Tejas (album)

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Studio album by ZZ Top
ReleasedNovember 29, 1976[1]
ProducerBill Ham
ZZ Top chronology
The Best of ZZ Top
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars[2]
Robert ChristgauC+[3]
Rolling Stone(not rated)[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[5]

Tejas is the fifth studio album by the American rock band ZZ Top. It was released in late November 1976. The title is a Caddo language word meaning 'friends', which is the origin of the name of the band's home state, Texas.

Background and release[edit]

Tejas was produced by Bill Ham and recorded and mixed by Terry Manning. In 1987, a digitally remixed version of the recording was released on CD and the original 1976 mix version was discontinued. The remix version created controversy among fans because it significantly changed the instrument balance and the sound of the instruments, especially the drums.

Tejas was released as a digital download on Amazon.com's MP3 store and iTunes in 2012, with the original mixes of the tracks that are included on Chrome, Smoke & BBQ, and the 1987 remixes of the tracks that are not from that boxset. The original mix of the album was released on CD in June 2013 as part of the box set The Complete Studio Albums (1970–1990).[6]

Track listing[edit]

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

Side one
1."It's Only Love"4:24
2."Arrested for Driving While Blind"3:05
3."El Diablo"4:20
4."Snappy Kakkie"2:56
5."Enjoy and Get It On"3:23
Side two
1."Ten Dollar Man"3:42
2."Pan Am Highway Blues"3:15
3."Avalon Hideaway"3:07
4."She's a Heartbreaker"3:02
5."Asleep in the Desert" (Gibbons; instrumental)3:24



  • Producer – Bill Ham
  • Engineer – Terry Manning
  • Mastering – Larry Nix
  • Photography – Lee and Lesser
  • Album concept – Bill Ham
  • Album design – Bill Narum


Chart (1977) Position
US Billboard 200 17

SinglesBillboard (United States)

Year Single Chart Position
1976 "It's Only Love" Billboard Hot 100 44
1977 "Arrested for Driving While Blind" 91


  1. ^ Billboard, November 20, 1976, page 66, "London Promo for ZZ Top 'Tejas'", [...LP ships Nov. 29th]
  2. ^ Tejas at AllMusic
  3. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: zz top". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
  4. ^ https://www.rollingstone.com/artists/zztop/albums/album/225223/review/5945388/tejas Archived November 27, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Cross, Charles R. (2004). "ZZ Top". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 907–8. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  6. ^ Gallucci, Michael. "New ZZ Top Box Will Include Original Mixes of First 10 Albums". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved May 2, 2013.