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Tres Hombres © ZZ Top, London Records [Fair Use]
Tres Hombres © ZZ Top, London Records [Fair Use]

Tres Hombres (Spanish for “three men”) is the third album by ZZ Top, released in July 1973. The album was the first time the band worked with Terry Manning as engineer. It was a successful combination as the release was the band’s commercial breakthrough.

In the U.S., the album entered the Top 10, while the single “La Grange” peaked at number 41 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The two tracks “Waitin’ for the Bus” and “Jesus Just Left Chicago” segue seamlessly into each other. Although there are many stories of it being a “mistake,” it is in fact an intentional effect according to the album’s engineer Terry Manning, who performed the edit.

At the height of ZZ Top’s success in the mid-1980s a digitally remixed version of the recording was released on CD and the original 1973 mix was no longer issued. The remix version created controversy among fans because it significantly changed the sound of the instruments, especially the drums. The remix version was used on all early CD copies and was the only version available for over 20 years.

A remastered and expanded edition of the album was released on February 28, 2006, which contains three bonus live tracks. The 2006 edition is the first CD version to use Terry Manning’s original 1973 mix. Subsequent releases on digital platforms such as iTunes have used the original mix as well.

Track listing

1. “Waitin’ for the Bus”
2. “Jesus Just Left Chicago”
3. “Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers”
4. “Master of Sparks”
5. “Hot, Blue and Righteous”
6. “Move Me on Down the Line”
7. “Precious and Grace”
8. “La Grange”
9. “Shiek”
10. “Have You Heard?”

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