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ZZ TOP Rough Boy (1986 UK 3-track 12 vinyl single including Delirious and Legs - Metal Mix; issued in a great picture sleeve complete with original fold-out poster. The sleeve shows some light ringwear with a scrape on the bottom and a crease in the flipback on the reverse the vinyl is in excellent condition with only light signs of play W2003T)
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I can't say enough how great this band is. The awesome tunes one after another never get dull and I have the lost the amount of times I have listened to this album over and over again and it gets better every time.
Yep, this and Eliminator may sound quite similar but is that a bad thing? I think not. I cannot explain what it is about the tunes that make them so good, the only way to find out is buy it, listen and enjoy yourself. If you like some good old american rock, this is definately for you, and if the track "Rough Boy" doesn't chill you out, nothing will!
So having struck gold with Eliminator, ZZ Top must have looked at what made that album successful (or their manager and record company did), weighed up any commercial opportunities in the Film Industry (i.e. Back to The Future) and concluded that what was needed to make some more money was to airbrush out any remaining deep south blues influences, turn up the electronica to the max, give the guitars a back seat, and churn out an ersatz version of 'Eliminator' (metaphorically its like Jesus like leaving Chicago and moving to Las Vegas). This is what they have done here. Apart from the delicate 'Rough Boy' single, this doesn't deviate from a constant Dance Floor pace, with up front stabbing synths and overly electronic drums (there are guitars in there at the back somewhere), thin/bright production and close harmony 'happy' choruses which will not offend the sensibilities of an 80's pop fan or a movie executive - imagine 8 versions of the Dance Floor mix of 'Legs', and you'll get the picture.
To be frank (no pun intended), it's all a bit boring and soulless - for example 'Dipping Low' is exactly the same song as 'Gimme All Your Lovin' (you can actually sing the words of the latter along in your head) and 'Can't Stop Rockin' sounds like Little Richard has been dragged kicking and screaming from the grave and glued to an 80's synthesiser. 'Velcro Fly' is almost unlistenable as it's so mediocre and the B side of the 'Sleeping Bag' single 'Delirious' is beyond the pale with it's annoying computer enhanced refrain of "D D D D Delirious" and it's dreadful rhyming couplets.
Fellow Blues Rock act Status Quo did this ghastly pop transformation back in the mid eighties with the toe-curlingly embarrassing Holy Trinity (Banality) of 'Margarita Time', 'Burning Bridges' and 'In The Army Now' and have subsequently reversed the downward trend and returned to their true blues roots. The fact that recent live releases by ZZ Top only draw on 'Rough Boy' from this CD proves the point - 'After Burner', like 'Margarita Time' et al, is simply a commercialised product of it's time and should remain in that time (not back to the future - I had to get that in but it was really hard....).
Ahem, sorry about that. Just had to get that off my chest. :o) That was my initial reaction when I heard this album. Wonderful!!! Sure there is absulutely nothing new on this. Except for the fact it is one track shorter, it's an exact copy of Eliminator. In fact it both albums would have made a killer double. From 'Sleeping Bag' to 'Delerious' you know what to expect and boy you're NOT disappointed. Favourites? Them all really, but especially "Stages", "Can't Stop Rockin'", "Planet of Women" & "Dippin' low . . ." Even 'Rough Boy" is up there with the best in ZZ Ballads [rememeber that video? - spaced out, man!(!)]. Just put it on, switch your mind off and boogie out for 40 mins or so. Enjoy the sensation. Brilliant party and driving material - gets you EVERY time!
I'm really pleased to see the other reviewers seeing this album for its worth.
The fact the Eliminator car has evolved on the cover is no accident. This album evolved in 1980's style to a more synth space age feel. This album has a few weaker tracks but in all it's a great time peace in 1980's metal. The guitars are more fuzzy than Eliminator and the electro drums add to the feel of the time.
Sleeping Bag. This is a well chosen album opener; I love the chops the rhythmic heavy sound and the fact ZZ Top can sing about any subject.
Woke up with wood, opens up with a screaming riff that is well placed it kind of saves the track.
Rough Boy, yes it's a bit soppy but it adds to the ZZ Top palette, the video is well worth watching.
Velcro Fly, superb. Classic 1980's rock electro drums comedy. ZZ Top showing the roots for later songs like Burger Man on the 1990's albums.
Dipping Low, this has a smooth sound that matches their voices very well, this track contains the kind of guitar chops expected from ZZ Top.
Delirious, what happened here? This is ZZ Top meets Pantera! No complaints about this track but it fits like a sausage in a veggie buffet. Great track ZZ Top go (light and comedy) thrash!
Well worth owning!
(not given 5 stars as Eliminator is a 5 star album, this is not quite 5 stars, more 4.5)
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