When George Thorogood and The Destroyers make a live album, they make a LIVE album. A wall shaking, floor vibrating, speaker melting onslaught that lets you know you are listening to a band who like nothing better than getting down 'n' dirty with the fans.
The year this album was recorded (1982) was also the year I first experienced The Destroyers, when they opened (at the bottom of the bill) for the Stones on the European leg of the Still Life tour. And what an experience it was. I still remember being catapulted onto my feet (with several thousand others) by the sheer visceral energy of a band none of us had never heard of.
They brought the house down!
One listen to this excellent album will demonstrate, far better than any words of mine, just why The Destroyers are such a phenomenal live act. It's not that they rock hard. Neither is it because of their set list of top class originals and well chosen covers. Or that they switch so effortlessly between rock 'n' roll, rockabilly, r'n'b, blues, soul and country. Rather it's that there is such chemistry - what an Australian friend of mine calls 'mateship' - between the various band members. That, and a boyish delight at playing the music they love to a highly appreciative audience. Surely every rockers dream!
The set list here is drawn almost entirely from the first four Destroyers albums - the sole exception being the old Rockin' Rebels instrumental, Wild Weekend. That means you get a whole bunch of stuff - ten tracks in all by my calculation - not on any of their other live albums. Certainly not on those released in the UK. The two exceptions here have been live staples of every Destroyers show since the very beginning - the John Lee Hooker penned One Bourbon One Scotch One Beer (all 13 minutes of white hot boogie) and the Hank Williams proto-rockabilly classic, Move It On Over. And no George Thorogood concert would be complete without those.
If you want deeply profound, contemplative, technically perfect, thought provoking music, I respectfully suggest you pass this album by. But if you like to stomp, sweat, strap on your air guitar and boogie, this is perfect.
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