Great Rock Albums of 1980: George Thorogood and the Destroyers- More George Thorogood and the Destroyers


The 1980s also saw the rise of a great blues guitarist and yet another great American rock act not to crack the UK, George Thorogood. Throughout the 80’s he, along with his band The Destroyers, would rock with some brilliant songs and albums played in his very unique style. What I didn’t realise until now that my all time favourite Thorogood jam “House Rent Blues” also known as “One Bourbon, One Scotch and One Beer” was on his debut album in 1977. I was always under the impression it was much later. But in 1980, he put out this album “More George Thorogood and the Destroyers which also rocked.

This album radiates cool blues rock with some great guitar efforts from the man himself. Every song has a cool enough guitar solo and quite a few of them are also accompanied with the saxophone efforts of Hank Carter. The opening song, “I’m Wanted,” kicks things off in style and even when there is a slower moment with the third song, “One Way Ticket,” it kicks back up two gears with “Bottom of the Sea.” “Night Time” and “Tip In Baby” keep the pace and when the album belts out another slower blues track with “Goodbye Baby,” it goes back to finish on a faster pace with “Restless” being an adequate closer. The whole album is what you would expect from George and company.

Track Listing:

1. I’m Wanted

2. Kids From Philly

3. One Way Ticket

4. Bottom of the Sea

5. Night Time

6. Tip In Baby

7. Goodbye Baby

8. House of Blue Lights

9. Just Can’t Make It

10. Restless

George Thorogood

      George Thorogood

George Thorogood- guitar, vocals

Billy Blough- bass

Jeff Simon- drums

Hank Carter- saxophone

George Thorogood seems to have been forgotten in recent years but believe me, in the early and mid 80s, many in America knew his name. He put out some great albums including this one and for me, his music will always continue on.

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