I Wanna Be Yours, Pretty Baby

Now I’ve always thought that you can either have a great vocalist who can play some guitar or you can have a great guitarist who has a passable voice. I could never think of someone where the two came together.

And then I discovered George Thorogood going full throttle on the guitar and singing. And you know what? It didn’t change my view at all………

Thorogood is a great guitarist who sings to this best of his ability and that’s all we can ever ask of someone, none of us can do anything above the best of our ability.

The first slab of vinyl here is the debut, eponymous, release that introduces us to his take on the blues. Mainly an album of covers the stand out track here is John Lee Hooker’s “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” which is merged with another Hooker track, “House Rent Boogie”. The talking blues delivery suits Thorogood’s vocals and allows his guitar to do the business, live this is a killer track……………..

Nine years have passed by the time we get to the second slab of vinyl and in the meantime Thorogood’s star has ascended and he’s recorded the track that he’s probably most famous for “Bad To The Bone” (a classic that’s on every playlist I ever produce). Given his playing ability and the reputation of his stage shows I was expecting much more from this live album than it actually delivers.

It’s not for lack of trying on the part of Thorogood or his Destroyers it’s just that the recording comes across as a bit ‘flat’. The two big tracks (“One Bourbon…” and “Bad…”) are here but the live mix isn’t that good, the guitar and voice have no real separation – with “Bad…” this is one of the few instances in rock music when I actually prefer the studio version to the live one.

There is also a bit of an issue with quality control (imho) with Thorogood and band not only playing a cover of “Alley Oop” but allowing it to be committed to vinyl……… This song was original recorded by The Hollywood Argyles in 1960 and was a novelty hit. It should have been left there, no one needs to hear any version of this ever again (unless you really want to – if so hit the ‘play’ button below and be transported back to ‘quality’ prime time viewing from the 60s)

It’s not fair to leave any post with that as the final video so here’s one of George Thorogood and the Destroyers revisiting past glories with “Bad To The Bone” from a few years ago.

George Thorogood and the Destroyers (1977) – Vinyl

  • You Got to Lose
  • Madison Blues
  • One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
  • Kind Hearted Woman
  • Can’t Stop Lovin’
  • Ride On Josephine
  • Homesick Boy
  • John Hardy
  • I’ll Change My Style
  • Delaware Slide

Rate – 3/5

George Thorogood and the Destroyers – Live (1986) – Vinyl

  • Who Do You Love?
  • Bottom Of The Sea
  • Night Time
  • I Drink Alone
  • One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
  • Alley Oop
  • Madison Blues
  • Bad To The Bone
  • The Sky Is Crying
  • Reelin’ & Rockin’

Rate – 3/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 21, Vinyl Singles – 16, LPs – 16, Downloads – 5, Cassettes – 1

Total Tracks: 514, Time: 38h 07m 50s