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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Rounder Records artist: George Thorogood and the Destroyers - Move It On Over - New Release Review

I just received the new remastered recording of George Thorogood's Classic Move It On Over which will be released on July 30, 2013 and it sounds as fresh as the first time I heard it. Thorogood opens the release with a ripping rewrite of Hank Williams' classic Move It On Over. With reckless abandon, Thorogood plays his slide guitar and it was the sound that changed the face of rock/blues for a long time to come. Bo Diddly's Who Do You Love? follows and Thorogood does a great job in enhancing an already classic track. On Elmore James' The Sky Is Crying, Thorogood plays super primitive slide guitar style and with his fresh singing style does a terrific job of delivery on this superb track. A western attack of Cocaine Blues is a nice breather from the down and dirty giving the listener a finger pickin exhibition. On Chuck Berry's It Wasn't Me, Thorogood (and band, Jeff Simon on drums and Billy Blough on bass) delivers a fairly straight forward rendition of the track with flashy rock guitar riffs. On Willie Dixion's That Same Thing, Thorogood really has the deep grindy deep voice and cool slide work that he has become known for. Brownie McGee's So Much Trouble is done rockabilly style with a lot of spunk. Thorogood really hit on all cylinders with this entry release and it's no surprise listening to it over 30 years later and finding it still is fresh and invigorating. James Moore's I'm Just Your Good Thing is a strong R&B style blues track giving Thorogood a chance to sing in more of a ballad set up. Homesick James' Baby Please Set A Date is done Elmore James style with flaming slide guitar riffs but with Thorogood's trademark romp. Finishing up with Elmore James' New Hawaiian Boogie, Thorogood puts a flaming hot exclamation point on a really superb release! I personally have owned this recording since it's first release and sitting back and listening to it today for the first time in a decade it reminds me just how good it really is. More than a coup for existing Thorogood fans but a major find for any blues and rock listener who may not have recently or ever heard this fine set! Bravo Rounder!

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