The 30th Anniversary second re-release of the eighth full-length studio album by legendary American Blues/New Wave/Synth-Rock/Hard Rock band.
A Diamond certified album, "Eliminator" is ZZ Top's most commercially successful release, with sales of over 10 million copies in the United States alone.
ZZ Top had reached the top of the charts before, but that didn't make their sudden popularity in 1983 any more predictable. It wasn't that they were just popular - they were hip, for God's sake, since they were one of the only AOR favorites to figure out to harness the stylish, synthesized grooves of New Wave, and then figure out how to sell it on MTV. Of course, it helped that they had songs that deserved to be hits. With "Gimme All Your Lovin'", "Sharp Dressed Man" and "Legs", they had their greatest set of singles since the heady days of "Tres Hombres". The songs alone would have made "Eliminator" one of ZZ Top's three greatest albums, but their embrace of synths and sequencers made it a blockbuster hit, since it was the sound of the times.
It's still an excellent ZZ Top album, one of their best, yet it sounds like a mechanized ZZ Top thanks to the unflaggingly accurate grooves. Then again, that's part of the album's charm - this is New Wave Blues Rock, glossed up for the video, looking as good as the omnipresent convertible on the cover and sounding irresistible. Not the sort the old-school fans or Blues Rock purists will love, but ZZ Top never sounded as much like a band of its time as they did here!
Three of "Eliminator"'s five Singles appeared in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. "Gimme All Your Lovin'", released in April 1983, went to the number two position.
Often considered ZZ Top's most popular release, the record was ranked at number 398 in Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and was listed at number 39 in The 100 Greatest Albums of the 80s. In 2005, "Eliminator" was listed in Rock Hard Magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.
Warner Bros. Records Inc./Rhino Records, a Warner Music Group Company, 1983/2013 (8122796555). Made in Germany. 180 gram vinyl.
1. Gimme All Your Lovin' 3:59
2. Got Me Under Pressure 3:59
3. Sharp Dressed Man 4:13
4. I Need You Tonight 6:14
5. I Got The Six 2:52
1. Legs 4:35
2. Thug 4:17
3. TV Dinners 3:50
4. Dirty Dog 4:05
5. If I Could Only Flag Her Down 3:40
6. Bad Girl 3:16
Total playing time: 45:00 min.