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Chapter 106: Jessica

Classic & blues rock

Just when you thought blues rock couldn’t mutate any further, ZZ Top took a genre known for messy raw emotion and made it something it had never been before: glossy, razor-sharp, and clean. The selections here from ZZ, the Doobies and Ram Jam move like galloping horses made of chrome. They’re complemented by warmer (but still polished) hits like a momentous instrumental from the Allman Brothers, and a warning from Bob Seger about the pitfalls of Hollywood’s siren glow.
1. The Doobie Brothers

Long Train Runnin'

2. ZZ Top

La Grange

3. Ram Jam

Black Betty

4. Creedence Clearwater Revival

Have You Ever Seen the Rain

5. Stories

Brother Louie

6. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

Hollywood Nights

7. ZZ Top

Sharp Dressed Man

8. Stealers Wheel

Stuck in the Middle with You

9. The Allman Brothers Band


10. The Doobie Brothers

Jesus Is Just Alright