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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They sure got the title right
How to follow 1979`s "Deguello", a very authentic blues affair? Well, in the years before that album Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill grew themselves (apparently independently!) enormous beards which remain their trademark to this day so they had obviously decided to try and look a bit eccentric; but with "El Loco", they decided to do something very different with their...
Published on 17 July 2010 by Little Cat Voom

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3.0 out of 5 stars Stars off great, runs out of steam towards the end
"El Loco" is a solid collection of blooze-n-boogie from the bearded ones (and the less bearded Frank Beard), opening with one of ZZ Top's best songs, the superbly groovy "Tube Snake Boogie".
"I Wanna Drive You Home" and "Ten Foot Pole" are fine, bluesy, mid-tempo funk, followed by one of ZZ Top's very few real ballads, the nice, melodious "Leila", and the somewhat...
Published on 12 Aug 2003 by Docendo Discimus


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They sure got the title right, 17 July 2010
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Little Cat Voom (The middle of England) - See all my reviews
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How to follow 1979`s "Deguello", a very authentic blues affair? Well, in the years before that album Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill grew themselves (apparently independently!) enormous beards which remain their trademark to this day so they had obviously decided to try and look a bit eccentric; but with "El Loco", they decided to do something very different with their music too. For a start, synths appear, instead of front-porch John Lee Hooker-esque riffs . This is really where the 80s sound of ZZ Top - the sound that really hit the public consciousness - appeared. But rather than go for anything too overtly commercial (the follow-ups of "Eliminator", "Afterburner" and "Recycler" were clearly made with the idea of mass appeal in mind) they opted to choose some very uncommercial themes, and address them in an occasionally incoherent way! It`s like they didn`t really want to make the step...yet. Probably best-known for the controversial subject matter that is "Pearl Necklace", there are a couple of other songs that really stand-out; "Tube Snake Boogie" (more euphemisms), "Ten Foot Pole" (Billy basically mumbles his way through the song but it`s still fun), "Groovy Little Hippy Pad", and the utterly crazy but sublime nonsense that is "Heaven, Hell, or Houston", where Billy spends half the song on the telephone. I think this is what they call a "transitional" album; if you`re looking for the missing link between "Rio Grande Mud", "Tres Hombres" and "Deguello" and the band that made "Legs", "Sharp Dressed Man" and "Rough Boy", you`ve found it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stars off great, runs out of steam towards the end, 12 Aug 2003
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Docendo Discimus (Vita scholae) - See all my reviews
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"El Loco" is a solid collection of blooze-n-boogie from the bearded ones (and the less bearded Frank Beard), opening with one of ZZ Top's best songs, the superbly groovy "Tube Snake Boogie".
"I Wanna Drive You Home" and "Ten Foot Pole" are fine, bluesy, mid-tempo funk, followed by one of ZZ Top's very few real ballads, the nice, melodious "Leila", and the somewhat generic "Don't Tease Me" (it's not bad, it just sounds like a hundred other blues-rock numbers).
"It's So Hard" is a good slow tune, not really a ballad and not really a slow blues, but somewhere in between. And the double-entendre "Pearl Necklace" is one of the album's best rockers (and was one of the three singles lifted off "El Loco", along with "Tube Snake Boogie" and "Leila").
The album loses momentum towards the end, though, winding down with the somewhat forgettable, synth-heavy "Groovy Little Hippie Pad", the decidedly odd "Heaven, Hell or Houston" and the rockabilly-esque "Party On The Patio".
"El Loco" is not conistent enough to be a great album, but there are several excellent songs here, good enough for about 3 stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars El Loco, 9 May 2011
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What else can be said about this group.their music is so diverse and FANTASTIC how three musicians can make their music sound as they do is superb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars just buy it, 11 July 2014
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some great songs on this cd pearl necklace and tube snake boogie pure class.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rating, 20 Jan 2014
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This item was bought for my son to go with his collection after his original was stolen gave the rating.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I've just returned from the island of Chandelier", 6 May 2007
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Contrary to popular belief this album was NOT remixed for the Six-Pack compilation. This CD IS the original mix. Newer remastered CD's aside, buy it along with Deguello and sonically stunning 1977 best of.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 25 Aug 2014
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I like this album very much as I' am a big fan of ZZ Top. I love it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic tracks of Texan boogie., 21 May 2009
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For all those people who thought that ZZ Top started with the Eliminator album, you should really check this out. This is where the class really started to show and they began to flex their musical muscles. Highlights are Ten Foot Pole and Tube Snake Boogie. All songs should be listened to with your tongue thrust firmly in cheek...
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