Saturday, December 12, 2009
George THOROGOOD & The DESTROYERS - Greatest Hits, 30 Years Of Rock 2004
Non-stop boogie from the bar blues king. Early on, when Thorogood was getting his start in smoke-filled pubs, he burned through tunes with a really hot band behind him. Not that there's anything wrong with the super-produced "I Drink Alone"-era stuff, especially if you're harboring a serious grudge against your liver.
By Mike McGuirk.
Released to celebrate the 30th anniversary of George Thorogood & the Destroyers -- their first album may not have come out until 1977, but they cut their first sessions in 1974 -- Capitol's Greatest Hits: 30 Years of Rock was designed to replace 1992's The Baddest of George Thorogood and the Destroyers as the band's definitive single-disc overview. Considering that the 1992 disc is out of print (as is the exhaustive and exhausting 1997 double-disc set Anthology), this does indeed stand as the best compilation currently in print, and even edges out Baddest by running a little bit longer and containing more of his late-'80s/early-'90s radio hits. The thing is, it doesn't contain all of his hits -- "Treat Her Right," which was on the previous comp, is missing, as are several other charting songs: "Born to Be Bad," "Hello Little Girl," "I'm a Steady Rollin' Man," "Howlin' for My Baby," "Gone Dead Train," and "I Don't Trust Nobody." Chances are, most listeners won't notice that they are missing since not only are all of his big hits here -- "Madison Blues," "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer," "Move It On Over," "Who Do You Love," "Bad to the Bone," "I Drink Alone," "Gear Jammer," "Willie and the Hand Jive," "You Talk Too Much," "If You Don't Start Drinkin' (I'm Gonna Leave)," "Get a Haircut" -- but because all of his songs pretty much sound exactly the same, all in the same key with the same riffs, same guitar licks, same lunkheaded vocals. For anybody who is not a fan, this makes listening to George Thorogood a maddening experience, but fans will find this to be a satisfying overview, even if it falls just short of being complete. [The set was also issued with an accompanying DVD. It featured videos for "Bad to the Bone" and "Who Do You Love?," the latter in a previously unreleased remix form. The DVD also included three unreleased live performances dating from 1985, as well as footage of Thorogood's 30th anniversary tour.]
By Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide.
01. Madison Blues 4:28
02. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer 8:26
03. Move It On Over 4:19
04. Who Do You Love? 4:25
05. Bad To The Bone (2004 Digital Remaster) 4:49
06. I Drink Alone (2004 Digital Remaster) 4:32
07. Gear Jammer (2004 Digital Remaster) 4:33
08. Willie And The Hand Jive (2004 Digital Remaster) 4:03
09. The Sky Is Crying (Live) (2004 Digital Remaster) 8:01
10. Reelin' And Rockin' (Live) (2004 Digital Remaster) 5:49
11. You Talk Too Much (2004 Digital Remaster) 4:34
12. If You Don't Start Drinkin' (I'm Gonna Leave) (2004 Digital Remaster) 4:11
13. Get A Haircut (2004 Digital Remaster) 4:07
14. Rockin' My Life Away (Alternate Take) 3:28
15. American Made 4:06
16. Who Do You Love? (Tom Rothrock Remix 2004) 3:34