"Ride 'Til I Die" (Eagle Records; 2003)
Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton
With its focus on songs with solid, guitar-driven melodies, "Ride 'Til I Die" marks one of the high points of the long career of Lonesome George Thorogood and his amazing band, The Destroyers.
"Ride 'Til I Die" is a CD that you can't help but play at the loudest possible volume. With its pounding diesel-powered boogie-licks, this perfectly balanced collection of songs (mostly covers of classics by Bo Diddley, Eddie Cochran, JJ Cale and more, but featuring one original, "Sweet Little Lady") is perhaps the most focused and well-recorded disc GT and the D has ever released. As always, Thorogood's slide guitar and gravelly vocals are highlights, but the band is just as important here, backing George with amazing talent and energy.
My favorite songs on the disc include "Greedy Man," "American Made" and the rare acoustic and strictly bare bones "Ride 'Til I Die" (actually recorded as a sound check before a show in Ft. Worth, TX).
If George Thorogood hasn't already ascended to the stratosphere of top blues men in the world, "Ride 'Til I Die" is another step in that direction. And it's a bigger step than some of his previous, and still impressive work.
George Thorogood and the Destroyers: George Thorogood - slide guitar and vocals; Jeff Simon - percussion, vocals; Bill Blough - bass; Hank Carter - saxphone & vocals; Jimmy Suhler - rhythm and lead guitar.
For more information, check out http://www.gthorogood.com.
"Half a Boy, Half a Man" (CMC International; 1999)
Reviewed by Snidermann
George Thorogood and the Destroyers have been around a long time. I remember necking in a parked car while in high school, listening to an old George tape. (I wonder if Janice ever thinks about that night ... I know I do!!)
Anyway, George and the Boys are still around and still kicking ass. Their latest release is an odd collection of varied tunes brought to us by one of the greatest musical storytellers of all time.
At this stage of the Destroyers career I think they can record just about any song they want and make it sound strictly like Destroyers material. This release is full of 50s style guitar- and saxophone -based music - what else would you expect from George and the boys? Power packed to the hilt with good, old style rock'n'roll that will make any George fan of the past stand up and take notice. George et al are still bad to the bone.
My favorite cut on this CD is a stunning rendition of an old Chuck Berry tune, "Hellbound Train (Downbound Train)" that is easily the best cut on the CD. Be warned, however: The last track on the CD is a pure country ditty that almost spoils the rest of it! (Almost, but not quite; program your player to skip it if you can).
I've seen GT and The Destroyers live twice (and will again) and each time they rocked the house. Thorogood has often said that his music was meant to be played live and he's right. If you have never seen a live Thorogood show, make sure you get out there and see one.
A classic. This record will kick your ass.
Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.
So-so. You've heard better.
Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.
Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.
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