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Eliminator is the eighth album by the reknowned American Rock band ZZ Top. It was released on March 23, 1983. Recorded in Tennessee during 1982, the album was produced by the band’s manager Bill Ham and peaked at the top of the charts in many countries. Five tracks were released as singles with Gimme All Your Lovin’, Legs and Sharp Dressed Man the most successful singles. TV Dinners and Got Me Under Pressure were the less successful 45’s.

The band wanted to expand on the synth sound of their 1981 record El Loco. Influenced by new wave and bands like The Cars and Devo, Eliminator′s tracks were recorded with a combination of the synthesizer and drum machine.

Eliminator received widespread critical acclaim, often considered ZZ Top’s most popular release, the record has appeared in several publications’ best albums lists. It was ranked at number 396 in Rolling Stone magazine’s choice of the 500 Greatest Rock Albums Of All Time and was listed at number 39 in The 100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s.

After the success of “Legs”, Eliminator was reissued with the song’s edited single mix replacing the original version. The single version was also used when Eliminator was issued on CD in 1984. In 2008, Eliminator was reissued and remastered, with the addition of bonus tracks and a DVD containing music videos and live performances. The original version of “Legs” was restored, making its first appearance on CD, while the single mix of the song remained on the album as a bonus track.