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Album Review

MCA Special Products' Nadine is a repackaging of the material that comprised Better Than the Rest, which itself was a compilation of unreleased demos that George Thorogood recorded for MCA in 1974. The recordings capture Thorogood's bull-headed boogie in its formative stages, and while he hadn't quite found the right tone, there are enough flashes of his future self to make it of interest to hardcore fans who have never heard this music.

Customer Reviews

Lonesome George fans MUST HAVE this collection!

This is excellent early Thorogood. The iTunes "Liner Notes" review above seems to hint that this album is a bit 'inferior' to later Thorogood (after he "refined" his style). I strongly disagree. Beyond his masterful guitar and raw, honest vocals, what sets George Thorogood apart from the crowd is his level of "gritty energy" and devotion to the genre. This collection has all the devotion and energy you would expect and even more "grit" than "refined" Thorogood... and that's what makes me love this album. This album shows sides of Thorogood's guitar prowess that you never knew existed... such as the slide guitar work on "You're Gonna Miss Me" and "Huckle Up Baby" -- it is outrageously good! The slow-driving old-school blues number "Goodbye Baby" is a departure from his traditional hard-driving style, but George does it here to perfection. Standard fast-paced Thorogood is definitely present here as well... this version of Chuck Berry's "Nadine" is absolutely flawless and (dare I say it?) better than the original... as is the classic "Night-Time". In my humble opintion, many of these selections rival (and maybe even surpass) a lot of the newer, more "refined" George Thorogood. As I said in the title: if you're a fan of ol' Lonesome George, buy this album. You won't regret it.

One of the best

I've been a fan of this album since I was a little kid. It came out when I was 9 and my first listen was on vinyl and then on tape. I lost the tape years ago and was bummed when Itunes did not have it. Just checked today and it is finally here! downloaded and jamming right now! To me, this is raw, and beautiful at the same time. I've seen george live and he puts on one hell of a show. George, this is your best work!

Night Time

The album is so-so but the recording of "Night Time" is the best I've ever heard. Rock on, George

Biography

Born: December 24, 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 in the '80s,...
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