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  • thorogoodmontreux2013coverGeorge Thorogood & The Destroyers Live At Montreux 2013
    George Thorogood & The Destroyers
    Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
    Released: November 19, 2013
    Reviewed: November 24, 2013

    I don’t know about y’all, but when I think of the phrase, “Good time rock ‘n roll”, one of the first bands that come to mind is George Thorogood & The Destroyers. I mean, really. When you listen to the man’s entire body of work, he is the epitome of the phrase. In fact, I’d wager that, if you were feeling down, all you would have to do is pop some GT in your player and you would be in a far better mood by the second verse of the first song you heard. He’s had this effect on his fans for over thirty years, bringing his brand of fun music to venues large and small alike.

    Earlier this year, George Thorogood & The Destroyers brought their hard-rockin’ blues to the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival for the first time -- an event that hosted many of the artists that inspired them. Delivering a high-octane performance as only they can, the band delved into their rich repertoire, performing songs stretching back to their eponymous 1977 debut album, right up through their most recent releases. “Who Do You Love?” “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” “Move It On Over,” “Bad To The Bone,” -- these classic and many others are all performed to perfection on Live At Montreux 2013.

    Since the mid-seventies, George Thorogood & The Destroyers have solidified a legacy as musical icons. With their all-American brand of Rock ‘N’ Roll, they have achieved massive success, with 16 studio albums and worldwide sales of over 15 million. Taking cues from ‘50s Chicago blues, and drawing inspirations from the likes of Elmore James, Hound Dog Taylor, and Chuck Berry, Thorogood & The Destroyers cranked the volume, intensity, and rebellious attitude. Live At Montreux 2013 brilliantly showcases their long-overdue debut at the famed jazz festival.

    Don’t rob yourself of some good time rock ‘n roll. Add this DVD to your video library for a rainy day.

    Track Listing

    1) Rock Party

    2) Who Do You Love?

    3) Help Me

    4) Night Time (On DVD and Blu-ray only)

    5) I Drink Alone
    6) One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer

    7) Cocaine Blues

    8) Get A Haircut

    9) Bad To The Bone

    10) Move It On Over

    11) Tail Dragger

    12) Madison Blues

  • geothorogooddestroyerscovermoveitonovercoverGeorge Thorogood and the Destroyers / Move It On Over
    Artist: George Thorogood and the Destroyers
    Label: Rounder Records
    Released: July 30, 2013
    Reviewed: July 28, 2013

    When George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers burst onto the national scene in 1977, roots rock music was all but absent from contemporary radio. Yet, the focus and excitement that George brought to the classic songs of his idols such as Chuck Berry, Elmore James, and Jimmy Reed was undeniable. Rounder Records had its first hit artist and the late 1978 release of his second album soon had Thorogood’s interpretations of Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love?” and Hank Williams’ “Move It On Over” blanketing the airwaves.

    On July 30, 2013, Rounder Records will re-release Thorogood’s first two albums, 1977’s George Thorogood and 1978’s Move It On Over.

    The band’s stamina in its early years is legendary. In 1981, just before opening 11 dates for the Rolling Stones (and later their 1982 European tour), George and the band embarked on their “50 States in 50 Dates” tour, traveling in a Checker Cab (flying only to Alaska and Hawaii).

    The Destroyers went on to continued and greater success after leaving Rounder, when the label entered a joint venture with EMI for George’s fourth album, Bad to the Bone, but their first two albums are the essence of everything that makes the band great. Recorded live in the studio, George Thorogood & the Destroyers and Move It On Over capture perfectly the energy of their live shows. There’s not a wasted note, and if George never aimed for the pyrotechnics of later blues rockers such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, the directness of his approach cuts straight to the heart of each song.

    Thirty-five years later, these performances still ring true. Mastered from new digital transfers of the original analog tapes, these albums have never sounded better, and if you’re a George Thorogood fan, it doesn’t get any better than this.