Tres Hombres is the record that brought ZZ Top their first Top Ten record, making them stars in the process. It couldn't have happened to a better record. ZZ Top finally got their low-down, cheerfully sleazy blooze-n-boogie right on this, their third album. As their sound gelled, producer Bill Ham discovered how to record the trio so simply that they sound indestructible, and the group brought the best set of songs they'd ever have to the table. On the surface, there's nothing really special about the record, since it's just a driving blues-rock album from a Texas bar band, but that's what's special about it. It has a filthy groove and an infectious feel, thanks to Billy Gibbons' growling guitars and the steady propulsion of Dusty Hill and Frank Beard's rhythm section. They get the blend of bluesy shuffles, gut-bucket rocking, and off-beat humor just right. ZZ Top's very identity comes from this earthy sound and songs as utterly infectious as "Waitin' for the Bus," "Jesus Just Left Chicago," "Move Me on Down the Line," and the John Lee Hooker boogie "La Grange." In a sense, they kept trying to remake this record from this point on -- what is Eliminator if not Tres Hombres with sequencers and synthesizers? -- but they never got it better than they did here.
Performance CreditsZZ Top Primary Artist
Frank Beard Drums
Billy Gibbons Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Dusty Hill Bass Guitar,Vocals
Technical CreditsGreg Allen Art Direction
Frank Beard Composer
Rube Beard Contributor
Billy Gibbons Composer,Contributor
Bill Ham Producer
Dusty Hill Composer,Contributor
Bill Narum Cover Art
Bob Merlis Liner Notes
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Tres Hombres [Bonus Tracks] based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
One of the greatest Texas Boogie albums of all time, not surprising as most of the others were done by ZZ Top as well! With this one opening with "Waiting for the Bus" and "Jesus just left Chicago" its hard not to jump in your truck and hit the road from the very first note but then we also get that definitive ZZ Top classic "La Grange" as well! This CD gives us three Live bonus tracks which happen to be the three great songs mentioned above. What a great album! If ya aint got it, get it! Buy an extra one to keep in your truck!
This album from the "Little 'ole band from Texas" absolutely "smokes in grease"! From the stacatto opening of "Waitin' On A Bus" and proceeding throughout the entire album, this Texas Trio definitely establish themselves as the "Kings of Lone Star Sleaze Blues". If you're a blues-rock lover like me you probably already have this great recording on vinyl. If not, and you don't already have the CD....what are you waitin' for? I promise you this...you will absolutely wear it out!
By far there most down to earth stuff.Could not get enough of the guitar.