The Very Baddest
In 2014, ZZ Top issued The Very Baddest, a 40-song compilation bringing music from three different labels onto one release. At 40 tracks, The Very Baddest has all the hits and it reaches into the studio albums for the beloved deep cuts, covering the basic radio and MTV hits (“Sharp Dressed Man,” “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Tush,” “Cheap Sunglasses,” “Legs” in its single version) and the band’s early classics (“Jesus Just Left Chicago,” “La Grange”), and slips a handful of further essentials (“Pearl Necklace,” “I Heard It on the X,” “Just Got Paid”) into the mix. ZZ Top have always been a most unlikely group to nail down a mass audience (who knew long, bushy beards were commercial?), yet they’ve sold more than 50 million units of their shuffles and Texas blues. They prove that quality musicianship and a solid lineup—it's been Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard since 1969—are sometimes all it takes.