Warner Bros. Serves Up The Very Best Of ZZ TOP On CD And DVD

05/07/04

Two-Disc Audio Career Retrospective And Single-Disc Video Collection Both Arrive In Stores June 15

This past March, guitarist Billy F Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill, and drummer Frank Beard were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for their three decades of red-hot, hook-ridden Texas boogie and blues. They have shattered attendance records around the world and sold albums by the mega-millions. Simply put, nobody does it better-or has done it longer-than ZZ TOP.

On June 15, Warner Bros. Records will honor the bearded blues-rock juggernaut by serving up Rancho Texicano: The Very Best Of ZZ TOP, a double-disc feast of choice cuts and chart-busting hits. That same day, ZZ TOP-Greatest Hits-The Video Collection will also be released. The CD is a career retrospective that covers everything from the band's '70s-era blues material to the popular '80s hits and beyond. Its two hours of remastered classics include breakthrough hits "La Grange" and "Tush," as well as Top 10 tracks "Gimme All Your Lovin'" and "Sharp Dressed Man." The electrifying DVD is filled with smash hits such as "Give It Up," "Stages," and "Velcro Fly,'" as well as music clips for "Legs" (which in 1984 won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Group Video), "Sharp Dressed Man" (which earned director Tim Newman the 1984 VMA for Best Direction In A Video), "Rough Boy" (which won the 1986 VMA for Best Art Direction In A Video), and many more.

Rancho Texicano: The Very Best Of ZZ TOP will be available at all retail stores and from www.onlyhitmusic.com [ http://www.onlyhitmusic.com/ ] for a suggested list price of $24.98, while the DVD is $19.99.

The CD set delivers a total of 38 tracks and a booklet featuring rare photos and commentary by music writer Tom Vickers. All of the fan favorites are showcased here, including "Rough Boy," "Cheap Sunglasses," "Francene," "Velcro Fly," "Viva Las Vegas," and many more.

ZZ TOP formed in 1969 as Gibbons' psychedelic blues group, the Moving Sidewalks, disbanded. He hooked up with Beard and Hill, who'd been in another Texas psych outfit, American Blues. Bonding over a common love of the blues, boogie, rock, and all things Texas, the trio brought rootsy vigor to a music scene starved for flavor and survived for decades by adapting their sound without radically altering its foundations. Savvy enough to embrace the MTV age, the band stayed current-and introduced themselves to a new generation of fans-with idiosyncratic award-winning videos. As big and badass as their home state, ZZ TOP's hell-raisin' blues-rock, chest-length beards, and droll sense of humor are now part of American popular culture.

The ZZ TOP catalog remains one of rock's most enduring bodies of work, thanks to continuing radio airplay and the band's live performances. They'll maintain that tradition by playing many of the songs featured on these two releases later this summer during a major 50-city tour of North America beginning this June in Texas.

"This is a great time in our history," says Dusty Hill. "We were very honored to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and last year's tour was a great experience for us. We thought we'd just keep things rockin' this summer."

"We're looking forward to hitting the trail again," adds Billy F Gibbons.

"As long as the audiences are happy with the same three guys doing the same three chords, we're there."

Source: Warner Strategic Marketing