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Album Review

George Thorogood hasn't changed his sound one iota over the years, and his Destroyers (bass player Billy Blough and drummer Jeff Simon) have always given him a driving, simple backdrop for his rough-hewed vocals and spiky guitar playing. Not changing his approach (not that he should), though, means that his early records are still probably the ones to look for, and since this set takes key tracks (including his fun covers of John Lee Hooker's "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" and Elmore James' "The Sky Is Crying") from his first two albums, 1977's George Thorogood & the Destroyers and 1978's Move It on Over, it makes a nice little sampler of where it all started — and then stayed.


Born: 24 December 1950 in Wilmington, DE

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A blues-rock guitarist who draws his inspiration from Elmore James, Hound Dog Taylor, and Chuck Berry, George Thorogood never earned much respect from blues purists, but he became a popular favorite in the early '80s through repeated exposure on FM radio and the arena rock circuit. Thorogood's music was always loud, simple, and direct — his riffs and licks were taken straight out of '50s Chicago blues and rock & roll — but his formulaic approach helped him gain a rather large audience...
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