|ZZ Top's First Album|
|Studio album by|
|Released||January 16, 1971|
|Studio||Robin Hood Studios, Tyler, Texas|
|Genre||Texas blues, blues rock, boogie rock, hard rock|
|ZZ Top chronology|
|Singles from ZZ Top's First Album|
ZZ Top's First Album is the debut studio album by the American rock band ZZ Top. It was produced by manager Bill Ham, and was released on January 16, 1971, on London Records. Establishing their attitude and humor, ZZ Top incorporated boogie, hard rock, and Southern rock influences into their sound. Thematically, the album is lively, playful and at times brash, filled with the band's personal experiences and sexual innuendos that became central to the group's image. Seeking inspiration from Fleetwood Mac, ZZ Top began recording the album at Robin Hood Studios in Tyler, Texas. "(Somebody Else Been) Shakin' Your Tree" was the only single released from the album, it failed to appear on the Billboard charts.
In 1987, this album was remixed for CD release. In 2013, the original vinyl mix was released on HD Tracks in high-resolution digital download formats. The original mix of the album was released on CD in June 2013 as part of the box set The Complete Studio Albums (1970–1990). In October 2017 a 180 gram vinyl edition of the album was released, using the original mix.
ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons said of the title:
We called the record ZZ Top's First Album because we wanted everyone to know that there would be more. We weren't certain if we'd get another chance in the studio, but we had high hopes.
Gibbons also said:
We had been together for about six months and were knocking around the bar scene, playing all the usual funky joints. We took the studio on as an extension of the stage show. The basics were all of us playing together in one room, but we didn't want to turn our backs on contemporary recording techniques. To give our sound as much presence and support as possible, we became a little more than a three piece with the advantages of overdubbing. It was the natural kind of support – some rhythm guitar parts, a little bit of texture. That was about it.
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
The only single released from the album was "(Somebody Else Been) Shakin' Your Tree" (b/w "Neighbor, Neighbor") on London Records (release number 45-138).
|1.||"(Somebody Else Been) Shaking Your Tree"||Billy Gibbons||2:32|
|3.||"Squank"||Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Bill Ham||2:46|
|4.||"Goin' Down to Mexico"||Gibbons, Hill, Ham||3:26|
|5.||"Old Man"||Gibbons, Hill, Frank Beard||3:23|
|2.||"Certified Blues"||Gibbons, Beard, Ham||3:25|
|4.||"Just Got Back from Baby's"||Gibbons, Ham||4:07|
|5.||"Backdoor Love Affair"||Gibbons, Ham||3:20|
- Billy Gibbons – guitar, vocals
- Dusty Hill – bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals, lead vocal on "Goin' Down to Mexico", co-lead vocal on "Squank"
- Frank Beard – drums, percussion (credited as "Rube Beard")
- Producer – Bill Ham
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