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Afterburner


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  • Audio CD (Nov. 21 1985)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002L8H
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,247 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sleeping Bag
2. Stages
3. Woke Up With Wood
4. Rough Boy
5. Can't Stop Rockin'
6. Planet Of Women
7. I Got The Message
8. Velcro Fly
9. Dipping Low (In The Lap Of Luxury)
10. Delirious

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1985 platinum seller with Velcro Fly !

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Mastodontes en termes de ventes depuis le succès planétaire de Eliminator deux ans plus tôt, les barbus se voient mal abandonner une formule gagnante qui a largement fait ses preuves. D'où l'option encore choisie sur Afterburner en 1985, à savoir un mariage entre le traditionnel blues musclé de ZZ Top et une rythmique qui aurait vendu son âme à l'électronique. L'union est une nouvelle fois fructueuse, le son résolument moderne permettant de dynamiser les éléments plus traditionnels toujours présents. Avec ce neuvième album, le trio de Billy Gibbons prouve encore une fois qu'il sait satisfaire plusieurs générations sans rien renier de son passé. --Cyril Deluermoz

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike S on Nov. 15 2003
Format: Audio CD
I love this cd. The music still sounds as good to me today as it did back in 1985 when it came out. ZZ Top perfected the use of synthesizers mixed in with hard rockin' electic guitars to create a classic melodic rock 80's album. Billy Gibbons has never sounded better on electic guitar and vocals. Frank Beard's drumming is fast and solid. Dusty Hill's bass lines sound top notch. ZZ shows their talent and versatility to change their music style with the times. STAGES,Rough BOY,VELCRO FLY,I WOKE UP WITH WOOD,and PLANET OF WOMEN are my favorite songs off this cd.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 26 2003
Format: Audio CD
One thing about this album over anything else ZZ Top did..It ROLLS with a fun atmosphere!! The only track that actually shouldn't be on it is "Rough Boy"..It's way to slow n bluesy for this album, not that it's a bad song, it just doesn't fit with the rest of the tunes...Many can harp about how ZZ Top was better before Eliminator or how they gave in to the 80's sound, but let me say this.."Rock N Roll is just that...fast cars, shakin' beats and wild girls, down right fun...fun ...fun!!! You need to hear some good Rockin' Texas Boogie to keep you rollin' once in a while, whether it's enhanced digitally or not!! Delta/Chicago Blues isn't rollin' in my books..Just down and out drown in your beer, feelin' bad Blues.."That just doesn't fit the 80's.... ZZ Top's best albums IMHO came in the 80's and why not..The 80's were about big dreams, mega fun and partying...Not about war stories and sorrow, so why should they have played slow blues only? You play what the decade deals ya! Even though Rock N Roll did originate from the Blues, The "Rock N Roll" title alone set's it apart from any basic slow Blues riff, which is why this album out sold any before Eliminator and the boys had one goal in mind..Rockin N Rollin 80's style! I suggest?...Buy this album!!!
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In the discography of ZZ Top, this is where things got truly wierd. ZZ Top may not be considered one of the top groundbreaking rock and roll acts in a historical sense, but Billy Gibbons IS considered one of the great rock and roll guitarists. This album is where his playing went from it's bluesy best to his bland-est. He apparently stopped thinking of open Texas plains and empty highways and put himself on the creative equivalent of an MTV space shuttle launchpad. There IS still an obvious connection here, re; "Houston we have reached ZZ orbit" or something to that effect, especially considering the success of Eliminator (remember, in the Reagan era, the space shuttle, MTV and rap music were new..). But the music of Afterburner, although entertaining, is mostly a lamentable soft-core foray into dance/techno style electronic rhythms and hip/hoppy stuff (hip/hoppy..was he any relation to Trigger?). The hard-core, don't [care] WHAT yall' think individualism of past ZZ releases is watered down so much that the only people ZZ [angered] with this album were their fan base. For crying out loud, Frank Beard, one of the best drummers in Rock and Roll, was largely replaced by digital drum machines to make this album. Now, I am a believer in artistic freedom, and in creative pursuits change is sometimes neccessary and a healthy thing. But when the result is something as limpid as "Velcro Fly", one has to wonder.
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Format: Audio CD
Do the 'Velcro Fly'. I've been listening to this CD all day, in fact i'm listening to it right now. Recorded in 1985, smack-dab in the middle of the coolest decade of all time, "Afterburner" is possibly my favorite ZZ album, with "Eliminator" and "Recycler" being an extremely close 2nd. ZZ embraced the 80's full on, fusing keyboards and synthesizers with their legendary blues rock. It's hard to say what my fav tracks are, because I like all 10 of 'em. If I had to pick a few, 'Velcro Fly', 'Stages', 'Can't Stop Rockin', and 'Rough Boy' would be right up there at the top. Billy Gibbons' guitar work on 'Rough Boy' is just awesome, particularly the 2 guitar solos in the song. 'Velcro Fly' has a great drum beat, and 'Can't Stop Rockin' is just non-stop fun, as is the whole album! This album also has a great cover/title concept, and is my favorite album cover from ZZ. I don't really understand all of the low reviews of this album, it's great. Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of their 70's music too, but I like the 80's stuff as well. Any true ZZ fan will love this album. It will always be a favorite of mine. It's packed with supercharged energy and Billy's signature great guitar work. Billy, Dusty, and Frank are just plain cool and they rock. If you're a true ZZ fan, or just a fan of great music, then you'll love it. If you don't have it, you know the drill. ROCK ON!
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Format: Audio CD
Afterburner has nothing to do with ZZ's blues roots or why they began playing music back in the 60's. Nope, it's all updated rythms and synths, double entendres and calculated hooks. That said, the album is a ton of fun! It's a bit hard to say whether they were selling out or just noodling around with new technology (or maybe some of both). And I don't give a rats ... about why they turned in this direction, just glad they did, even if just for a while. Party record: yes indeed! Record with brains: hung jury. Gibbons' guitar solos are still fantastic if not featured nearly as frequently as on previous outings. Absoulutely a kick ... solo on "Rough Boy," ... near one of my faves of all time. Also, this is one of the only times on the album where the fun lets up... only to let it air out for a few minutes! But with other titles such as "Woke Up with Wood," "Can't Stop Rockin'" and "Planet of Women" you prettymuch know exactly in which direction this material is headed. Yep, "I Got the Six" parts I, II, and III. Now go pick it up if you haven't already!
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