Rolling Stone - p.714 stars out of 5
-- "This is where you'll find the archetypal Texas blues ZZ Top would trick out but never abandon as they became some of the most reliable road dogs in rock."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1194 stars out of 5
-- "The live stuff is impressively rowdy, but it's the studio cuts that really shine..."
ZZ Top: Billy Gibbons (vocals, guitar); Dusty Hill (vocals, bass); Frank Beard (drums).
FANDANGO, ZZ Top's fourth album, came out after five years of constant touring. With a studio/live format, it contained their first top-40 single ("Tush").
Also available with TRES HOMBRES on 1 cassette and as part of the ZZ Top 6 Pack.
This is ZZ Top's fourth album.
ZZ Top: Dusty Hill (bass guitar); Frank Beard, Billy Gibbons.
Personnel: Billy Gibbons (vocals, guitar, slide guitar, harmonica); Dusty Hill (vocals); Frank Beard (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Bob Ludwig.
Liner Note Author: Tom Vickers.
Photographer: Fin Costello.
While ZZ Top's early '70s studio albums were indeed great examples of the blues rock genre, the band's live shows were where the band really shined. On 1975's FANDANGO!, the trio issued an album that contained an 'in-concert' first side and a 'studio' second.
This was the album that catapulted ZZ Top to the summit of the '70s rock mountain, mainly due to the rowdy monster hit "Tush," which remains in rotation on rock radio to this day. Other highlights include the entire live turbo-charged first half ("Thunderbird," a cover of Elvis' "Jailhouse Rock," and the near 10-minute long "Backdoor Medley"), as well as the studio rockers "Balinese" and "Heard It on the X."