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.
|Studio album / Live album by|
|Released||April 18, 1975|
|Recorded||April 12, 1974 (tracks 1–3) December 30, 1974 – March 23, 1975|
|Genre||Texas blues, southern rock, boogie rock, blues rock, hard rock|
|ZZ Top chronology|
|Singles from Fandango!|
|Rolling Stone||(not rated)|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
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.
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.
- "Thunderbird" (Live) – 4:08
- "Jailhouse Rock" (Live) (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) (Live at The Warehouse, New Orleans) – 1:57
- "Backdoor Medley" (Live) – 9:25
- "Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings" – 2:42
- "Blue Jean Blues" – 4:43
- "Balinese" – 2:39
- "Mexican Blackbird" – 3:07
- "Heard It on the X" – 2:24
- "Tush" – 2:15
2006 remastered version bonus tracksEdit
- "Heard it on the X" (Live) - 2:36
- "Jailhouse Rock" (Live) (Leiber, Stoller) - 1:52
- "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. The Nightcaps performed the song and distributed it on their album Wine, Wine, Wine but never applied for copyright. 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. 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.
Album – Billboard (United States)
Singles – Billboard (United States)
- Fandango! at AllMusic
- https://www.rollingstone.com/artists/zztop/albums/album/198546/review/5941643/fandango Archived November 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
- 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.
- Dabou/sb v. Gibbons, 42 F.3d 285, 287 (5th Cir. 1995).
- Dabou/sb v. Gibbons at 287 and 287 n.1.
- Dabou/sb v. Gibbons at 291.