This disc was recorded back in 1980 at the Grugahalle in Essen for a German TV series called Rockpalast and captures the legendary, larger-than-life trio at the height of their career. The band kick off the night with the bluesy, “El Deguello” and things quickly get rolling from there with a set list that includes such early hits as “Cheap Sunglasses,” “Tush” and a very cool rendition of “Jail House Rock.” This is rock and roll the way it is meant to be played, gritty and unpretentious with a significant heavy blues/southern rock influence running through it.

Fans of ZZ Top will absolutely want to pick this disc up; your collection would not be complete without it. Even if you’re not super familiar with the band though, Live In Germany 1980 provides a good selection of some of the older, less commercial tunes that really helped define the band. Bottom line, I feel this disc is extremely entertaining and worth checking out.

Track Listing:

01. El Deguello
02. I Thank You
03. Waitin’ For The Bus
04. Jesus Just Left Chicago
05. Precious And Grace
06. Manic Mechanic
07. Lowdown In The Street
08. Heard It On The X
09. Fool For Your Stockings
10. Cheap Sunglasses
11. Arrested You Driving While Blind
12. Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers
13. La Grange/Sloppy Drunk/Bar-B-Q
14. Dust My Broom
15. Jailhouse Rock
16. Tush

Run Time: 56:50
Release Date: June 21, 2011

Check out the song: “Dust My Broom”