Now Available: ZZ Top, The Baddest and The Very Baddest

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Now Available: ZZ Top, The Baddest and The Very Baddest

Yes, there have been ZZ Top greatest-hits collections in the past, and, yes, they’ve all been rather solid, but now the band is bringing you not only the baddest of their material but also the very baddest. Okay, so maybe the differentiation between the two is predominantly that one’s a single-disc compilation and the other’s a two-disc set. Either way, they’re both pretty darned bad…by which, of course, we mean that they rock pretty darned hard.

In the press release which accompanied the news of this release, Billy Gibbons – who, along with Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, founded the band in 1969 – observed from beneath his beard that he and his bandmates were “glad that material originally issued by three different labels over the course of all these years will now be housed under one ‘roof,’ to so speak,” calling it “kind of a big, bad family reunion on some level.” By that, of course, Gibbons means that, in addition to their tremendous back catalog on Warner Brothers, these collections also feature inclusions from their more recent albums on RCA and Universal.

No matter which of the collections you pick up, you’ll still get the same first four songs kicking things off: “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Sharp Dressed Man,” “La Grange,” and “Tush,” which is about as solid a quartet from their back catalog as you’re likely to find. From there, though, the paths diverge, so we’ll provide you with the full track listing for both, so you’ll be properly informed, but just to reiterate, no matter which one you pick, they’re still both bad.

THE BADDEST OF ZZ TOP

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

THE VERY BADDEST OF ZZ TOP

Disc One:

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”

Disc Two:

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”