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Thursday
Jun132013

ZZ Top Releases Digital Versions of Original Mixes for First 10 Albums via iTunes

ZZTop.comThe original mixes of ZZ Top's first 10 studio albums have been mastered specifically for iTunes and are now available for purchase as digital downloads.  The records -- spanning from the group's 1971 debut, ZZ Top's First Album, through 1990's Recycler -- can be purchased individually or in a digital collection titled ZZ Top: The Complete Studio Albums (1970-1990)

ZZ Top's early albums had been remixed by the band in the 1980s in the wake of the group's commercial breakthrough, 1983's Eliminator.  Those new mixes have long been the only in-print editions of the albums.  The new collection restores the original mixes.

The iTunes releases coincide with the arrival of a 10-CD box set featuring the same albums and title as the digital collection.  Each disc included in the physical version of The Complete Studio Albums comes housed in a wallet sleeve that replicates the original LP's artwork.

In conjunction with the new releases, ZZ Top has made available for viewing 12 of its official promo videos on Rhino Entertainment's YouTube channel.  Fans can now check out the clips filmed to accompany "Gimme All Your Lovin'," "Legs," "Sharp Dressed Man," "TV Dinners," "Sleeping Bag," "Rough Boy," "Stages," "Velcro Fly," "Give It Up," "My Head's in Mississippi," "Burger Man" and the group's rendition of the Elvis Presley hit "Viva Las Vegas."

Meanwhile, RollingStone.com is hosting an exclusive stream of the of reissued, original mix of ZZ Top's fifth album, 1976's Tejas.

"Tejas was one of those lucky moments where we kept our sensibilities amongst us," frontman Billy Gibbons tells Rolling Stone, recalling the band's mindset while working on the record.  "We said, 'Hey, we'll just close our eyes and lay it down like we're out doing what we like to do on the road.'"

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