Tejas (album)

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Studio album by ZZ Top
Released November 29, 1976[1]
Recorded 1976
Length 34:44
Label London
Producer Bill Ham
ZZ Top chronology
The Best of ZZ Top
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau C+[3]
Rolling Stone (not rated)[4]
An audio sample from "It's Only Love"

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

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).[5]

Track listing[edit]

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

Side one
No. Title Length
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
No. Title Length
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




Chart (1977) Position
US Billboard 200 17

SinglesBillboard (North America)

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 (album) at AllMusic
  3. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: zz top". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/zztop/albums/album/225223/review/5945388/tejas Archived November 27, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Gallucci, Michael. "New ZZ Top Box Will Include Original Mixes of First 10 Albums". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved May 2, 2013.