ZZ Top has released a new live recording for its fans. The veteran trio’s new live compilation record Live – Greatest Hits From Around The World will be released this Friday, September 16th in stores and online. The new live collection of live performances is being billed as the band’s first “live album.” It should be noted right now that this term should be used very loosely. That is because it is not the band’s first ever live recording. The band has already released three albums before this latest offering—Live From Texas (2008), Double Down Live (2009) and Live at Montreux 2013 (2014). So even though it obviously is not the band’s first live recording, it is still an enjoyable collection of live ZZ Top performances. That is due in part to the songs that make up the body of the compilation. The band’s stage presence is just as important to note as the songs that were chosen for the record. Last but hardly least of note in this recording is its production. That includes both the sound editing and the transitions from song to song. Each element is important in its own way to the record’s presentation. All things considered, Live – Greatest Hits From Around The World is another live record that any ZZ Top fans will welcome to their music libraries.
ZZ Top’s new live compilation record Live – Greatest Hits From Around The World is not the band’s first live recording despite it being billed as such. That aside it is still another live offering from the veteran trio that any ZZ Top fan will welcome to his or her music library. That is due in part to the record’s “set list.” The set list features performances that were taken from a number of the band’s previous tours and songs that are some of the band’s most beloved songs. Those songs include the likes of ‘Cheap Sunglasses,’ ‘Legs,’ ‘Sharp Dressed Man,’ ‘I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide,’ and many others. It also features a performance of ‘Rough Boy’ with Jeff Beck from the band’s most recent tour and even a cover of the classic ‘Sixteen Tons.’ While the songs are just a glimpse into the band’s extensive catalogue it does reach somewhat far back into that catalogue, namely to 1973’s Tres Hombres and as recent as 1994’s Antenna. So, one could argue that the compilation’s “set list” is limited. There is no denying that. But at the time, that it is limited also means that listeners are getting some of ZZ Top’s best live performances; not all but some. To that end, the record’s chosen songs (and performances) are in themselves important positives to note in examining this live compilation’s set presentation. They are collectively just part of what makes the record welcome in fans’ music libraries. The band’s stage presence is just as important to note in the record’s presentation as the songs and performances that make up its body.
The songs and performances that are featured in Live – Greatest Hits From Around The World are in themselves hugely important to the record’s presentation. They present what are some of the band’s best live performances and some of its most beloved songs. They are collectively just one important part of the record’s presentation. The band’s stage presence is just as important to note here as the featured songs and performances. The band’s stage presence is so important to note first and foremost because so far, this compilation is only available on CD. Usually when a live recording is presented on CD, it is extremely difficult for given acts to translate their stage presence to audiences. That is why so many live recordings today are available just as much on DVD and Blu-ray as on CD if not more so. In the case of this record though, the band’s stage presence translates quite well believe it or not. Maybe that is because of the record’s production—which will be discussed shortly—or maybe it’s related to something else. Regardless audiences can actually see the band—Billy Gibbons (guitar, vocals), Dusty Hill (bass, vocals), and Frank Beard (drums)—performing with full clarity. That is rare for any act’s live recording. It is a testament to the band’s ability to entertain its audiences even today regardless of live or semi-live. It is just one more important part of the record’s presentation. The record’s production rounds out its most important elements.
The songs and performances that make up the heart of ZZ Top’s new live recording and the band’s stage presence in each are all important in their own way to Live – Greatest Hits From Around The World’s presentation. As important as each element is to the record’s presentation, they are not its only important element. The record’s production is just as important to its presentation as any other element that was and wasn’t noted here. The record was produced by the band and joined by Carl Stubner and Blain Clausen (something that people who download the album probably wouldn’t know since they don’t have those liner notes that add so much to an album’s experience). The fact that the band had a direct role in the record’s production is perhaps to thank for the band’s stage presence translating so clearly. It could even be argued that the band’s direct role in the record’s production is why the sound is mixed so expertly, too. Considering this it makes sense now why the overall listening experience in this record is so enjoyable even with it being a compilation record. In the same vein the transitions between songs are just as clean. Even something as minute as that plays its own major role in a live recording’s presentation. It is what keeps audiences engaged after a performance ends and before the next performance begins. Now, keeping all of this in mind, it is clear why the record’s production is just as important to its presentation as its songs and performances, and the band’s stage presence. When all three elements are set against each other, they paint a picture of a record that, again, any ZZ Top fan will welcome in his or her own music library.
Live – Greatest Hits From Around the World is not ZZ Top’s first live record. But it is a record that any ZZ Top fan will welcome into his or her music library. Whether for its chosen songs and performances, the band’s stage presence, or for its production, there is plenty to say to the positive about this record. The only downside to the entire thing is that it is not available on DVD or Blu-ray. All things considered, there is plenty that audiences will appreciate about this live ZZ Top compilation. All of those positives make this record one that any ZZ Top fan will welcome into his or her music library. It is available now in stores and online. More information on the record is available online now along with all of ZZ Top’s latest news at:
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