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ZZ Top - Live in Germany 1980 - Used CD
ZZ Top - Live in Germany 1980 - Used CD
ZZ Top - Live in Germany 1980 - Used CD
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ZZ Top - Live in Germany 1980 - Used CD

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 While the bands were likely rewarded with buckets of money, the 1970s were a long decade for many of the hard rockers who owned this era, most of them born in the late 1940s (this trio all born in 1949) so most still in their 20s through the 1970s, and by the time the 1980s rolled around and they'd all turned 30, many were spent and had had it for the most part.  They might not have been done, but their prime was clearly behind them.  Meanwhile, ZZ Top had taken a 3-year break in the second half of the 1970s.  Hill even got a job at the airport to "feel normal" and "ground himself" and then the trio came back with the Degüello LP in 1979.  But when this concert starts with their then-recent hit "Thank You" (a cover of the Memphis classic written by Isaac Hayes/David Porter for Sam & Dave), it's not the best opener or its disorientating to hear them live because it seems that they ain't going to deliver as hard as we'd come to expect and it had me wondering if maybe they needed Ham at the production helm to bring out the best in them.  Fortunately, by the second cut, they are blasting into it, getting it, and sinking their teeth deep into it, and they keep that grip for the duration, kicking it out and cutting to the quick, cramming a load of rock into the mostly short song format, making a truckload of rocking rumble from the trio born of thunder.  If you like the cleanly delivered riffs of their hits, you might want to stick with the studio recordings, but while this was not released until the 21st century, it serves as another bookend of their prime era in the 1970s. -- winch 


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