10 Masterpieces Overlooked By Legendary Hard Rock Bands

Some bands, naturally, become indelibly tied to certain songs, most often their biggest radio hits.

These are the tracks that even the most casual fan will know and appreciate; those who will appear at the top of any online search and, to some extent, define a legacy. However, hardcore fans will appreciate that such numbers often only scratch the surface of what a particular band is and/or capable of.

That’s not to say these well-known concert staples aren’t great, of course, but the time invested brings its own rewards. When it comes to legendary bands like the ones featured here, it’s almost invariably true that for every hit that explodes up the charts, there’s an equally brighter, more nuanced, slower song that will never enjoy the same. time in the Sun.

The list served here is dedicated to all those who are never satisfied with a “greatest hits” collection; those music lovers who tirelessly and happily explore a band’s entire discography to absorb hidden gems, eccentric left turns, works in progress and, yes, even duds.

You won’t find any duds among these ten though, just hidden delights to lay back and absorb at your leisure.

“We could tell we had something special,” ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons said of the band’s 1973 album, Tres Hombres. Indeed, they had.

Tres Hombres remains one of ZZ Top’s most beloved records for good reason. You can choose from a number of great songs here, including the band’s first US single, La Grange, and blues rocker wonder Jesus Just Left Chicago. Tucked away not-so-innocently towards the end of side one, the swaggering delight that is Master Of Sparks has arguably been overlooked.

There’s an amazing story to this song, which perhaps sums up the band’s wild humor.

As Billy Gibbons told Sound Magazine in a 1976 interview, “A good friend and I put our heads together one day to weld a bunch of vacuum gauge, which is the kind of pipe they use to build windmills, in a steel cage, a ball We put a door on it, a seat belt on a bucket seat. There were even shock absorbers to cushion the points of impact. Then we’d get drunk and roll this thing in the back of a pickup truck about fifty miles an hour and when it hit the ground it sent a rooster tail of sparks a hundred feet through the air. “

Virginia F. Goins