on 4 February 2004
I have owned this album since it was available only on vinyl, and it's about worn out now.
Geo. Thorogood's delivery is a shock to the system on first acquaintance; hard, driving, clear, vibrant and exciting in its rawness.
This is rock'n'roll beyond the likes of the Rolling Stones,tight and disciplined, it is brash and loud and always inimitably Geo. Thorogood, but always different.
'One bourbon, one scotch, one beer' is the only track to disappoint, and then only after several listenings - it does go on a little.
Never less than superb, this album was my introduction to Geo. Thorogood and the Destroyers and it's hard to beat.
This is George Thorogoods debut album from 1977 and as a demonstration of the joys of the blues combined with driving rock its rarely been bettered.
The band is mainly just drums (Jeff Simon), bass (Billy Blough) and George on guitar, mainly played in the classic Elmore James bottleneck style.
The songs all drive along with the exception of the lovely accoustic blues of "Kind Hearted Women". The Amazon reviewer is a little unkind in saying George isn't a great guitarist or vocalist. Listen to this track and everything George does contradicts this opinion. Theres great feeling in his playing and his impassioned vocals, including impressive falsetto may not technically be the best, but pure technical ability has never been an ability required in blues for some of the finest performances.
My favourite track is the brilliant, and lengthly cover of John Lee Hookers "One Scotch One Bourbon one Beer". Again performed with passion and a song that tells a story as well. I never get tired of listening to this album.
You should buy this ahead of any of his more polished 80's album. This is raw and all the better for it.