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ZZ Top

Live at Montreux 2013 DVD

Review by Gary Hill

I’ve now got several ZZ Top live DVDs. I have to say that each one is a bit different. This one is quite special. The Montreux series always features smoking hot performances along with great video and audio quality. This one is no exception. These guys deliver their brand of Texas boogie in style here. I love the slightly rough around the edges feel some of this gets. I love how they really stretch out.

For my money the 1970s songs are more my flavor than some of the 80s stuff. Still, it all works well here. There’s a cool mid-show tribute to the late great Montreux Festival founder Claude Nobs here. That includes Mike Flanigin joining on Hammond Organ and Van Wilks guesting on guitar. They take it through a blues/jazz jam there. After that the guys from Tejas deliver a scorching hot rendition of Jimi Hendrix’ “Foxy Lady.” All the little things really make this one a “must have” live ZZ Top DVD. I’d have to say, you should own them all, but if you are only going to own one, make it this one. It’s on fire.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2014  Volume 4 at lulu.com/strangesound.

 
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