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ZZ Top - Chrome, Smoke & BBQ

Rib-stickin' rock and roll they call it, and they right. Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard formed in 1970 as a trio and have never really changed their low-down boogie ways. Though best known for a latterday fame that turned songs like "Legs" and "Pearl Necklace" into risqué bastions of Vegas-styled showbiz tomfoolery, real ZZ types still hanker after the guttural blood and leather that informs "My Head's In Mississippi", "Jesus Just Left Chicago" and "Heard It On The X", where Houston-sized metal engages with satanic pop in a whorehouse called "la Grange". This dangerous collection is well researched and packaged—the box it's in is so big you can practically park your Harley outside. Shake your tush.

Rating: 4 / 10


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