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ZZ Top Audio CD
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1. Gimme All Your Lovin
2. Got Me Under Pressure
3. Sharp Dressed Man
4. I Need You Tonight
5. I Got The Six
6. Legs
7. Thug
8. TV Dinners
9. Dirty Dog
10. If I Could Only Flag Her Down
11. Bad Girl

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ZZ Top's ninth studio album truly captured the mood of the times. Released as MTV was learning to crawl, the videos of the Lone Star trio's droll, masculine anthems were staples on the nascent music channel, making the world think that all the women in Texas looked like Jerry Hall--which wasn't far from the truth in 1983. And even if it wasn't completely accurate, listeners could at least visit a world where both cars and woman were fast and available. Billy Gibbons's roaring guitar licks streaked across songs with the speed of a young Hendrix. Even though the lyrics are often ham-fisted, all is forgiven for the pleasure of just letting the ZZ Top locomotive mow you down. While "Gimme All Your Loving," "Legs," and the satirically dynamic "Sharp Dressed Man" ruled the airwaves, the real gems here are the thundering "I've Got the Six" and the equally bombastic "Bad Girl," which showcase's Dusty Hill's heart-stopping drumming and Frank Beard's sturdy bass. Eliminator also marks the first time that the rough-and-tumble outfit turned to studio wizardry to goose up their meat-and-potatoes boogie. And while some early fans may have been dismayed, truth be told, their new studio sophistication added finesse and depth to ZZ Top. --Jaan Uhelszki

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Zz Top ~ Eliminator

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5.0 out of 5 stars Combination of 80s Technology and Gritty R&B Nov. 26 2003
Format:Audio CD
"Eliminator" introduced the world to one of rock's most unique sounds from one of rock's most unique bands, ZZ Top. Past albums like "Tres Hombres" or "Deguello" had firmly established the band as a major draw, but it was with this 1983 album that the band first used an appealing blend of technology that was perfectly topped onto their trademark R&B/Delta blues roots.
The vocals and bass of Dusty Hill are as rough as the Texas sand, matched only by that of Billy Gibbons (who was a favorite guitarist of Jimi Hendrix), backboned by Frank Beard's disciplined drumming. All of this makes for a tightly wound musicianship that never suffers from "Eliminator"'s synthesized element. The album spawned several hits, notably 'Legs,' 'Sharp Dressed Man,' and 'Gimme All Your Lovin'. 'Got Me Under Pressure' is just as legendary, being an enduring ZZ Top favorite. The one-of-a-kind 'Thug' meanwhile is a darker tale, and features an incredinbly funky bass texture, while the likes of 'TV Dinners' and the incredibly eye-roll inducing 'I Got the Six' are somewhat less serious, but just as memorable. 'I Need You Tonight' however is surprisingly sympathetic and features some of Gibbons' best guitar work.
Although "Eliminator" became one the 80s most recognizable efforts, it finally gave ZZ Top the worldwide success they'd deserved since the early 70s. It is very much a male-ego album, containing the brilliant arrogance and flashiness that made ZZ Top so great in the first place.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Top hits the Top! Oct. 14 2003
Format:Audio CD
Some people claim this and the next couple are too "Slick" and "Polished" and all that [sounds like they're describing a car chassis] but they are good albums nonetheless. I don't like Eliminator as much as I like Afterburner but There are a bunch of songs that I thoroughly enjoy. It's probably the album I owe the most too, Because, as Lawrence M. Bernarbo points out, a lot of people would not have heard of ZZ TOP had it not been for MTV and this album, so I owe it to you, Eliminator. My Favourite songs: TV Dinners, Legs, Sharp-dressed Man, Thug, If I could only flag her down [the best song here!], Dirty Dog I need you tonight and Bad Girl. Still, I can't help but wonder why, if "Gimme all your lovvin" and "Sharp-dressed man" were HUGE hits, why weren't "Tube snake boogie" "Leila" "I'm Bad, "I'm nationwide" "El Diablo" "Pan Am highway blues" "Balinese" etc or even stuff like "Fearless boogie" "Black Fly" "Breakaway" "World of Swirl" "Tell it" "Hairdresser" etc.? Probably because MTV gave Elminator and Afterburner publicity and none of the other albums got publicity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ZZ Top's Transition Into Hard Rock Nov. 23 2002
Format:Audio CD
I own this in LP. But I had heard on the radio before buying it, this was their first hard rock recording. And between the radio and MTV, I had heard enough of the songs from this album. I admit. I was impressed by how they did this. It separates the professionals from the amateurs. I will cover why.
One thing I like about this recording is, it was so little of a transition hardly anyone who had not heard this was a hard rock recording would not know it. They made little change in their style of music in this recording. But it was enough to classify as hard rock. I had heard earlier recordings of theirs. One is Tres Hombres. It was to be one of their last regular rock recordings for a while.
The guitars were a little deeper and heavier. They slowed down the tempo just enough. The drums had a harder beat. It was in all their songs in this recording.
I noticed why they only made a gradual transition. One was to keep their regular rock fans. The other was to pick up new hard rock fans. And they did succeed in both areas.
Of course, I noticed their next hard rock recording that came out in 1985, Afterburner, got a little harder yet. I liked their gradual approach. There is a reason.
There have been other regular rock groups who changed too rapidly into either hard or metal rock. They did not last.
Others chose not to change. And they faded as well. One is Pat Benatar. It was at an era when regular rock was fading. And hard and metal rock were on the rise. ZZ Top knew they had to change or fade out. And they knew to change gradually. Or they would risk losing their then current fans. And they would not be able to pick up hard rock fans. This is what separates the professionals from the amateurs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Top enter the space age! Nov. 22 2002
Format:Audio CD
Yep, this is the album that broke Top forever, pushing over 8 million copies. Gone are the simple but educated blues patterns of "LaGrange," "I Heard it on the X," and "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide," they've been replaced with the '80s space boogie of "Got Me Under Pressure" and "Sharp Dressed Man." But let's not forget to mention some of the lesser known but none the less outstanding tracks such as the atmospheric ballad "I Need You Tonight," thump rocker "I Got the Six" (love those double entendre lyrics), and one of my fave straight-ahead rockers that never gets a mention, "Dirty Dog." The approach on this album was certainly a novel idea for a band like Top back in '83, and no other band has really completed such a mind-boggling transition so successfully since. I place this one up on the "party rack" along with AC/DC's "Back in Black," Kiss' "Alive," Whitesnake's "Saints an' Sinners" and The Four Horseman's "Gettin' Pretty Good at Barely Gettin' By." Let the good times roll!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome
This is a great CD. I have been trying to find it for a while and now I have it and enjoy it very much.
Published 6 months ago by Karen Ouellette
5.0 out of 5 stars Driving Music!!
A long time favourite disc from this iconic group. Keep a copy in the pickup and go have a tailgate party!
Published 17 months ago by Loma
5.0 out of 5 stars Old CD versions are now "Eliminated"!
Say what you will about ZZ Top's foray into 80's music, using sequencers and compression on the drums, I like this album. Rev. Read more
Published on Oct. 18 2010 by LeBrain
5.0 out of 5 stars ZZ - TOP...........turn up the grooves !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,
These songs alone would have made Eliminator one of ZZ Top's three greatest albums,their embrace of Rock-synths and sequencers make this a blockbuster filled with hits & pure... Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2010 by Carl Michael Fredrick
4.0 out of 5 stars The big album gets an upgrade
When I read that a CD/DVD of Eliminator was getting released, clearly their biggest album or all time, I was hoping the DVD would contain a surround sound mix as the album would... Read more
Published on March 28 2009 by Gis A. Bun
5.0 out of 5 stars A touch of HARD ROCK
This formidable POWER TRIO has been playing since 70's.This self-made tough BLUES band made a change.That is "MTV BOOM". Read more
Published on July 7 2004 by Sound Profiler
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Perfect, But Quite Good
I think this is one of the defining rock albums of the early 80's. The first six tracks on this album are outstanding rock classics ("Gimme All Your Lovin'," "Got... Read more
Published on May 21 2004 by Andre LeBlanc
4.0 out of 5 stars Its good but damn that MTV!
Eleminator, wow what a great album, the last good ZZ Top album for like 10 years though! You know who I blame for that, MTV, they killed so many good bands and made so many killer... Read more
Published on March 27 2004 by Morton
5.0 out of 5 stars ZZ Top's biggest all-time hit!
This album spawned four Top 20 hits. They are GIMME ALL YOUR LOVIN',SHARP DRESSED MAN,GOT ME UNDER PRESSURE and LEGS. Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2004 by andy8047
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic ZZ Top!!!
This is a great ZZ Top album(CD these days)!!! Contains the hits:Sharp Dressed Man,Legs,and Gimmie All Your Lovin'!!! The other tracks are great too!!! A classic album(CD)!!! Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2004 by Jason P. Pumphrey
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