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Deguello
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This was luckily the first ZZ album I bought about 14 years ago at the same time I was getting into the likes of Howlin Wolf, Buddy Guy, SRV etc and this album is still a huge favourite of mine, i'd say it was probably one of my desert island discs. Like someone else said here, Manic Mechanic doesn't really fit (although it's pretty funny) but the other tracks more than make up for it and it's got a nice clear but not overdone kind of production, probably influenced by the Austin blues scene that was gathering momentum at the time ("Lowdown In The Street" is about the Rome Inn and the goings-on there) and you can also really here this in the guitar playing/tones here which is more Blues than Rock. If you've never heard ZZ Top before the spinning guitars and red car MTV era or are more of a blues fan, this is the one to start with.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on 9 August 2001
Hendrix called billy gibbons one of the greatest blues guitarists, and if you wont take jimi's word for it then just listen to this album! Classic blues riffs, great lyrics and the boys themselves played the horn section too! This album was heavily drawn upon for their compilation album 'one foot in the blues' and rightly so. Check out 'a fool for your stockings', 'cheap sunglasses' (my favourite track) and the elmore james track 'dust my broom' - lets be honest - there aint a bad track on this album. If you like zz top or just a general blues fan this is one to add to your collection.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 3 June 2009
It's not my favourite ZZ Top album. Not by a long shot but its is bloody good music and I'm sure it is the favourite of many other ZZ Top fans. Melts the slightly more polished 80's feel with their trademark 70's blues. Plus the use horns:D!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2013
It's so easy to make a mess of remastering. I can imagine that there is a temptation to remaster specifically for a new generation who are used to mp3 compression and listen to nasty representations of something they think sounds good to them on their cell 'phones. However, I'm an old git. I want it to sound as it did originally - raw and bassy to the ears of many. I was pleasantly surprised by this, but it was advertised as having been produced from the analogue masters. Presumably, they were making the distinction because "digitally remastered" versions had been so badly criticised. I think this version is OK, on the assumption that you don't have access to a decent turntable, valve amplifiers, and speakers the size of bedside cabinets that can handle 50W of bass guitar (well that was the reason I bought them in 1979).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Deguello, a stunning album in the mid to late 70's run of albums when ZZ Top could do no wrong. This one has signs of things to come, Manic Mechanic for example pointing towards the quirky stuff they did on later albums like Heaven, Hell or Houston. Cheap Sunglasses, what a classic tune, with its shifting tempo, the ever so memorable lyrics(even if they don't make much sense) and powerful delivery. I'm Bad. I'm Nationwide, another tempo shifting tour de force with a great bit of ZZ brass section thrown in for ggreat measure.

This is one of the few early albums to have escaped the cd ruining reverbed gated drum sound which was retrospectively added to the early stuff to make it sound more like Eliminator. Who thought of that???? What a berk. So, the sound here is as it ought to be and is as good as the remastered Smoke, Chrome and BBQ box set, honest(I have it and did a back to back comparison).

Buy and enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 January 2014
I don't know why this album is often overlooked in the history of ZZ Top.
Most people who're familiar with the band's work know "Cheap Sunglasses", but there's much more on here to entertain us than that. Ok, so "Manic Mechanic" is pretty strange,....but strange in a good way,....surely?!
There's some blindingly good guitar playing on this CD, and luckily it's one of their older efforts that was not ruined for re-release during the 1980s by having dodgy 'modern' effects squeezed into it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 May 2013
Lookig at the cover, one would expect dark things to happen, horro maybe. Put the CD on and forget about the cover, it's wonderful, it's all ZZ Top and while they're a fool for somenone's stockings, we better be fools for them...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 May 2013
One of ZZ tops best albums before the days of eliminator and a more commercial route. All songs on the album are of high quality in production and style, buy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 November 2012
I will never get tired of listening to Degüello. Pure and crisp Blues Rock. Production is perfect. ZZ Top at their best. One of the best albums ever maybe.
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great cd but you can see their style changing from that gritty blues rock.in my mind this the last cd before they became a pantomime band.
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