Live: Greatest Hits from Around the World

Live: Greatest Hits from Around the World

by ZZ TopZZ Top


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Assembled from various shows from various tours from around the world, 2016's Live: Greatest Hits from Around the World is billed as ZZ Top's first "full-length live album" -- a matter of dispute considering how Eagle Rock released three CD/DVD/Blu-ray combo sets between 2008 and 2014. There is no visual component to Live: Greatest Hits from Around the World, which may be how it skates around the first live album distinction -- if there's no video, this is a pure album -- but the record mines a similar musical vein, collecting highlights from latter-day ZZ Top tours. During the 2000s and 2010s, ZZ Top released an excellent studio album called La Futura, but that's ignored here in favor for all the songs that are classic rock staples. Older, the Lil' Ol' Band from Texas sounds thicker and heavier -- and Billy Gibbons' growl is so gruff it seems tattered -- but that helps distinguish these versions from the spit and polish of the studio versions; not better, per se, but certainly the work of a band whose members happily settle into their advanced years, not wishing to change a thing about how they do things. Nevertheless, the undeniable highlights are the two tracks featuring cameos from Jeff Beck: he contributes lyrical solos to "Rough Boy" and helps with the heavy-footed boogie of "Sixteen Tons," pushing the trio just far enough out of its comfort zone to provide some crackle.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/09/2016
Label: Suretone Records
UPC: 0190296992230
catalogNumber: 69922
Rank: 156889

Album Credits

Performance Credits

ZZ Top   Primary Artist
James Harman   Harmonica
Jeff Beck   Guitar
Frank Beard   Drums,Group Member
Billy Gibbons   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Dusty Hill   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

ZZ Top   Producer
Billy Gibbons   Executive Producer
Carl Stubner   Executive Producer
Gary L. Moon   Engineer
Blain Clausen   Executive Producer,Back Cover Photo
Meats Meier   Cover Image
Jake Mann   Engineer
Juan Pablo Gamboa   Executive Producer
Andrew Stuart   Band Photo
Brendan W. Cosgrove   Layout

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