go purchase the first six album box set on CD "ZZ Top Six Pack" sounds good to me. also try "Delguello"
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NO! have mercy, you are not the Lone Ranger, I agree with you completely. The remasters suck bad compared to the originals, but then so does everything they have put out since the release of sixpack (Rev. Willie G. signed copy). I don't know about other CD's. I would love to get First Album and RIo Grande Mud in the nonremastered mode, my Sixpack version of these two albums has gone just about everywhere I have gone and no longer functions properly (e.g., 'Just got back from baby's' will not play past 2 minutes). It's hammered.
But Mejames is right too, you have to get DeGuello. It isn't on the sixpack because I think ZZ doesn't own the rights to it or something. There is something funny going on with it anyway, I had to buy a german import and it cost a bunch. Of all I got , it's my favorite *because* it hasn't been resampled. Try gemm.com, if there are original releases out there, someone on there will have them for sale.
You are correct, sir! The remasters sound terrible to me, the sound is not what we had and enjoyed back in the good ol' days. Unfortunately, when the cds were released, I remember reading a quote from Bill Ham (their producer) where he claimed the remaster sound was what they had originally intended, and they were happy to finally give us that mix. Say it ain't so! I can't believe that, something must have happened in the production. Of course, listening to their later music (i.e. anything after Deguello) which sounds like doo doo, they might be right.
That awful sound is one of my main driving forces in getting a table and seeing just how bad my original lps are. (You know what can happen with that beer drinkin' music.)
Get a vinyl rig! Problem solved! Everything will sound better, not just ZZ Top. Stevie Ray, Robert Cray, Albert King, all of 'em. The Rega Planar 3 with the RB 300 and a Grado or Blue Point cartridge, for example, is cheap, and killer. There are other record players out there that sound great and can be had for about $1,000. I'll bet you can find all those records pretty easily and for $5 each. You shouldn't spend another nickel on equipment until you fix this hole.
The "greatest hits" album has some great sounding cuts, this is 1992 release 18 tracks, most sound quite good.
There are a couple of glaring exceptions that really sound bad like "tush" sounds like cheap mono track.
Other classic tracks like "legs" "cheap sunglasses" sound
remarkably good for main stream rock material.
Have not heard "six pack" set or individual remasters.
I have some old ZZ Top LP's that sound awesome! I havent heard a ZZ Top CD that comes close.I still cant figure out why people continue to agonize over being unable to get great (analog) sound.Look at the less than happy arrival of SACD. It was supposed to sound like good analog.I will keep my analog front end and continue to buy used LP's for next to nothing while the anti-vinyl continue their quest for good sound.