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Billy Gibbons Earliest Work with The Moving Sidewalks to be Re-Released

Published 8 years ago on September 12, 2012

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

Billy Gibbons Earliest Work with The Moving Sidewalks tobe Re-Released -

Many know Billy Gibbons solely for hiswork as founding guitarist of Texan boogie rock legends ZZTop. But before being rocketing to the heady heights ofrock's upper echelons, Gibbons was an integral part of psychedelicblues outift, The Moving Sidewalks.

The band was rather short lived, lasting from 1967 - 69, and theyreleased just the one album, 'Flash' in 1968. Theband was originally formed as the Coachmen before switching toThe Moving Sidewalks and they quickly became afixture in their native Houston. 

The success brought by the band's debut single '99thFloor' led to them scoring a record deal with Wand Records. In'67 the band released their second single, 'Need Me' whichled to them performing opening slots for JimiHendrix and the Doors.

The breakup of The Moving Sidewalks came whenbassist Don Summers & keyboardist Tom Moorewere drafted into the United States Army. Not long after, Gibbonsand drummer Dan Mitchell formed ZZ Topwith keyboardist Lainer Greg and the very first ZZTop track, 'Salt Lick' was recorded and releasedon LondonRecords. Come February 1970, Frank Beard andDusty Hill had replaced the pair and the rest, as theysay, is history.

Now some 50 years after their debut, The MovingSidewalks 'Complete Collection' has been announced and setfor release on Sept.25th. The collection will feature all of thetracks released on 'Flash' along with a number of non-LP singles,unreleased tracks and a unique cover of theBeatles 'I Want to Hold Your Hand.'

Moving Sidewalks, 'The Complete Collection' Track Listing

LP One

1. 'Flashback'
2. 'Scoun Da Be'
3. 'You Make Me Shake'
4. 'You Don't Know The Life'
5. 'Pluto-Sept. 31st'
6. 'No Good To Cry'
7. 'Crimson Witch'
8. 'Joe Blues'
9. 'Eclipse'
10. 'Reclipse'

LP Two

1. '99th Floor'
2. 'What Are You Going To Do'
3. 'What Are You Going To Do'

4. 'Need Me'
5. 'Every Night A New Surprise' (Ames)
6. 'Every Night A New Surprise' (Ames)
7. 'I Want To Hold Your Hand'
8. 'I Want To Hold Your Hand'
9. 'I Want To Hold Your Hand'
10. 'Stay Away'
11. 'Stay Away'
12. 'Headin' Out'
13. Billy Gibbons & The Fanatics
14. '99th Floor' - The Coachmen (featuring Billy Gibbons)
15. 'Stay Away' - The Coachmen (featuring Billy Gibbons)
16. '99th Floor' - The Coachmen (featuring Billy Gibbons)


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