Friday, August 2, 2013

CD Review: Rounder Records Revisits Some Classic George Thorogood And The Destroyers

Back in 1977, nobody gave the blues a shot of adrenaline like George Thorogood & The Destroyers. Their self-titled debut album and the follow-up "Move It On Over" would become the biggest of their career on Rounder Records and are now finally being reissued on CD. The two albums have been remastered from the original analog tapes and were released on July 30th through the original record label that released them over 35 years ago.
The first album is the set up album that introduced the work of this young guitar-slinger name George Thorogood. He and his band The Destroyers would turn some of these lost blues classics by the likes of Robert Johnson and Elmore James into newly discovered blues staples. Songs like "Madison Blues" and "Ride On Josephine" fit the young trio's sound perfectly. Thorogood also expands his electric blues guitar to the acoustic side with a powerful version of Johnson's "Kind Hearted Woman" and a the backwoods country of "John Hardy." The album revolves around the eight-plus minute story of John Lee Hooker's "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer," which is still played on classic rock radio today.
Without skipping a beat, Thorogood & The Destroyers entered the recording studio the following year to create another truly exceptional blues album. Originally released in 1978, Thorogood honed his skills on the guitar and turned the blues classics "Move It On Over" and "Who Do You Love" into instant classic rock hits. The add their country-flavor to the album with a speedy version of TJ Arnall's "Cocaine Blues," which was made famous by Johnny Cash. The boys get down and dirty on their cover of Willie Dixon's "That Same Thing" and show their hearts on their sleeve on the heart-breaking blues of "I'm Just Your Good Thing." Thorogood & The Destroyers end the album with some blazing guitars solos in the instrumental "New Hawaiian Boogie."
George Thorogood & The Destroyers would go on to achieve bigger success with their 1982 album "Bad To The Bone," but these two first albums paved the way for blues to be a part of the classic rock world. To find out more about these releases, please visit

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