Chrome, Smoke & BBQ

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Chrome, Smoke & BBQ
Box set by ZZ Top
Released October 14, 2003
Recorded 1967 - 1992
Genre Blues-rock, hard rock, rock
Length 5:12:20
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Bill Ham
ZZ Top chronology
Mescalero
(2003)
Chrome, Smoke & BBQ
(2003)
Rancho Texicano
(2004)
Alternative Cover
Limited Edition box set
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[2]

Chrome, Smoke & BBQ is a box set by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 2003. This box set is notable for using the original mixes for all of the tracks from the band's first five albums for the first time on the CD format. This box set, and the companion release Rancho Texicano, are the only two CD releases which feature original mixes from ZZ Top's First Album, Rio Grande Mud, and Tejas, aside from 1977's The Best of ZZ Top which features two tracks from Rio Grande Mud and one track from First Album. Tres Hombres and Fandango! were reissued in their original mixes in 2006. (UPDATE: In 2013 Warner Brothers released the CD box set 'The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1990' which includes the first ten ZZ Top studio albums, all with the original mixes.)

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, except where noted.

Disc one[edit]

  1. "You Make Me Shake" (Gibbons) – 3:02
  2. "Joe Blues" (Gibbons, Dan Mitchell, Tom Moore, Don Summers) – 7:36
    • performed by Moving Sidewalks
  3. "Crimson Witch" (Gibbons) – 3:03
    • performed by Moving Sidewalks
  4. "Miller's Farm" (Gibbons) – 2:36
  5. "Salt Lick" (Gibbons) – 2:46
  6. "Brown Sugar" (Gibbons) – 5:22
  7. "Goin' Down to Mexico" (Gibbons, Hill, Bill Ham) – 3:22
  8. "Just Got Back from Baby's" (Gibbons, Ham) – 4:10
  9. "Francine" (Gibbons, Kenny Cordray, Steve Perron) – 3:34
  10. "Just Got Paid" (Gibbons, Ham) – 4:28
  11. "Ko Ko Blue" – 4:32
  12. "Chevrolet" (Gibbons) – 3:21
  13. "Bar-B-Q" (Gibbons, Ham) – 3:28
  14. "Sure Got Cold After the Rain Fell" (Gibbons) – 7:20
  15. "Whiskey 'n' Mama" (Gibbons, Hill, Beard, Ham) – 3:22
  16. "La Grange" – 3:53
  17. "Waitin' for the Bus" (Gibbons, Hill) – 2:53
  18. "Jesus Just Left Chicago" – 3:30
  19. "Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers" – 3:25
  20. "Master of Sparks" (Gibbons) – 3:30

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Precious and Grace" – 3:11
  2. "Shiek" (Gibbons, Hill) – 4:06
  3. "Thunderbird" [live] – 3:04
  4. "Jailhouse Rock" [live] (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) – 1:55
  5. "Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings" – 2:45
  6. "Heard It on the X" – 2:26
  7. "Blue Jean Blues" – 4:45
  8. "Mexican Blackbird" – 3:06
  9. "Tush" – 2:18
  10. "It's Only Love" – 4:23
  11. "Arrested for Driving While Blind" – 3:06
  12. "El Diablo" – 4:22
  13. "Enjoy and Get It On" – 3:25
  14. "She's a Heartbreaker" – 3:03
  15. "Asleep in the Desert" (Gibbons) – 3:29
  16. "I Thank You" (Isaac Hayes, David Porter) – 3:26
  17. "Cheap Sunglasses" – 4:48
  18. "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide" – 4:49
  19. "A Fool for Your Stockings" – 4:15
  20. Degüello Album Radio Spot – 1:02
  21. "Manic Mechanic" – 2:38
  22. "She Loves My Automobile" – 2:24
  23. "Leila" – 3:16
  24. "Tube Snake Boogie" – 3:02

Disc three[edit]

  1. "I Wanna Drive You Home" – 4:48
  2. "It's So Hard" – 5:11
  3. "Pearl Necklace" – 4:06
  4. "Heaven, Hell or Houston" – 2:33
  5. "Gimme All Your Lovin'" – 4:00
  6. "Got Me Under Pressure" – 4:01
  7. "TV Dinners" – 3:51
  8. "Sharp Dressed Man" – 4:14
  9. "Legs" (Single version) – 3:36
  10. "I Got the Six" – 2:53
  11. "Dirty Dog" – 4:03
  12. "If I Could Only Flag Her Down" – 3:42
  13. "Sleeping Bag" – 4:04
  14. "Stages" – 3:34
  15. "Woke Up with Wood" – 3:47
  16. "Rough Boy" – 4:52
  17. "Can't Stop Rockin'" – 3:05
  18. "Planet of Women" – 4:09
  19. "Velcro Fly" – 3:31
  20. "Delirious" – 3:40

Disc four[edit]

  1. "Concrete and Steel" – 3:50
  2. "Lovething" – 3:26
  3. "Penthouse Eyes" – 3:50
  4. "My Head's in Mississippi" – 4:20
  5. "Give It Up" – 3:32
  6. "Doubleback" – 3:58
  7. "2000 Blues" – 4:42
  8. "Reverberation (Doubt)" (Roky Erickson, Tommy Hall, Stacy Sutherland) – 3:03
  9. "Viva Las Vegas" (Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman) – 4:46
  10. "Gun Love" – 3:42
  11. "Francine" [Spanish] (Gibbons, Cordray, Perron) – 2:56
  12. "Cheap Sunglasses" [live] – 5:14
  13. "Legs" [Dance Mix] – 7:57
  14. "Viva Las Vegas" [12" Remix] (Pomus, Shuman) – 8:39
  15. "Give It Up" [2,800 Mile Remix] – 6:25
  16. "Velcro Fly" [12" Remix] – 6:38

Personnel[edit]

ZZ Top[edit]

Production and engineering[edit]

  • Steve Ames – Producer
  • James Austin – Liner Notes, Compilation Producer
  • Robin Brian – Engineer
  • Neal Ceppos – Mixing
  • Bert Frilot – Engineer
  • Bill Ham – Producer, Executive Producer
  • Joe Hardy – Engineer
  • Doyle E. Jones – Engineer
  • Terry Kane – Engineer
  • Bob Ludwig – Engineer
  • Terry Manning – Engineer
  • Larry Nix – Engineer
  • Jim Reeves – Engineer

Photography[edit]

  • Bob Alford – Photography
  • Hugh Brown – Photography
  • George Craig – Photography
  • George DuBose – Photography
  • Ross Halfin – Photography
  • Mika Hashimoto – Photography
  • Lee – Photography
  • Dee Lippingwell – Photography
  • Tony Mottram – Photography
  • Bill Reitzel – Photography
  • Bill Straus – Photography
  • Jodi Summers – Photography
  • Charlyn Zlotnik – Photography

Other[edit]

  • Farah Fawcett – Quotes Researched & Compiled
  • David Lynch – Quotes Researched & Compiled
  • Bob Merlis – Interviewer
  • Ann Richards – Quotes Researched & Compiled
  • Kid Rock – Quotes Researched & Compiled
  • Billy Bob Thornton – Quotes Researched & Compiled
  • Tom Vickers – Liner Notes
  • Dwight Yoakam – Quotes Researched & Compiled

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review