-star cast by the likes of Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler along with Fleetwood Mac‘s Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and if that’s not enough, guitar legend Jonny Lang makes an appearance on the track as well. “Got Me Under Pressure” as performed by Loaded is a headbanger from start to finish that packs in a huge punch with a classic late 80′s feel and serves as one of the most driven songs on the record. Another highlight worth noting is the mega-hit ”La Grange” performed by Jamey Johnson; a song originally about a bordello on the outskirts of La Grange, Texas that would become one of ZZ’s early trademark songs. It kicks off with that classic riff that we all know and love and then comes right in with Jamey’s vocals which suit the song perfectly. Adding to the feel of the song is the band behind him that plays with a passion as if they wrote the song yesterday. Check out an early live performance of “La Grange” from ZZ Top below.
After all was said and done, the band had this to say about the finished product and the feeling of having a tribute album in their name; “To a great extent, we’ve succeeded since we’re still having a good time (as a band) so that would be reward enough for “the same three guys playing the same three chords. Now comes A Tribute From Friends and we’re so delighted that our music resonates with these great musicians whom we so admire.”
Here is the full track listing and list of artists that appear on ZZ Top: A Tribute From Friends.
“Sharp Dressed Man” – The M.O.B. (Mick Fleetwood, Steven Tyler, Jonny Lang & John McVie)
“Gimme All Your Lovin’” – Filter
“Tush” – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
“Legs” – Nickelback
“Cheap Sunglasses” – Wolfmother
“Got Me Under Pressure” – Duff McKagan‘s Loaded
“Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers” – Coheed & Cambria
“Just Got Paid” – Mastodon
“Rough Boy” – Wyclef Jean
“Waitin’ for the Bus / Jesus Just Left Chicago” – Daughtry
“La Grange” – Jamey Johnson