Various Artists – ZZ Top – A Tribute From Friends (2001)

FrontCover1ZZ Top: A Tribute from Friends is the fourth tribute album to honor American rock band ZZ Top. It includes performances from Daughtry, Nickelback, Wolfmother, Filter and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith among others.ZZ Top: A Tribute from Friends is the fourth tribute album to honor American rock band ZZ Top. It includes performances from Daughtry, Nickelback, Wolfmother, Filter and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith among others.

The album includes 11 cover tracks such as “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Legs,” a combination of two songs “Waitin’ for the Bus”/”Jesus Just Left Chicago” and “La Grange.”

ZZ Top: A Tribute from Friends debuted at number 121 on the Billboard 200, and number 8 on the Top Hard Rock Albums, selling 4,000 copies. The album also debuted at number 151 on the Canadian Albums Chart. (by wikipedia)

ZZ Top: A Tribute from Friends, the second major-label tribute to that lil’ ol’ band from Texas, differs from 2002’s Sharp Dressed Men by piling on the rock & roll. Those loud longhair bands were shunned in 2002 — that compilation deliberately featured only modern country — and they overwhelm this brief erratic set. ZZ Top’s songs may not leave much room for interpretation, yet all the artists here manage to sound like themselves while serving up straightforward covers. Filter strip “Gimme All Your Lovin’” down to its mechanical rhythm, super-slick supergroup the M.O.B. — Steven Tyler singing with Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, and Jonny Lang — play like the pampered millionaires they are, Andrew Stockdale shrieks “Cheap Sunglasses” as if he were saluting Jack White, Wyclef Jean taps into the new wave heart of “Rough Boy,” while Nickelback and DAUGHTRY battle for the title of Guitar Center’s loudest band. Amidst this clamor are a handful of gems — Duff McKagan’s Loaded churn out “Got Me Under Pressure” like the old pros they are, Mastodon show some swing on “Just Got Paid,” Jamey Johnson rides the John Lee Hooker riff of “La Grange” for eight full minutes — but it takes some considerable effort to dig them out. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

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Personnel:

The M.O.B.:
Mick Fleetwood (drums, percussion)
John McVie (bass)
Jonny Lang (guitar)
Brett Tuggle (piano)
Steven Tyler (vocals, harmonica)

Filter:
Phil Buckman (bass)
Bob Marlette (guitar, programming)

Filter

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals:
Matthew Burr (drums)
Grace Potter (bass, vocals)
Scott Tournet (guitar)

Nickelback:
Daniel Adair (drums)
Chad Kroeger (guitar, vocals)

Bass – Mike KroegerDrums – Electric Guitar – Ryan PeakeLead Vocals, Electric Guitar –

Wolfmother:
Aidan Nemeth (guitar)
Ian Peres (bass, keyboards, background vocals)
Will Rockwell-Scott (drums)
Andrew Stockdale (vocals, guitar)

Wolfmother

Duff McKagan’s Loaded;
Isaac Carpenter (drums)
Duff McKagan (vocals, guitar)
Jeff Rouse (bass)
Mike Squires (guitar)

Coheed and Cambria:
Chris Pennie (drums)
Claudio Sanchez (vocals, guitar, bass)
Travis Stever (guitar, background vocals)

Mastodon:
Brann Dailor (drums, background vocals)
Billy F. Gibbons (guitar)
Brent Hinds (vocals, guitar)
Bill Kelliher (guitar, background vocals)
Troy Sanders (bass, background vocals)

Wyclef Jean:
Akene (synthesizer)
rden Altino (synthesizer)
Jimmy Cozier (background vocals)
Mr. Hudson (bass, drums, synthesizer, background vocals)
Wyclef Jean (vocals)

Daughtry:
Howard Benson (keyboards)
Brian Craddock (guitar)
Chris Daughtry (vocals)
Robin Diaz (drums)
Josh Paul (bass)
Josh Steely (guitar)

Daughtry

Jamey Johnson:
Wayd Battle (guitar)
Jim “Moose” Brown (keyboards)
Billy F Gibbons (guitar, vocals)
Kevin “Swine” Grant (bass)
Jamey Johnson (vocals, guitar)
“Cowboy” Eddie Long (steel-guitar)
Chris Powell (drums)
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Tracklist:
01. The M.O.B.: Sharp Dressed Man (Gibbons/Hill/Beard) 4.03
02. Filter: Gimme All Your Lovin’ (Gibbons/Hill/Beard) 3.10
03. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals: Tush (Gibbons/Hill/Beard) 2.49
04. Nickelback: Legs (Gibbons/Hill/Beard) 3.15
05. Wolfmother: Cheap Sunglasses (Gibbons/Hill/Beard) 4.14
06. Duff McKagan’s Loaded: Got Me Under Pressure (Gibbons/Hill/Beard) 3.48
07. Coheed and Cambria: Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers (Gibbons/Hill/Beard) 3.13
08. Mastodon: Just Got Paid (Gibbons/Ham) 3.35
09. Wyclef Jean: Rough Boy (Gibbons/Hill/Beard) 3.05
10. Daughtry: Waitin’ For The Bus (Gibbons/Hill) / Jesus Just Left Chicago (Gibbons/Hill/Beard) 6.31
11. Jamey Johnson: La Grange (Gibbons/Hill/Beard) 8.04

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