Remastered re-release of the third full-length studio album by legendary American Blues/Southern Rock band.
"Tres Hombres" is the record that brought ZZ Top their first Top Ten record, making them stars in the process. It couldn't have happened to a better record. ZZ Top finally got their low-down, cheerfully sleazy Blooze-n-Boogie right on this, their third album.
As their sound gelled, producer Bill Ham discovered how to record the trio so simply that they sound indestructible, and the band brought the best set of songs they'd ever have to the table. On the surface, there's nothing really special about the record, since it's just a driving Blues Rock album from a Texas bar band, but that's what's special about it. It has a filthy groove and an infectious feel, thanks to Billy Gibbons' growling guitars and the steady propulsion of Dusty Hill and Frank Beard's rhythm section. They get the blend of Bluesy shuffles, gut-bucket Rocking, and off-beat humor just right.
ZZ Top's very identity comes from this earthy sound and songs as utterly infectious as "Waitin' for the Bus", "Jesus Just Left Chicago", "Move Me on Down the Line", and the John Lee Hooker Boogie "La Grange".
In a sense, they kept trying to remake this record from this point on (what is "Eliminator" if not "Tres Hombres" with sequencers and synthesizers?), but they never got it better than they did here!
"Tres Hombres" was a successful combination as the release was the band's commercial breakthrough. In the US, the album entered the top ten while the single "La Grange" reached number 41 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts. Meanwhile, "La Grange" debuted number 33 on the American Top 40 broadcast on June 29, 1974. In 2003, the album was ranked number 498 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2012, the album ranked at number 490 on a revised list. The album peaked at number 8 on the Billboard 200.
180 gram High Performance Vinyl in gatefold cover. Cut from the original analog master tapes for audiophile quality.
Warner Bros. Records Inc., 1973/2014 (8122799699). Made in EU. Pressed in Netherlands.
1. Waitin' For The Bus 2:59
2. Jesus Just Left Chicago 3:29
3. Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers 3:29
4. Master Of Sparks 3:23
5. Hot, Blue And Righteous 3:14
1. Move Me On Down The Line 2:30
2. Precious And Grace 3:09
3. La Grange 3:51
4. Shiek 4:04
5. Have You Heard? 3:14
Total playing time: 33:26 min.