I’m Just Lookin’ For Some…..

So I’ve been away from the online world for a while – sometimes when there’s too much work coupled with too many life problems you have to revert to the physical world and get things sorted.

So what have I been up to over the last few weeks? Well just the usual – work, listening to music, car problems, listening to music, feeling ill, listening to music – oh, and I saw ZZ Top in concert as well……………

Now ZZ Top were big on my playlist back in the mid-80s when I (along with a large proportion of the music listening world) was blown away by their holy trinity of singles – Gimme All Your Lovin’, Sharp Dressed Man and Legs. Prior to the gloss of these releases I had been aware of their back history, the earthy boogie, the gravelly vocals, the long beards (except of course in the case of Mr Beard), the rattlesnakes, the self inflicted gun shot wound but I hadn’t really got into the music.

They fell off of my radar pretty quickly however but this CD, as thoughtful supplied by Mr F ahead of the concert, was perfect for getting up to speed. If truth be told I could do without ever having to listen to their version of “As Time Goes By” again but the rest of the CD is essential listening.

The concert itself was a 4 out of 5 – got close to the front of stage but the mix for the first song was a bit muddy and there were a couple of children (i.e. late teens) in front of me who seemed more interested in talking about the video backdrop and watching the audience than getting involved in the concert itself – with that level of musical disinterest they’ll probably end up being DJs with a Radio 2 breakfast show…………..

The guys looked ancient but then again they always did and if I have half their energy when I’m in my mid-60s I’ll be happy. Having said that they have nothing on Jeff Beck who they introduced on stage to celebrate his 71st birthday and who played the final 20 minutes with them. A rousing “Tush” with a now 4 piece ZZ Top closed the set and sent us out ready for car park wars (Wembley – shame on you, is it really that difficult to organise exit queues????) in a good, boogiefied, state of mind.

ZZ Top – The Very Baddest (2014) – CD

  • Gimme All Your Lovin’
  • Sharp Dressed Man
  • La Grange (2005 Remastered Version)
  • Tush
  • (Somebody Else Been) Shaking Your Tree
  • Francine
  • Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers (Remastered Version)
  • It’s Only Love
  • Arrested For Driving While Blind
  • I Thank You
  • Cheap Sunglasses
  • Tube Snake Boogie
  • Pearl Necklace (Remastered LP Version)
  • Just Got Paid
  • Waitin’ For the Bus
  • Jesus Just Left Chicago
  • Heard It On the X (Remastered Version)
  • I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide
  • Dust My Broom
  • Velcro Fly
  • Party On the Patio
  • Viva Las Vegas
  • Pincushion
  • Legs (Single Version)
  • Got Me Under Pressure (Remastered LP Version)
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Rough Boy
  • Doubleback
  • My Head’s In Mississippi
  • Give It Up
  • Just Got Back From Baby’s
  • Blue Jeans Blues (Remastered Version)
  • She’s Just Killing Me
  • What’s Up With That
  • Rhythmeen
  • Loaded
  • Fearless Boogie
  • Mescalero
  • Que Lastima
  • As Time Goes By

Rate – 4/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 25, Vinyl Singles – 16, LPs – 17, Downloads – 5, Cassettes – 1

Total Tracks: 599, Time: 45h 29m 24s