"This is like the best bar band you've ever heard. People who talk smack about George Thorogood are really missing the point. By playing such cranked-up versions of their music, he has undoubtedly introduced more people to Bo Diddley, Cuck Berry, Elmore James, and John Lee Hooker than any PBS documentary ever will.
If you want to collect Thorogood, his first two albums (this one and _Move It On Over_, both released by Rounder) are his best. He sold more copies later when he switched to EMI, but the records just aren't as consistent or fun. An unfortunate consequence of the label change is that both of the compilations put out by EMI miss out on classic material from the first two records, stuff like "Ride on Josephine", "You Got to Lose", and "It Wasn't Me". also recommended: the 1986 _Live_ set"
The historical context!!
Dr.D.Treharne | Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom | 04/25/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Way back then, having sought out the (very difficult to find in the UK) originals and tried to reconcile them what was going on in electric blues at the time I was told I should listen to George Thoroughgood - equally difficult to find! This album was everything that I wanted it to be, high energy, raw and considering how long it took to record, amazing quality.No matter that it had only two George Thoroughgood written tracks, it transformed some of the other tunes into something I could relate to. Thus Bo Diddleys "Ride on Josephine" and Earl Hookers "You got to lose" were headed in a direction that I could understand. 24 years later I still get the buzz that I had then when I put it. Surely that's the test of a great album? All that I need now is for someone to re-release "Rockin all Night" by Little Jimmy and Brothers of the Night the next album that the friend who introduced me to George Thoroughgood suggested that I try. It'd be great to listen to that and enjoy it all over again. Meantime,this one passes the test of time!"
Rock'n blues with rare feeelings!!!
Ricardo Neves Gonzalez | Petrópolis-R.J. Brazilfirstname.lastname@example.org | 12/30/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I really enjoy all of the Thorogood's albums,specially by his own way to play blues with rock'n roll way and bluesy feelings like few others ever did.This album is no exception,and he choose great tracks and play them with competency,in spite of poor technical quality of sound!!Great album.This is one of that albums we put to play in our car,took the highway to nowhere and...
I like the way of Thorogood's and sometimes he remembers me Hound Dog Taylor,specially the track 5,an Elmore James song.
He plays his guitar slide with sentiments only presents in the true blues musics!!
And his uncommon raucous voice such at track 6,is a permanent invitation to sensuous moments of really good music!!!
Great album...great debut,George!!!!"
Black man's blues with a white man's feel - for everybody
Joe Sherwood | London, UK | 05/01/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I must admit that George's 1st 2 albums are his best. His own compositions can't match to the way he does the covers. However, he adds something of his own to the covers which - in my opinion - make them even better - & certainly more contemporary - than the originals !Just saw him live twice in the UK. Man, that guy put on a show ! Can't Stop Lovin' is probably my all time favourite song & I ain't talkin' Elmore James's version !"
Decent bluesy rock and roll
Joe Sherwood | 07/31/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"What critics of George Thorogood and similar musicians fail to realize or acknowledge is that he has helped introduce people to the blues and roots rock and roll. It's not his fault that these original masters like Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, etc. have been ignored or underappreciated for their contributions. After listening to Thorogood myself, I was more inclined to investigate and listen to those great original masters of the genre. In this way, Thorogood has done these artists a service by bringing their music to the forefront. He has also acknowledged their contributions publicly. Those who level criticism against Thorogood must then be critical of any white artist who derives influence from the blues or black American music. Anyway, the album is one of Thorogood and the Destroyers' more varied releases."