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ZZ Top: Greatest Hits

David Cavanagh, Q, June 1992

THERE IS already one ZZ Top compilation in the shops, and thereby hangs a tale. Entitled The Best Of ZZ Top, it was released in 1977 as a symbolic drawing of the veil over the band's five-album US-only deal for London Records, which had seen their amiably addictive Texan boogie take off to such a degree that in the south they smashed concert records set by Elvis and Led Zeppelin. They were by no means, however, a celebrity combo. The Best Of ZZ Top accordingly gatecrashed the US Top 100 at 94 before being intercepted by security and swiftly reacquainted with the sidewalk.

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