ZZ Top announces new ‘Best Of’ collection

ZZ Top underscore their bad and nationwide bonafides with two new hits collections packed with many of the biggest songs that have made “that little ol’ band from Texas” among rock’s most legendary groups. Over the course of more than 40 years together, their recordings have sold more than 50 million units around the world.

Warner Bros. Records will release The Very Baddest of ZZ Top in both single disc and double disc versions as the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers kick off their summer tour, with dates in June across Europe before a run of U.S. dates with guitar legend Jeff Beck, starting in late July. Both collections will be available on July 22nd. The music will available digitally the same day.

“We’re glad that material originally issued by three different labels over the course of all these years will now be housed under one ‘roof,’ so to speak. It’s kind of a big, bad family reunion on some level,” notes Billy F Gibbons who, along with Dusty Hill and Frank Beard have maintained ZZ Top’s original line-up since the band’s founding at the end of 1969.

The single disc Very Baddest version delivers a concentrated dose of Lone Star State rock, boogie and blues and is loaded with 20 tracks that span three decades. All of the signature hits are here, from classics like “La Grange,” “Tush” and “Cheap Sunglasses” to MTV staples “Gimme All Your Lovin’” and “Sharp Dressed Man,” plus more recent tracks like “Rhythmeen” and “Mescalero.” Several “Single Versions” of these hits are included, which are currently unavailable on CD or digitally.

The two disc Very Baddest version doubles down on the band’s music with 40 tracks that form a more detailed snapshot of the trio’s stellar career. In addition to including every song heard on the single disc collection, Very Baddest digs deeper into early albums to uncover killer tracks like “Pearl Necklace,” “Just Got Paid” and “(Someone Else Been) Shaking Your Tree.” The collection also spotlights later albums like XXX (1999) and Mescalero (2003) with “Fearless Boogie” and “Que Lastima.” Appropriately, the collection closes with ZZ Top’s unique take on the immortal “As Time Goes By,” a song made famous by the 1942 movie Casablancaa and a tacit commentary on the group’s unparalleled longevity.

ZZ Top kicks off a full slate of European dates in June with a gig at Bergenfest in Norway on June 11th. After wrapping up in Europe, the trio will head home to join forces with Jeff Beck for a U.S. tour this summer. For their first tour together, fans will be treated to full sets by Beck and ZZ Top. At the end of the show, the artists will take the stage together for a set that promises plenty of six-string fireworks.

CD | 2 CD

Single Disc

1. “Gimme All Your Lovin’” – Single Version
2. “Sharp Dressed Man” – Single Version
3. “La Grange”
4. “Tush”
5. “Doubleback”
6. “I Thank You” – Single Version
7. “Cheap Sunglasses” – Single Version
8. “Legs” – Single Version
9. “Tube Snake Boogie”
10. “Waitin’ For The Bus”
11. “Jesus Just Left Chicago”
12. “I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide”
13. “Pincushion”
14. “Got Me Under Pressure”
15. “Rough Boy” – Single Version
16. “Velcro Fly” – Single Version
17. “Rhythmeen”
18. “What’s Up With That?”
19. “Mescalero”
20. “Viva Las Vegas” – Single Version

Double Disc

CD 1

1. “Gimme All Your Lovin’” – Single Version
2. “Sharp Dressed Man” – Single Version
3. “La Grange”
4. “Tush”
5. “(Somebody Else Been) Shaking Your Tree”
6. “Francine”
7. “Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers”
8. “It’s Only Love”
9. “Arrested For Driving While Blind”
10. “I Thank You” – Single Version
11. “Cheap Sunglasses” – Single Version
12. “Tube Snake Boogie”
13. “Pearl Necklace”
14. “Just Got Paid”
15. “Waitin’ For The Bus”
16. “Jesus Just Left Chicago”
17. “Heard It On The X”
18. “I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide”
19. “Dust My Broom”
20. “Velcro Fly” – Single Version
21. “Party On The Patio”

CD 2

1. “Viva Las Vegas” – Single Version
2. “Pincushion”
3. “Legs” – Single Version
4. “Got Me Under Pressure”
5. “Sleeping Bag”
6. “Rough Boy” – Single Version
7. “Doubleback”
8. “My Head’s In Mississippi”
9. “Give It Up”
10. “Just Got Back From Baby’s”
11. “Blue Jean Blues”
12. “She’s Just Killing Me”
13. “What’s Up With That?”
14. “Rhythmeen”
15. “Loaded”
16. “Fearless Boogie”
17. “Mescalero”
18. “Que Lastima”
19. “As Time Goes By”

Tour Dates

June

11 Bergen, Norway Bergenfest
13 Oulu, Finland Raatth Football Stadium
14 Helsinki, Finland Kaisaniemen Puisto
16 Stockholm, Sweden Grona Lund
18 Aalborg, Denmark Skovdalen
20 Cologne, Germany Tanzbrunnen
21 Stuttgart, Germany Schleyerhalle
22 Hinwil, Switzerland Rock The Ring Festival
24 Amsterdam, Netherlands Heineken Music Hall
25 Brussels, Belgium Forest National
26 Esch Sur Alzette, Lux Rockhal
28 Nimes, France Festival De Nimes
29 Lyon, France Festival Les Nuits Fourvieres
30 Milan, Italy City Sound Open Air

July

2 Saarbrucken, Germany Saarlandhalle Saarbrucken
26 West Bend, WI Washington County Fair Park
27 Cincinnati, OH The Shoe
29 Louisville, KY Iroquois Amphitheater

August

1 Bethlehem, PA “Bethlehem Musikfest” at PNC Plaza At Steelstacks
6 Sturgis, SD “Sturgis Rally” at Sturgis Buffalo Chip
Appearing with Jeff Beck
8 Missoula, MT Ogren Park at Allegiance Field
9 Woodinville, WA Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
10 Eugene, OR Cuthbert Amphitheater
12 Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery
13 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre
15 Murphys, CA Ironstone Vineyards
16 Las Vegas, NV The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel / Casino
20 Englewood, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
22 Oklahoma City, OK Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre
23 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre
24 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amph. St. Louis
27 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
28 Highland Park, IL Ravinia Festival At Ravinia Park
31 Mashantucket, CT MGM Grand At Foxwoods

September

2 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
3 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
4 Wantagh, NY Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
6 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amph. At Encore Park
7 Saint Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheatre
12 The Woodlands, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Author: Buddy Iahn

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