Wednesday, 14 September 2016

#86 ZZ TOP - Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ. 1980 (Flac)

Capitol Theatre,
Passaic, NJ.
May 4 1980

After touring heavily for seven years ZZ Top had taken a break from live performance after the release of ‘Tejas’ and live promotion. They left their label London Records signing to Warner Bros. in 1979 and released their sixth studio album ‘Deg├╝ello’ near the end of the year. It would mark the end of an era for the band, as their next album ‘El Loco’ released in 1981, would include synthesizer backing on certain tracks.

The ‘Expect No Quarter’ tour began on 20 November 1979 and ended on 3 January 1981, a tour that comprised of 79 live shows. This particular set includes the complete ‘Deguello’ album bar the closing track. 

The show has circulated in many forms, most popularly as a pre-FM ripped from the vinyl radio disc. That promo doesn't include the complete broadcast which is available on this master FM recording. Less bass heavy in comparison to the radio disc, this has excellent quality and a more balanced mix that favours Billy Gibbons’ guitar and vocals, on one of the Top's finest performances.  

01 I Thank You
02 Waitin' For The Bus
03 Jesus Just Left Chicago
04 Precious & Grace
05 I'm Bad (I'm Nationwide)
06 Manic Mechanic
07 Lowdown In The Street
08 Heard It On The X
09 Fool For Your Stockings
10 Nasty Dogs And Funky Kings
11 El Diablo
12 Cheap Sunglasses
13 Arrested For Driving While Blind
14 Beer Drinkers And Hell Raisers
15 La Grange / Sloppy Drunk / Barbq
16 She Loves My Automobile
17 Hi-Fi Mama
18 Dust My Broom
19 Jailhouse Rock
20 Tush

WNEW FM broadcast master from the Joe Maloney collection
Transferred and presented by KRW&CO

Lineage: FM broadcast analog master > Nakamichi DR-1 > Creative Soundblaster X-FI HD Model #SB1240 Wav (24/48KHZ) > Magix Audio Cleaning Lab for track marks Wav 16/44.1 > TLH Flac (Level 8)

The Band
Billy Gibbons  guitar vocals
Frank Beard  drums vocals
Dusty Hill  bass vocals

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