Rancho Texicano: The Very Best Of

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Rancho Texicano: The Very Best Of

[ Rhino / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Monday 21 June 2004

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Since Rhino released an exhaustive four-disc ZZ Top box in October 2003, some may question the appearance of a double-disc retrospective in June 2004, a mere eight months after the box set. The two may be released awfully close to each other, but they do play to different audiences -- in other words, there are a bunch of fans who want all the hits, but not a full box set, and that's what the 38-track Rancho Texicano: The Very Best of ZZ Top delivers. Not that it gets everything right -- there are a few classic album cuts, like "Leila" and "I Got the Six," that probably should have been included, and ending the set with a live version of "Cheap Sunglasses" and 12" remixes of "Legs" and "Velcro Fly" leaves a bad aftertaste -- but it gets it close enough, containing all of their biggest hits and a great cross-section of album tracks and AOR favorites. And apart from the aforementioned bewildering final three tracks, it's sequenced well, with the down-n-dirty '70s material on the first disc, and the MTV hits from the '80s on the second. There's still a need for a single-disc that has all the biggest hits, but until that comes along, Rancho Texicano is the best and most concise overview of that lil' ol' band from Texas. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Tracks:

Brown Sugar
Goin' Down to Mexico
Just Got Back from Baby's
Francene
Just Got Paid
Bar-B-Q
La Grange
Waitin' for the Bus
Jesus Just Left Chicago
Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers
Mexican Blackbird
Tush
Thunderbird
Blue Jean Blues
Heard It on the X
It's Only Love
Arrested for Driving While Blind
I Thank You
Cheap Sunglasses
I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide
A Fool for Your Stockings
Tube Snake Boogie
Pearl Necklace
Gimme All Your Lovin'
Sharp Dressed Man
Legs
Got Me Under Pressure
Sleeping Bag
Stages
Rough Boy
Velcro Fly
Woke Up With Wood
Doubleback
My Head's in Mississippi
Viva Las Vegas
Cheap Sunglasses
Legs
Velcro Fly