July 1, 2020 Playlist

"ZZ Top's First Album" by ZZ Top (1971)
CLASSIC ALBUM OF THE WEEK
ZZ Top "ZZ Top's First Album"  1971 (USA)
I had never played this band on the Kosmik Radiation show before this year - then I watched a documentary about them and realized I needed to check out their 70's albums. ZZ Top is an iconic band who seem to have been around forever, and they have been - can you name any other American rock band that lasted 50 years with their original line up intact the entire time? So as I threatened on the air a couple months ago, here's my first choice for a CAOTW from "that lil ole band from Texas." It is my contention that if ZZ Top's First Album had been the only album they ever released, that it would be considered a legendary hard rock nugget from the dawn of heavyness. The songs on this one tend to be very short (under 3 minutes) but it's one crunchy, pummeling blues riff after another. Those "heavy blues" bands from the UK sound stiff as boards compared to these funky Texican bro-hemians (don't call them "Southern Rock" because Texas is it's own damn thing y'all). They'd stretch out and get weirder (and infinitely more popular) in later years, but the consistency of their sound and personas over all those decades is remarkable. They could be America's greatest hard rock band of all time? (They've outlasted KISS and are also better musicians.)
(N) = New Release
   
Artist Song Album Year Country
Big Brother & The Holding CompanySummertime (Gershwin)Cheap Thrills1968USA
The Jimi Hendrix ExperienceManic DepressionAre You Experienced?1967USA/UK
Muddy WatersI Just Want To Make Love To YouElectric Mud1968USA
Led ZeppelinThe Lemon SongLed Zeppelin II1969UK
Black SabbathA National AcrobatSabbath Bloody Sabbath1973UK
 
 
Deerhoof Oh Ye Saddle BabesFuture Teenage Cave Artists (N)2020 (Joyful Noise)USA
Deerhoof Strawberry BananasSurprise Symphonies (N - compilation of rare tracks)rec. 1996-2012 (2020 Joyful Noise)USA
Damaged Bug I Tried (Michael Yonkers)Bug On Yonkers (N)2020 (Castle Face)USA
Dope Body No SceneHome Body (N)2020 (Drag City)USA
Once & Future Band Mr. GDeleted Scenes (N)2020 (Castle Face)USA
Cornershop St. Marie Under CanonEngland Is A Garden (N)2020 (Ample Play)UK
   
 
ZZ Top(Somebody Else Been) Shakin' Your TreeZZ Top's First Album
CLASSIC ALBUM OF THE WEEK
1971USA
ZZ TopBrown SugarZZ Top's First Album
CLASSIC ALBUM OF THE WEEK
1971USA
ZZ TopGoin' Down To MexicoZZ Top's First Album
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1971USA
ZZ TopCheap SunglassesDegŁello ("Decapitation")1979USA
Black Oak ArkansasMoonshine SonataHigh On The Hog1973USA
Grand Funk RailroadTime MachineOn Time1969USA
   
 
Jeff Beck GroupRice PuddingBeck-Ola1969UK
The Stark RealityRed Yellow MoonbeamsActing, Thinking, Feeling (compilation)rec. 1969USA
FunkadelicI'll Bet YouFunkadelic1970USA
Isaac HayesHyperbolicsylabicsesquedalymisticHot Buttered Soul1969USA
Dr. JohnZu Zu MamouThe Sun, Moon And Herbs1971USA
   
 
Quincy JonesGula MatariGula Matari1970USA
Jack DeJohnetteCosmic ChickenCosmic Chicken1975USA
Billy CobhamStratusSpectrum1973USA
The Cannonball Adderley QuintetZarek (live)The Black Messiah1972USA
   
 
AreACaos (Parte Seconda)
("Chaos part two")
Maledetti ("Cursed")1976Italy
             
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