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May102017

Five by three: Vinyl box set featuring ZZ Top's first five albums due out next month

Warner Bros. RecordsVinyl versions of ZZ Top's first five albums will be gathered together in a new box set that will be released on June 9.

Cinco: The First Five LPs will feature 180-gram vinyl editions of 1971's ZZ Top's First Album, 1972's Rio Grande Mud, 1973's Tres Hombres, 1975's Fandango! and 1976's Tejas. The collection's five discs are packaged in a box designed to resemble the ornate custom "Nudie" suits ZZ Top's members were known for wearing onstage back in the day.

Among the highlights of the box set:

--Tres Hombres, the Texas trio's breakout album, which features one of the band's trademark songs, "La Grange." The 1973 record, which was certified gold for sales of more than 500,000 copies in the U.S., also includes such enduring tunes as "Waitin' for the Bus" and "Jesus Just Left Chicago."

--Fandango!, which features a side of live performances and a side of studio cuts. It hit the top 10 and went gold.  It includes the group's first top 20 hit, "Tush," and a live version of the Elvis Presley classic "Jailhouse Rock."

--Tejas, which peaked at #17 on the Billboard 200.  It features "It's Only Love," which rose to #44 on the Hot 100 singles chart. The album also has been certified gold.

Cinco sells for a suggested retail price of $114.98.

ZZ Top begins a new series of spring U.S. tour dates this Friday, May 12 in Amarillo, Texas. Check out the band's full itinerary at ZZTop.com.

Here are the track lists of the albums featured in the box set:

ZZ Top's First Album

Side One
"(Someone Else Been) Shaking Your Tree"
"Brown Sugar"
"Squank"
"Goin' Down to Mexico"
"Old Man"

Side Two
"Neighbor, Neighbor"
"Certified Blues"
"Bedroom Thang"
"Just Got Back from Baby's"
"Backdoor Love Affair"

Rio Grande Mud

Side One
"Francine"
"Just Got Paid"
"Mushmouth Shoutin'"
"Ko Ko Blue"
"Chevrolet"

Side Two
"Apologies to Pearly"
"Bar-B-Q
"Sure Got Cold After the Rain Fell"
"Whiskey'n Mama"
"Down Brownie"

Tres Hombres

Side One
"Waitin' for the Bus"
"Jesus Just Left Chicago"
"Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers"
"Master of Sparks"
"Hot, Blue and Righteous"

Side Two
"Move Me On Down the Line"
"Precious and Grace"
"La Grange"
"Shiek"
"Have You Heard?"

Fandango!

Side One
"Thunderbird"
"Jailhouse Rock"
"Backdoor Medley"
--"Backdoor Love Affair"
--"Mellow Down Easy"
--"Backdoor Love Affair No. 2"
--"Long Distance Boogie"

Side Two
"Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings"
"Blue Jean Blues"
"Balinese"
"Mexican Blackbird"
"Heard It on the X"
"Tush"

Tejas

Side One
"It's Only Love"
"Arrested for Driving While Blind"
"El Diablo"
"Snappy Kakkie"
"Enjoy and Get It On"

Side Two
"Ten Dollar Man"
"Pan Am Highway Blues"
"Avalon Hideaway"
"She's a Heartbreaker"
"Asleep in the Desert"

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