Some bands’ back catalogues are positively awash with live recordings serving as everlasting, possibly iconic, documents of their creators in full flight on rock’s frontline. Not so these hirsute Texans.
ZZ Top: Live in Germany 1980
Close, but no cigar.
For a band of such classic stature, there’s very little of significance on offer, which makes this release so fantastic and so damn frustrating.
Capturing the trio during their legendary first ever European show, for Rockpalast on German TV, essentially this is the audio version of the already available DVD. But, crucially, it’s incomplete, several tracks omitted to cram the performance onto one disc.
This is a crying shame when you hear Billy Gibbonss’ hotter-than-a-Tabasco-enema guitar licks, Dusty Hill’s thicker-than-the-Mississippi-Delta-mud bass lines and Frank Beard’s raw, rude and righteous skin thrashing.
Why not just release a double CD? It’s seriously galling to know that there’s more. So, another opportunity to right a wrong in the annals of rock history slips by.