So, 1980 saw George Thorogood and his Delaware Destroyers tearing up the scene with their style of Blues music. And the music was GREAT! However, I do take one issue with this album, the fact that George didn’t write any of the material on here. That’s my only complaint. But, the way the band covered these songs, they did so, in their own fashion. In other words they adopted the arrangements and made these songs their own. The final product is something that rocks as if every song was written by George Thorogood and his band. The sound is great from the over all sound of production down to the melodies. The instrumentation is great as well.
The band itself is playing really tight as if they are enjoying themselves. George’s style of slide guitar complete with those whiskey drenched vocals are damn near perfect on this album. He really knows how to make that guitar scream with that slide. The work of bassist Bill Blough and drummer Jeff Simon is again like most albums outstanding. Top that off with a rhythm horn of Hank Carter’s saxophone and you have on hell of a good record. But that is all you have, is a good record and not a great record.
So, with George Thorogood, you have to give a little in order to take a little. Good songs, done in good style, but not George’s own songs.
1.”I’m Wanted” (Willie Dixon) – 4:05
2.”Kids from Philly” (George Thorogood) – 2:30
3.”One Way Ticket” (John Lee Hooker) – 4:33
4.”Bottom of the Sea” (McKinley Morganfield) – 3:30
5.”Night Time” (Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, Richard Gottehrer) – 3:03
6.”Tip On In” (James Moore) – 3:01
7.”Goodbye Baby” (Elmore James) – 4:18
8.”House of Blue Lights” (Don Raye, Freddie Slack) – 3:03
9.”Just Can’t Make It” (Hound Dog Taylor) – 3:03
10.”Restless” (Carl Perkins) – 3:14