SONIC WAVES….ZZ Top/Recycler

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October 1990 and the Tops release Recycler and it’s the followup to Afterburner which came out 5 years earlier in 1985! So I guess the two long beards (Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill )and Stache(Frank Beard) figured it was about time right?

Recycler I have always liked and that’s maybe due to the fact that myself and Tbone caught this tour in early October 1990 a good few weeks before the actual release of the album. So perhaps that’s why maybe I like it  as much since that was the tour I saw who knows but they also threw down some real cool musical mustard on these tracks for the most part! Here’s the review of the show….

Tbone is still looking for La Grange!

CONCRETE AND STEEL- ZZ blast off from the start and this is a great opener! No one and I mean no one has the guitar tone of Billy Gibbons! You hear him and you know it’s him! Plus not only does he play the wicked guitar his voice is so tailor made for this band. It’s a win win. Beard on the drums and Hill on the bass push the song along and it’s the start of the decade and it’s good to have the Tops back boogie Rockin!

LOVETHING-Beard slams down some Thunder and the guitars go in slo mo and than pick up and this is a great track. Tons of percussion jives up the backing tracks and it rocks in a ZZ kinda way! Lots of good Ol sexual innuendo here in this song at Top HQ’s! 2 songs in ….2 sure fire winners!

PENTHOUSE EYES-ZZ takes off with there bluesy cool riffs mixed with Beards drums and we’re off an running to the Penthouse! Isn’t it great when ZZ gets into story telling like this two …..”can’t blame a boy for asking!” Chirps Billster and Wowzers he’s chilling in the Penthouse. Tons of slipping and sliding Blues Riff a Rolla on this track!

TELL IT-this tune is one of my favs from Recycler! TELL IT,tell it like is …Sez Billy and I’m onboard. This song is a cool little creepy crawl of boogie woogie Blues rock! Just a real good laid back tempo! What better way to introduce Gibbons guitar solo with someone chirping BANG! …that’s also the one thing about ZZ tunes not only do you get the great solos in the song but also the great outro solos that take the song out!

MY HEADS IN MISSISSIPPI-hangover is what this reminds me of! Not myself with a hangover but the two Beards and Stache with em! Gibbons voice fits this tune to a T! Cool gruff voice and real catchy guitaring add the salt to the pepper for this tune! I just love it. Crank the video folks!

DECISION OR COLLISION-bam bam this song is pure solid driving ZZ Top! A pretty good tune goes forward Into Billyvilles zone which is guitar blues rock! Good stuff…and a pretty snappy happy ZZ tune!

GIVE IT UP-love the opening riff from Gibbons. Than all the bells and whistles of ZZs driving late 80s sound is unleashed BUT this song still cooks man I love it. Now that summer is upon us when your barbecuing some juicy steaks and knocking it down your hatch with some cold suds crank this track! And invite uncle DeKEs over! Hint hint Probie! Ha!

2000 BLUES-great slow mover groover of a track! Gibbons like he always does lays down a great guitar! 200o Blues is just that Blues down low down sleazy breezy ZZ style! Sign me up!

BURGERMAN- Ok ok so ZZ even though know its 1990 old habits die hard and hey let’s toss Deke and Tbone a musical patty and call it  BURGERMAN! It’s all here a ton of toppings layered with guitars,bass and a loaded up drum sound and a loaded up ZZ! BURGERMAN though is a pretty funny tune from the two beards and stache!

DOUBLEBACK-I tell Ya I love this tune! Sure it’s from Mikey J Foxes Back To The Future Film but this song is Gold! I love the pre chorus and chorus it’s the best of what ZZ does and that’s play a catchey hook! Gibbons nails down some sleazy meaty biggie bouncy riffs of Texas Rock! ….”Running high and low don’t know which way to go I gotta DOUBLEBACK my friends”..sings Gibbons! Wowzers 25 years old this song is and I still love it as much as I did back in 90!

IN CONCLUSION-Afterburner i loved side one of that record and it kinda tailed off for me after Planet Of Women led off side 2 it here….

ZZ slam back with a real solid effort and perhaps I dig this one more like i said for the fact that I caught them on the Recycler World Tour?! Who knows for sure but I will say it was a step in the right direction and i still spin this one quite frequently! ZZ was headed into the 90s and they were rolling with the changes but still doing there own deal! Good on them and good for me!




17 thoughts on “SONIC WAVES….ZZ Top/Recycler”

  1. Deke I am only 4 discs into my ZZ Top box set that I got for Christmas (!) and Recycler is the last disc. So I can’t even comment really…I know a few of these songs. Concrete and Steel was great. I love Doubleback and still consider that one of ZZ Top’s best tunes.


    1. That’s a ton of ZZ Mikey….I concur DOUBLEBACK is a great track and one of there best for sure! Man just getting thru a wack load of Aero now to the back of the alphabet with ZZ and everything else in between….

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      1. …And I’m 3 reviews into my next (Canadian!) series. Don’t know how far I will take that series. Probably into the 1990’s. Can you guess?


      2. I never seen that comment in WordPress all it said was strike one ….hahaha….I know a Billy Oxygen! His name is Southern Rock Doerner or the Doctor as they used to call him!


  2. Thanks for the shout-out Deke & thanks for the Back To The Future III reference too!
    Tres Hombres & Eliminator are on the 1001 (really enjoyed ’em both!) and this one sounds right up my alley as well.
    Love how Frank Beard is the non-bearded one!

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    1. Your welcome Geoff…it took months for me to figure out how to link my own articles on my site and that was thanks to Aaron and my daughter Lexie explaining it to me! So sorry it’s not a actual link but give me some time as Aaron has sent me instructions how to link to you guys… time I mean a few months..hahaha

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  3. Yas! This is a great album, eh? I love this one loads – it all sounds great. A rusted metallic mother of an album …


  4. Awesome J….love your description of Recycler as a Rusted Metallic Mother….excellent…gonna have to steal that line sometime if you give me permission! Hahahaha…


  5. Nice one, I bought this on vinyl last month – after not owning it for 20 years, or so. It was better than I remembered too. Mississippi is the one that gets me going.

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  6. You know something, I never owned this one (I don’t think, anyway… for all I know it’s down in the man cave waiting for me and I’ve forgotten it’s here). But none of the songs you mention come to mind, so this is an oversiiiiight! Especially based on your review. Hot damn, I gotta get me some!


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