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Fandango! is the fourth studio album by the American blues rock band ZZ Top, released in 1975. Half the tracks are selections from live shows, the rest are new songs from the studio. A remastered and expanded edition of this album was released on February 28, 2006.

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Studio album / Live album by
ReleasedApril 18, 1975[1]
RecordedApril 12, 1974 (tracks 1–3) December 30, 1974 – March 23, 1975
GenreTexas blues, southern rock, boogie rock, blues rock, hard rock
ProducerBill Ham
ZZ Top chronology
Tres Hombres
Singles from Fandango!
  1. "Heard It on the X"
    Released: 1975
  2. "Tush"
    Released: 1975
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone(not rated)[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[4]


Album titleEdit

Fandango, from which the album gets its name, is a type of dance similar to flamenco.


Frontman Billy Gibbons said of the album:

The live capture wound up being in the can first. We had enough live material to make up one side of the disc, so we decided to go with the unusual move of making the album half live, half studio. It turned out to be a winning combination for us.[5]

In the late 1980s a digitally remixed version of the recording was released on CD and the original 1975 mix version was discontinued. The remix version created controversy among fans because it significantly changed the sound of the instruments, especially drums. The remix version was used on all early CD copies and was the only version available for over 20 years. A remastered and expanded edition of the album was released on February 28, 2006, containing three bonus live tracks. The 2006 edition is the first CD version to use Terry Manning's original 1975 mix. The album was re-released in 2009 on 180 gram vinyl using the original master tapes. It appears exactly the same except that it had a 180 gram vinyl LP sticker, by Back to Vinyl records.


The only single released from the album was "Tush". The single peaked at #20 on the US Billboard Hot 100, making it the band's first top 40 single.

Track listingEdit

All songs by Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard except where noted.

Side one

  1. "Thunderbird" (Live) – 4:08
  2. "Jailhouse Rock" (Live) (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) (Live at The Warehouse, New Orleans) – 1:57
  3. "Backdoor Medley" (Live) – 9:25
    • "Backdoor Love Affair" (Gibbons, Bill Ham) – 1:10
    • "Mellow Down Easy" (Willie Dixon) – 3:39
    • "Backdoor Love Affair No. 2" (Gibbons) – 2:05
    • "Long Distance Boogie" (John Lee Hooker) – 2:32

Side two

  1. "Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings" – 2:42
  2. "Blue Jean Blues" – 4:43
  3. "Balinese" – 2:39
  4. "Mexican Blackbird" – 3:07
  5. "Heard It on the X" – 2:24
  6. "Tush" – 2:15

2006 remastered version bonus tracksEdit

  1. "Heard it on the X" (Live) - 2:36
  2. "Jailhouse Rock" (Live) (Leiber, Stoller) - 1:52
  3. "Tush" (Live) - 3:42

Tracks 1-3 (side A of the original LP) were recorded live at The Warehouse in New Orleans on April 12 1974, "captured as it came down-hot, spontaneous and presented to you honestly, without the assistance of studio gimmicks". Tracks 4-9 (side B) were new studio recordings.

Tracks 10-12 (of the expanded 2006 version) were recorded live at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey, on August 30, 1980.


"Thunderbird" was originally written and performed by The Nightcaps, a band formed in the 1950s when the members were teenagers.[6] The Nightcaps performed the song and distributed it on their album Wine, Wine, Wine but never applied for copyright.[6] ZZ Top began performing its version of the song in 1975, and has conceded that its version is lyrically and musically identical to the Nightcaps' song.[7] The Nightcaps sued ZZ Top for, among other things, copyright infringement, but their claims were dismissed because, in part, ZZ Top had registered a copyright on the song in 1975.[8]


  • Billy Gibbons – guitar, vocals
  • Dusty Hill – bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Jailhouse Rock", "Balinese", and "Tush", co-lead vocals on "Backdoor Medley" and "Heard It on the X"
  • Frank Beard – drums, percussion


  • Producer – Bill Ham
  • Engineers – Jim Reeves, John L. Venable, and, Norman Mershon for Record Plant Truck. Robin Brians, Terry Kane, Bob Ludwig (mastering), Terry Manning
  • Album concept – Bill Ham
  • Design – Bill Narum
  • Photography – John Dekalb


AlbumBillboard (United States)

Year Chart Position
1975 Pop Albums 10

SinglesBillboard (United States)

Year Single Chart Position
1975 "Tush" Pop Singles 20


  1. ^
  2. ^ Fandango! at AllMusic
  3. ^ Archived November 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Cross, Charles R. (2004). "ZZ Top". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 907–8. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b Dabou/sb v. Gibbons, 42 F.3d 285, 287 (5th Cir. 1995).
  7. ^ Dabou/sb v. Gibbons at 287 and 287 n.1.
  8. ^ Dabou/sb v. Gibbons at 291.