Borrowing its title from a legendary Rolling Stones b-side, George Thorogood takes us on a musical journey to the home of the legendary Chess Records. And what a joyous journey it is. Although he is no longer a mega-million-selling rock icon, GT continues to blast out his uncompromising, no-holds-barred, rhythm'n'blues with the heart, soul, and passion of a true believer. More power to his elbow!
Skim through the review pages of any music magazine whenever Thorogood has a new release, and you will see immediately that his work is no longer considered worthy of any kind of critical assessment. Either it is ignored completely or condescendingly dismissed. Hardly surprising I suppose in the soulless world of today's music business. As I have said in another Thorogood review on these pages, if you are looking for airbrushed, machine-tooled, designed-by-numbers AOR, please look elsewhere. However if your interest extends back to the origins of our glorious rock'n'roll musical heritage, and/or if you associate heart, soul and sweat with your musical preferences, then this is one for you. From Bo Diddley to Willie Dixon, via Howlin' Wolf and Chuck Berry, this is the music that made righteous, conservative, God-fearin' post-war America (and Great Britain) fear for its very survival. As well as locking-up its children! Here, GT keeps that flame burning for those of us who still care, retaining all the revved-up, dangerous drive of the originals, while bringing everything bang up to date. And he also tosses in a couple of top drawer originals for good measure. Plus there are guest appearances by the utterly stupenduous Charlie Musselwhite AND Buddy Guy.
So my question is, good people, what are you waiting for? Stick this into your CD player/iPod/PC (delete as necessary), and ROCK...