|Released 1992 by EMI Records|
|Produced by Terry Manning and the Delaware Destroyers|
Complete Liner Notes
The notion of a "Greatest Hits" album strikes George Thorogood as odd. "You mean the "baddest" of George Thorogood, don't you?" he howls with a laugh that's as distictive as his steeldriving slide guitar and crusty, boys-night-out-approved songs.
Greatest...baddest...call them what you will, they're here in 12 tracks that are sure to blow loudspeakers from Boston to Barcelona. Ready for some pure, simple fun? Ready to hit the highway? Ready to take your job and shove it? Ready to rock in the tradition of Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, and Elmore James? Then you're definitely primed for George and his heatseeking Destroyers.
"I guess we've built up a repertoire, haven't we?" says George, whose marathon tours with his Delaware-hatched Destroyers (they once played 50 states in 50 days) have made them the party band of choice for millions of rock fans who feel alienated from today's trendy chart acts and trendier fashions.
Not that Thorogood gives these things much thought. When approached about these liner notes, he even said, "Hey, I understand someone writing about John Lee Hooker, James Brown, or the Beatles - people who've made an incredible impact on rock history. But the Destroyers? We're like a burger joint!"
Moments later, he amended is words. "Then again, there's nothing wrong with selling cheeseburgers as long as they're quality cheeseburgers," he said with another howl. "And that's the way I think of us."
Thorogood has been a diehard barnstormer since blasting onto national scene in the late 70's with "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer," a Hooker tune that set the frantic, boogie-to-the-max tone that still characterizes the Destroyers today. Thorogood's primal, wild-man rock, inherited from Chuck Berry and influenced by Mick Jagger of the Stones and Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band, ripples through this greatest hits collection.
But most impressively, many of these better-known tracks are Thorogood originals. For prolific writing, he's never matched Berry or Fats Domino. But for sheer power, it's hard to beat Thorogood staples like "Bad To The Bone" (remember the video that accompanied it of George shooting pool with Bo Diddley?), "You Talk Too Much" (a wry poke at "yakety-yak" girlfriends), "I Drink Alone", and "Gear Jammer." To quote George: "I only got three licks, as you know. So its hard to put together an original composition. But the few that I did write came quickly."
Speaking of quickness, George asked that any liner notes not end up sounding like "long-winded folklore." Good enough. We'll resist the tempation. But don't forget to listen to the two previously unrealesed tunes on this collection - a new remake of Robert Johnson's "I'm A Steady Rollin' Man" (a slide guitar gem with a romping vocal) and a decade old version of Chuck Berry's red-hot "Louie To Frisco." It was recorded in Boston with Rolling Stones pianist Ian Stewart, a soul mate who understood that George Thorogood and the Destroyers placed music or image any day of the week.
Steve Morse - Boston Globe