The Very Best Of ZZ Top: Rancho Texicano (CD)


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Ritten 10/01/2004

Since Rhino released an exhaustive four-disc ZZ Top box in October 2003, some may question the appearance of a double-disc retrospective in June 2004, a mere eight months after the box set. The two may be released awfully close to each other, but they do play to different audiences -- in other words, there are a bunch of fans who want all the hits, but not a full box set, and that's what the 38-track Rancho Texicano: The Very Best of ZZ Top delivers. Not that it gets everything right -- there are a few classic album cuts, like "Leila" and "I Got the Six," that probably should have been included, and ending the set with a live version of "Cheap Sunglasses" and 12" remixes of "Legs" and "Velcro Fly" leaves a bad aftertaste -- but it gets it close enough, containing all of their biggest hits and a great cross-section of album tracks and AOR favorites. And apart from the aforementioned bewildering final three tracks, it's sequenced well, with the down-n-dirty '70s material on the first disc, and the MTV hits from the '80s on the second. There's still a need for a single-disc that has all the biggest hits, but until that comes along, Rancho Texicano is the best and most concise overview of that lil' ol' band from Texas.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Brown Sugar
ZZ Top 05:22
2.
Goin' Down to Mexico
ZZ Top 03:22
3.
Just Got Back from Baby's
ZZ Top 04:10
4.
Francene
ZZ Top 03:34
5.
Just Got Paid
ZZ Top 04:28
6.
Bar-B-Q
ZZ Top 03:27
7.
La Grange
ZZ Top 03:53
8.
Waitin' for the Bus
ZZ Top 02:53
9.
Jesus Just Left Chicago
ZZ Top 03:30
10.
Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers
ZZ Top 03:24
11.
Mexican Blackbird
ZZ Top 03:06
12.
Tush
ZZ Top 02:17
13.
Thunderbird
ZZ Top 03:06
14.
Blue Jean Blues
ZZ Top 04:44
15.
Heard It on the X
ZZ Top 02:25
16.
It's Only Love
ZZ Top 04:23
17.
Arrested for Driving While Blind
ZZ Top 03:07
18.
I Thank You
ZZ Top 03:26
19.
Cheap Sunglasses
ZZ Top 04:48
20.
I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide
ZZ Top 04:49
21.
A Fool for Your Stockings
ZZ Top 04:14


Disc 2 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Tube Snake Boogie
ZZ Top 03:03
2.
Pearl Necklace
ZZ Top 04:06
3.
Gimme All Your Lovin'
ZZ Top 04:00
4.
Sharp Dressed Man
ZZ Top 04:14
5.
Legs
ZZ Top 03:36
6.
Got Me Under Pressure
ZZ Top 03:59
7.
Sleeping Bag
ZZ Top 04:04
8.
Stages
ZZ Top 03:32
9.
Rough Boy
ZZ Top 04:51
10.
Velcro Fly
ZZ Top 03:30
11.
Woke Up With Wood
ZZ Top 03:46
12.
Doubleback
ZZ Top 03:57
13.
My Head's in Mississippi
ZZ Top 04:20
14.
Viva Las Vegas
ZZ Top 04:45
15.
Cheap Sunglasses [live]
ZZ Top 05:14
16.
Legs [Dance Mix]
ZZ Top 07:51
17.
Velcro Fly [12 Remix]
ZZ Top 06:38

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