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GEORGE THOROGOOD And The Destroyers - The Dirty Dozen

Bar room boogie to fight, dance and drink whiskey to

 

Lonesome George and his Delaware Destroyers – now with lead guitar player Jim Suhler since a couple of years ago – are back with a brand new album… well – not quite!

 

The Dirty Dozen features 6 newly recorded songs, and 6 previously available from albums such as Born To Be Bad, Haircut, Bad To The Bone and Boogie People. The 12 songs on offer include originals from Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf and as usual The Destroyers play rock solid backup to their boss.

 

They storm out of the gate for opener Tailgater, with its stomping boogie beat and that trademark Thorogood blues-rock growl makes me wish I had a whiskey in my hand. That Thorogood’s albums can transform any room and make you feel you’re in the roughest bar in town are testament to this man’s smarts. He doesn’t try and innovate or give vent to any obscure artistic urge – he just goes out and plays great bar room boogie. Ironically, by forging a career of this, he inevitably has influenced others - on his own terms. Having such a rock solid band certainly doesn’t hurt either!

 

Twenty Dollar Gig is another barnstormer, and even I wanted to jump up from my desk and start dancing – maybe after a few more whiskeys? Let Me Pass is yet another standout track – with a fast driving rhythm and some sweet guitar riffing.

 

Overall though, with only 6 new songs, I can only give this 3 out of 5 – it comes across as a stop-gap, though closing with their cover (previously available on Bad To The Bone) of Blue Highway is a welcome reminder of how well George can make someone else’s song – even an American standard – his own.

 

Shane