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George Thorogood and the Destroyers


George Thorogood and the Destroyers ­ Move it On Over
Review by Matt Robinson

Though George Thorogood may be known today as one of the standard bearers of the Blues, the re-release of this early album demonstrates just how long he has warranted such a role. Even when he was perhaps still too young to know true pain, “Lonesome George” was able to grab hold of the Blues reigns with his calloused hands and ride on the back of his musical ancestors. While covers of Chuck Berry’s “It Wasn’t Me” and Brownie McGhee’s “So Much Trouble” allow Thorogood’s rebellious nature, fleet fretwork, and easy sense of timing to shine, Willie Dixon’s “That Same Thing” suggests that the Delta may in fact stretch all the way up to Dover. Though Thorogood was yet to admit to drinking alone, his up-tempo rendition of “Cocaine Blues” reveals early run-ins with vice and the law. From the steady crank of the title track to the equally classic cover of “Who Do You Love?” and a pre-Stevie Ray rendition of “The Sky is Crying,” Thorogood lays some of his best cards out in this early hand, demonstrating the drive, grit, and sense of authenticity that has allowed him to stay at the table for so long.
- Matthew S. Robinson
c. 2004, M. S. Robinson, ARR


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