Fandango!

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Fandango!
Studio album and Live album by ZZ Top
Released April 18, 1975
Recorded December 30, 1974–March 23, 1975
Genre Texas blues, southern rock, boogie rock, blues rock, hard rock
Length 32:00
Label London
Producer Bill Ham
ZZ Top chronology
Tres Hombres
(1973)
Fandango!
(1975)
Tejas
(1976)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (not rated)[2]

Fandango! is the fourth album by the American blues rock band ZZ Top, released in 1975. Half the tracks are selections from live shows, the rest are new songs from the studio. A remastered and expanded edition of this album was released on February 28, 2006.

Fandango, from which the album gets its name, is a type of dance similar to flamenco.

In the late 1980s a digitally remixed version of the recording was released on CD and the original 1975 mix version was discontinued. The remix version created controversy among fans because it significantly changed the sound of the instruments, especially drums. The remix version was used on all early CD copies and was the only version available for over 20 years. A remastered and expanded edition of the album was released on February 28, 2006, containing three bonus live tracks. The 2006 edition is the first CD version to use Terry Manning's original 1975 mix. The album was re-released in 2009 on 180 gram vinyl using the original master tapes. It appears exactly the same except that it had a 180 gram vinyl LP sticker, by Back to Vinyl records.

Singles[edit]

The only single released from the album was "Tush". The single peaked at #20 on the US Billboard Hot 100, making it the band's first top 40 single.

Track listing[edit]

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

Side A[edit]

  1. "Thunderbird" (Live) – 4:08
  2. "Jailhouse Rock" (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) (Live at The Warehouse) – 1:57
  3. "Backdoor Medley" (Live) – 9:25
    • "Backdoor Love Affair" (Gibbons, Bill Ham) – 1:10
    • "Mellow Down Easy" (Willie Dixon) – 3:39
    • "Backdoor Love Affair No. 2" (Gibbons) – 2:05
    • "Long Distance Boogie" – 2:32

Side B[edit]

  1. "Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings" – 2:42
  2. "Blue Jean Blues" – 4:43
  3. "Balinese" – 2:39
  4. "Mexican Blackbird" – 3:07
  5. "Heard it on the X" – 2:24
  6. "Tush" – 2:15

2006 remastered version bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Heard it on the X" (Live)
  2. "Jailhouse Rock" (Live) (Leiber, Stoller)
  3. "Tush" (Live)

Tracks 1-3 (side A of the original LP) were recorded live at The Warehouse in New Orleans, "captured as it came down-hot, spontaneous and presented to you honestly, without the assistance of studio gimmicks". Tracks 4-9 (side B) were new studio recordings.

"Thunderbird"[edit]

"Thunderbird" was originally written and performed by the Nightcaps, a band formed in the 1950s when the members were teenagers.[3] The Nightcaps performed the song and distributed it on their album Wine, Wine, Wine but never applied for copyright.[3] ZZ Top began performing its version of the song in 1975, and has conceded that its version is lyrically and musically identical to the Nightcaps' song.[4] The Nightcaps sued ZZ Top for, among other things, copyright infringement, but their claims were dismissed because, in part, ZZ Top had registered a copyright on the song in 1975.[5]

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producer – Bill Ham
  • Engineers – Jim Reeves, Robin Brians, Terry Kane, Bob Ludwig (mastering), Terry Manning
  • Album concept – Bill Ham
  • Design – Bill Narum
  • Photography – John Dekalb

Charts[edit]

AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1975 Pop Albums 10

SinglesBillboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1975 "Tush" Pop Singles 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fandango! at AllMusic
  2. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/zztop/albums/album/198546/review/5941643/fandango[dead link]
  3. ^ a b Dabou/sb v. Gibbons, 42 F.3d 285, 287 (5th Cir. 1995).
  4. ^ Dabou/sb v. Gibbons at 287 and 287 n.1.
  5. ^ Dabou/sb v. Gibbons at 291.