Greatest Hits: 30 Years Of Rock
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Audio CD, CD, 18 May 2004
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 14.5 x 13.11 x 0.99 cm; 102.06 Grams
- Manufacturer : LHUJW
- Item Model Number : 1
- Original Release Date : 2004
- Run time : 1 hour and 17 minutes
- SPARS Code : DDD
- Label : LHUJW
- ASIN : B00020HB1Y
- Country of origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 9,538 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Wow it's been 30 years since George and his Destroyers first plugged in, turned up and took their rockin' blues on the path to stardom. This CD rounds up 16 key cuts: Move It On Over; Who Do You Love?; One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer; Willie & the Hand Jive; Bad to the Bone; I Drink Alone , plus live tracks, alternate takes and more rowdy rock 'n' roll!
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The sound of the album is probably best described as blues/rock with lots of guitar, occasionally snarly vocals and some wind instrument section accompanying the band. George's voice is one of rock's greatest unknown treasures and is at times as snarly as Mark Lanegan and sounds like he smokes 40 red Marlboros a day - and it fits the music perfectly.
'Madison Blues' sets the tone for the rest of the album, a classic blues rhythm, a cathy chorus and some nice guitars.
'One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,' is the band's take on somewhat of a blues standard (originally performerd by Amos Milburn in the 50's but more famously covered by John Lee Hooker) and is fun, 8 minute epic about a man struggling to make ends meet, having enough and drowning his sorrows in liquor.
'Who Do You Love' has a familiar feel and rhythm to it and is very catchy.
MTV favourite 'Bad to the Bone,' is a bone-a fide classic, and is going to make any man feel as macho as Arnie after a listen!
'Gear Jammer' is a great, quick tempo rock guitar number with plenty of slide and is described by George Thorogood himself in the linear notes as 'the closest he's gotten to a heavy metal song.'
There's double-entendre's aplenty in the almost laughably titled 'Willie and the Hand Jive,' ...seriously!
'You Talk Too Much,' recalls a henpecked man listening to his motormouth girlfriend blabbing on and on - something we can all relate to no doubt!!!
If you're a rock or metal fan, new or unsure of the blues, this is a great place to start. The vocals are great, the rhythm section is solid and the guitar often takes centre stage along with some of the most filthy and not overly distorted guitar tones you're ever likely to hear. A brilliant Greatest Hits collection and one of the most solid, enjoyable and consistent I have ever come across.
To be honest, George only has one style. Which is mostly full on rocking blues. George and his band cover music from the likes of Howling Wolf, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker etc.......
Georges' speciality is slide guitar and you get plenty of that. Having seen George live I'd say this album sounds pretty much as you you would hear a live performance and there are live recordings on this offering.