ZZ Top: Fandango! album review

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Thin Lizzy – Nightlife

ZZ Top - Fandango!

(Image credit: London Records)

Thunderbird
Jailhouse Rock
Backdoor Love Affair
Mellow Down Easy
Backdoor Love Affair No. 2
Long Distance Boogie
Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings
Blue Jean Blues
Balinese
Mexican Blackbird
Heard It on the X
Tush

Texan legends ZZ Top were a huge live draw in the States, prompting the release of Fandango!. Side A was recorded live at The Warehouse in New Orleans, and Side B was laid down in the studio. 

It’s got Tush. And another ZZ masterclass in Heard It On The X. But there’s perhaps something slightly unsatisfying about Fandango. What fans would have surely preferred is a full live album, or to see the quality hinted at with the studio tracks developed into a complete new record. While it’s (half) an excellent gig souvenir, maybe it’s also a sign of a band in crisis, short of both time and songs.