'ZZ Top - Live from Texas'
(ZZ Top / Blu-Ray / NR / 2008 / Eagle Rock)
Overview: ZZ Top, the "little ol' band from Texas", has enjoyed enormous success on a global scale since their breakthrough in the early seventies and then their groundbreaking albums in the mid-eighties. Now for the first time one of ZZ Top's legendary live performances has been filmed for simultaneous release on DVD & Blu-ray.
Blu-Ray Verdict: Like most concerts for bands that have been around for a minimum of 30 years, "Live From Texas" offers a balanced mix of old classics from the 70s, MTV hits from the 80s, and newer, lesser known songs. Indeed, songs like "Legs" and "Sharp Dressed Man" were MTV staples, and more importantly, gave a more or less faceless band (well, except for those beards) an identity in the world of Top 40 radio.
"ZZ Top: Live in Texas" documents a stop on the band's recent tour and which at the same time showcases a hodgepodge of their back catalogue in some quite fine, if not mumbled at times, style.
The set has been logically arranged in reverse order for the most part with the newer songs leading off, with the band saving the expected big guns for the end - "Gimme All Your Lovin'," "Sharp Dressed Man" and "Legs"; before giving us encores both of "La Grange" and "Tush."
Having had the same line-up of guitarist Billy F Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard for almost 40 years now has obviously helped them gel beyond all requirements as a jam band throughout the years, and a lot of that musical acknowledgement of each other is firmly on display here. But like most concert films, "Live in Texas" is not likely to convert any new fans to the trio, but it does deliver exactly what the band's dedicated core following will want ... '80s nostalgia by the bucket load! This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Featurette: "Dallas Show Day" (HD, 6 minutes)
Featurette: "Poker Game" (HD, 18 minutes)
Featurette: "Photo Shoot " (HD, 5 minutes)
Bonus Performance (HD) - "Foxy Lady"
Collectible 8-Page Color Booklet - Featuring liner notes by ZZ Top biographer Tom Vickers.