Live In Germany 1980
by ZZ Top
Released: Jun 2011
Label: Eagle Rock/Eagle Records
With a band as deep in the classic rock pocket as ZZ Top, you'd think you'd want a live album from 1975 or 1976, but in 1980 ZZ Top were touring in support of Degüello, which is easily one of their 10 best records and a major landmark in guitar-tastic rock music. This set finds the ferocious trio burning the joint down with almost all the songs you need from that album (no "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide") and a positively gut-punching churn through "Precious and Grace." "Manic Mechanic" sounds incredible and, of course, the "La Grange/Sloppy Drunk/Bar-B-Q" medley is a showstopper.