In this blog post, we’ll be looking at the top ten best zz top album covers. This list is compiled based on a variety of factors, including how well the cover art reflects the music and lyrics to its popularity among fans.
#1 – zz TOP Tres Hombres (1973)
This album cover features a picture of three men on horseback in front of an old barn. The photo is black and white with three separate pictures that have been merged together due to wear and tear over time. It’s one of my favorite albums because it has such personality, but I also appreciate how it reflects what zz Top are all about: country rock n’ roll!
#2 – zz TOP Tejas (1975)
Another one of zz Top’s classic albums, this cover features a black and white photo that is cut off at the bottom because it was originally used for the back of an album. It has zz Top written in red lettering with picturesque scenery on either side.
This first two covers are my favorite because they both have such character! I really like how each one reflects what zz Top represents: country rock n’ roll!
The top ten best zz top album covers – In this blog post, we’ll be looking at the top ten best ZZ TOP album covers. This list is compiled based on a variety of factors, including how well the cover art reflects the music, how memorable the cover is and if it’s one of zz Top’s classic albums.
#11 – Eliminator (1983)
This album has a dark, almost sci-fi feel to it. It features two robots blasting at each other with laser guns in outer space! I really like this cover because its such an interesting scene that doesn’t seem out of place for zz Top.
N/A – Deguello (1979)
I’m sorry but there are no pictures available for me to post on my blog about zz TOP Deguello so unfortunately this will have to be left blank 🙁 Maybe you can try googling ‘ZZ TOP DEGUELLO’ or something? The album cover is a photograph of three cowboys, two with revolvers tucked in their belts and one smoking a cigar on the right.
#21 – Rhythmeen (1990)
I was trying to find an album cover for zz TOP’s 1990 release called ‘Rhythm’ so I could add it to my list but there are no pictures available! 🙁 Again, sorry about that, maybe you can google “ZZ Top Rhythm” or something? In any case this leaves me with nine top ZZ TOP covers.
The back of the CD features four country boys atop motorcycles at dusk driving down a dirt road. As if they didn’t have enough guitars already… 🙂 The image looks quintessentially Texan making it a perfect cover for the Tex-Mex sound of this album.
#20 – Rio Grande Mud (1972)
This Texas trio were already well on their way to stardom when they released ‘Rio Grand Mud’ in 1972 but it only appeared on number 15 on the Billboard charts due to poor promotion from Warner Bros who dropped them following its release. The cowboy image was used as an homage to their hardworking roots and it also served as inspiration for the band’s name, ZZ Top!
The back of the CD features three cowboys with hats slung low across their foreheads watching herd after herd graze lazily through golden fields. It perfectly captures that lazy country charm typical of music coming out of Texas in the 70s.
#19 – El Loco (1981)
This album’s cover maybe be a little out of place but it perfectly encapsulates that carefree spirit and rowdy, boisterous fun found on this LP. The sunset is set against the great expanse of Texas as if to say there’s no other place they’d rather be than home! It also features an image from their live show at Knott’s Berry Farm which was close to their hometown Dallas so serves as both a reminder of where they come from and who they are. Cowboy hats off for this one!
The back of ‘El Loco’ has three cowboys sitting around playing poker with piles upon piles of chips stacked in front of them. You can’t help but think that’s what the guys were up to in their spare time before they hit it big with this one!
#14 – Fandango (1975)
The cover for ‘Fandango’ is a closeup shot of Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill sitting on horseback, as if we’re getting to know them better through the lens of film rather than just looking at album art. The image has been tinted sepia tone which gives it an old fashioned feel while also conjuring up images from Western movies about cowboys who are more concerned with having fun than making money. It’s these little touches make us want to take a ride into town ourselves.