OK--I'll admit it; I'm one of the biggest ZZ Top Fanzz on earth. I have every song, single, album and collection they've ever released. I have the albums, etc of the music the individual members made with bands prior to forming ZZ Top (the Moving Sidewalks, American Blues, the Warlocks) and I've gathered up all the oddball CDs that Billy F. Gibbons has appeared on with other bands/artists. I even have some bootleg live CDs and DVDs (shh--don't tell anybody!). I've even gone so far as to pay $40 for an import CD, just because it has one song on it that I don't have--and I've done that twice! But in spite of all this, I CAN be an unbiased reviewer of the boyzz' various efforts (musical or otherwise).
I remember when, in the early 1980's, we (my friends and I) would watch anything that was remotely related to music videos. The first time any of us saw ZZ Top's "Gimme All Your Lovin'" video was life-changing. It wasn't just the fact that we were watching fellow Texans, it wasn't just the perfect hotrod being driven by gorgeous leggy girls, it was the MUSIC! It was different from anything else we were seeing or hearing on MTV--the closest we had up to that point was the occasional Rolling Stones video.
This collection is a great time capsule, even for people who don't remember the songs/videos/era first hand; my young teenage nephew, who wasn't familiar with the band or its music pronounced the videos "cool" at first glance. This is a collection worthy of inspection from many standpoints, but remember, "ease up on the potato salad and bear down on the meat!" (Translation: even without the hot girlzz, hot carzz and spinnin' guitarzz, the music itself is great.)
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