New ZZ Top Box Will Include Original Mixes of First 10 Albums

New ZZ Top Box Will Include Original Mixes of First 10 Albums

(Courtesy of http://ultimateclassicrock.com/) – ZZ Top have a new box set coming out in June, and this time they’re getting it right. The 10-CD ‘ZZ Top: The Complete Studio Albums (1970-1990)’ will include, for the first time, the original mixes of the band’s early records. That’s great news for anyone who’s been stuck listening to the ’80s remixes of these classic albums for all these years.

The box, which will be released on June 10, includes ‘ZZ Tops’ First Album’ (1971), ’Rio Grande Mud’ (1972), ’Tres Hombres’ (1973), ’Fandango!’ (1975), ‘Tejas’ (1976), ’Degüello’ (1979), ’El Loco’ (1981), ’Eliminator‘ (1983), ’Afterburner’ (1985) and ’Recycler’ (1990). Each will come packaged in a sleeve that reproduces the original album. For ‘Tres Hombres’ and ‘Tejas,’ this means gatefold sleeves.

Best of all, ‘ZZ Top’s First Album,’ ‘Rio Grande Mud’ and ‘Tejas’ will feature those LPs’ original mixes, not the mixes included on the 1987 box set ‘Six Pack,’ and subsequent reissues, which beefed up the ’70s production with ’80s-style percussion to mirror the more modern sounds found on the multiplatinum ‘Eliminator’ and the followup record, ‘Afterburner.’

Longtime fans have complained over the years that the ’80s’ remixes of these early albums strip away the original primal blues boogie that they remember hearing on their vinyl LPs. For younger listeners raised on the remixed CDs, the original mixes of these albums should come as revelation.