Album of the Day
ZZ Top's First Album
“We called the record ZZ TOP'S FIRST ALBUM because we wanted everyone to know that there would be more,” noted Billy Gibbons of his trio's debut. “We weren't certain if we'd get another chance in the studio, but we had high hopes.” He needn't have worried; the lil' old band from Texas went on to sell some 50 million albums worldwide beginning with this collection, cut at Robin Hood Studios in Tyler, TX with manager Bill Ham as producer. With a low-down sound reflecting the Top's stage show, originals including “(Somebody Else Been) Shaking Your Tree,” “Goin' Down to Mexico” and “Backdoor Love Affair” showcase the band's trademark blend of Southern blues 'n' boogie, tough guitar rock and risque references. Released 50 years ago this month, ZZ TOP'S FIRST ALBUM set the group on its way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and remains a greasy good time.