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Fandango (Expanded) [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

ZZ Top Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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1. Thunderbird
2. Jailhouse Rock
3. Backdoor Medley: Backdoor Love Affair; Mellow Down Easy; Backdoor Love Affair No. 2; Long Distance Boogie
4. Nasty Dogs And Funky Kings
5. Blue Jean Blues
6. Balinese
7. Mexican Blackbird
8. Heard It On The X
9. Tush (Remastered Album Version)
10. Heard It On The X
11. Jailhouse Rock
12. Tush

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En 1975, les Américains réservent un accueil plus que chaleureux à ce cinquième album de ZZ Top. Réputés pour des shows incendiaires au cours desquels leur heavy blues prenait toute sa dimension, les Texans consacrent la première moitié de Fandango à des enregistrements réalisés en public. Version torride de "Jailhouse Rock" et un medley aussi salace qu'endiablé ("Backdoor Medley") précèdent une seconde partie produite en studio qui fait la part belle à l'excellent rock gras et percutant qu'affectionne ZZ Top. Les survoltés "Heard It On The X" et "Tush", futur chouchou du public, sont deux des perles d'un disque à ranger dans les classiques du genre. --Cyril Deluermoz

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One of the world's greatest rock 'n' roll bands ever to strut the 50 States, these sharp-dressed Texas titans-Billy F. Gibbons, Frank Beard, and Dusty Hill-are a righteously hell rain' power trio boasting a 30-plus year hit-making legacy, both in the studio and at concert arenas. With their revved up blues 'n' boogie, they always make the most of their Texas birthright with with a distinctive sound that shakes up rock, blues, soul, garage-funk, Americana, and more. Nowhere is their force of nature musicianship better displayed than on these two album classics, revved up wtih red-hot bonus rarities. Warner. 2006.

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3.0 out of 5 stars ***. Good. Not quite great July 1 2003
Format:Audio CD
"Fandango" is a bit of a missed opportunity in more ways than one.
When it was first released, two years after ZZ Top's big breakthrough album, "Tres Hombres", the band must either not have had enough quality material for a full LP, or they couldn't decide between a live album and a regular studio release.
Thus, "Fandango" is split between three live songs (well, seven, actually, since one is a medley) and six studio cuts. The live portion is so-so, with somewhat mediocre sound, a good "Thunderbird", a pretty good "Jailhouse Rock", and a bland medley of four songs. Too bad, since ZZ Top already had enough excellent material in their catalogue to warrant a full live album.
The studio material is generally good. Vintage ZZ Top, with huge blooze-n-boogie riffs from the great Billy Gibbons, and a truly superb rhythm section.
"Nasty Dogs And Funky Kings" is good without being excactly memorable, "Blue Jean Baby" is an excellent slow blues, and "Balinese" is a sturdy mid-tempo rock number.
The groovy blues shuffle of "Mexican Blackbird", sung by bassist Dusty Hill, is highlighted by some smouldering slide guitar from Gibbons, and it is followed by the hardest rocker on the album, "Heard It On The X". This song is often metioned as one of ZZ Top's greatest. It's not one of my favorites, though...too fast and without feeling or groove, and with a hectic guitar riff and drum figure that becomes annoying after a very short while.
The album does end on a high note, though, with the classic "Tush" which has all the deep-dug groove you could wish for. Classic 70s blues-rock.
All in all, "Fandango" is a good album which could have been great, but the live cuts are a wasted opportunity, and there are only a couple of truly great songs among the studio material (although nothing is actually bad).
It doesn't live up to its predecessor, though.
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3.0 out of 5 stars beware the almighty disease of 1980's technology June 10 2000
By charles
Format:Audio CD
yes, this album was as good as it gets, but some dippy engineers and producers got a little ga ga in the late 80's over the ability to replace original drums with samples, and the tasty room sounds of the original studios with $12,000 digital reverbs. though they didn't rape the live cuts, they sure as hell invaded everything else (all in the name of 'improvement'). not sure if there are multiple cd versions, but the one i have is horrible. i'll take scratchy, warped vinyl, with it's sweet, original mix, over the heinous abuse of digital toys which threatens to remove a great (5-star) album from history.
who is responsible for the slaying of fandango? step forward, ye cads. didn't your mothers tell you not to 'fix' something that ain't broke?
all they had to do was feed the original 2-track into a sony 1630 and go have lunch, but they couldn't resist screwing with everything, perhaps because those were the early days of cd's and they thought they had to have a gimmick just to get people to buy old songs on a new medium. the tunes are still great, but realize that you may not be hearing anything close to the original when you buy fandango on cd. bummer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album for us guys... Feb. 6 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I guess they're out there, but women who like (and/or understand) that lil ol band from Tejas are few and far between. Now, us guys, we love those 3 cool SOBs. The live side of this CD--per the liner notes that came with it when it was an elpee--claimed that it was truly live, i.e., NO over dubs, no nothin' cept what you hear live (many of you will be disappointed to know, most "live" albums have overdubbed instruments on them). "Thunderbird," "Jailhouse Rock" and "Mellow Down Easy" make for good beer-drinkin' with you and your buds. Add "Mexican Blackbird" (how non-PC can you get??), "Nasty Dogs & Funky Kings" and "Tush" to the mix, and I have to ask, "what more could you want?"
A classic hell-raisin' album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Plain Awesome. Jan. 11 2000
By adam
Format:Audio CD
This is my fave ZZ Top album, and I have most of them (I'll have them all soon, I'm sure). Whether it's the first-rate studio cuts, or the electrifyingly great live cuts, there's nary a weak track on here. Everybody knows "Tush", "Jailhouse Rock" and "Balinese", and many know "Heard It On The X", but the lesser known tracks truly stand out, especially the killer "Back Door Medley", which, at over 9 minutes, still isn't long enough, and "Mexican Blackbird". The albums "Tres Hombres" and "Deguello" are right up there, but this one is the best one you can get, and it's actually a pretty good intro to the band if you're just starting a collection.
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2.0 out of 5 stars cd remix kills classic Feb. 26 2003
Format:Audio CD
This was a great album and I had to have the cd. Unfortunatly when I recieved the disc and put it in to play, I was dissapointed to hear the studio side had been remixed. A ton of echo had been added. The drums had been remixed and the sound changed. The cymbals were burried in the mix. Small nuances that made the tracks interesting were also lost. The vocals are also covered with reverb. The original tight sound had been replaced with a muddy "hall" type sound. I have returned to listening to my cassette version of this album and feel ripped off by the cd remix. I wish I never bought it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My First Exposure to ZZ Top July 25 1999
Format:Audio CD
This LP meaning..... sound of vinyl..was my first exposure to ZZ Top in 1977. Being about 13 years old...me and my best friend would sit in his older brothers room..and listen to his large LP collection. After being fed KISS, Nugent,REO, etc..at the time... FANDANGO was my first taste of boogie blues...and the blues with "Blue Jean Blues"...Pretty far out for teenagers in middle midwestern IOWA!! I still get chills out of this album...all these years!!...Tush, Blue Jean Blues, and Heard it on the X....what more could you want?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music
I didn't realize how much I missed all the songs on this album until I heard them all again. Great!
Published 21 months ago by M. Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars The best sounding Fandango!
This is the Fandango! to own. Smooth & steamy sound. Better than the Rhino expanded CD (which is the best digital) & the older London vinyl I own (which is fine). Read more
Published 21 months ago by Geee!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ZZ Top!!!
This album is one of ZZ Top's best!!! The first half is live and the other half is studio!!! Contains the great tracks:Tush,Heard It On The X,Blue Jean Blues,Mellow Down Easy,and... Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2004 by Jason P. Pumphrey
4.0 out of 5 stars THUNDER!
I don't think Fandango is their best album. That said, it is probably their hardest rocking album. 'Nasty dogs adn funky kings', 'Heard it on the X' and 'Tush', how hard ot those... Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2003 by Tnahpellee
5.0 out of 5 stars that's 5 stars for just the one half of the record
you see one side of this album is live and the other isn't
i love the live side - you just have to hear it to believe it.
the ablum cover says it all. Read more
Published on May 14 2003 by s_johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great ZZ Top Album
FANDANGO is another great ZZ Top album. The live cuts, except for "Thunderbird", haven't aged well, but the studio tracks, particularly "Balinese" and "Heard It On The X", more... Read more
Published on Sept. 24 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars For The Music...1 Star For Only 30 Minutes Of It....
Hey....How about releasing the entire live show "side one" of this album was recorded from. Read more
Published on Aug. 7 2002 by "The Woj"
5.0 out of 5 stars just wonderful
I enjoy both blues works and hard rock works of ZZ TOP. This album is a good exaple of their blues rock period. Read more
Published on Jan. 14 2002 by ihsan yavuzer
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