The Original

Released 1977 by Rounder Records
Recorded at Dimension Sound Studios, Boston, MA
Engineeered and Mixed by John Nagy
Mixed at The Mixing Lab, Newton, MA

Track Listing
You Got To Lose Madison Blues
One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer Kind Hearted Woman
Can't Stop Lovin' Ride On Josephine
Homesick Boy John Hardy
I'll Change My Style Delaware Slide

Complete Liner Notes

Who's at Joe's Place?

I don't know. Someone called George Thorogood and the Destroyers.

Who are they?

Never heard of them!

It was a hot Friday night in July 1975 and we were looking for some place to go to hear some good music, preferably "oldies" or blues. We'd spent half the night searching and we were really frustrated. We went everywhere but got nowhere. Finally we decided to give Joe's Place in Cambridge a try only because of its reputation as the blues bar in the Boston area.

We got there about 11:30 and from the second floor windows you could hear the strins of Elmore James' "Shake Your Moneymaker" screaming out into the hot summer night. The music sounded just like Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers, and Joe's Place sounded packed and jumpin'.

I left everybody at the car and went running up the stairs. When I got there I couldn't believe my eyes - the place was empty except for maybe a dozen people most of whom worked there. I couldn't believe it!

My friends finally caught up with me and we sat down right in front (we had our choice) and enjoyed one of the best shows we'd ever seen. This group played as if they were in front of 12,000 people instead of just 12 and sounded like a whole band instead of the small combo they really are.

I could almost write a book about all the deals, negotiations, long distance phone calls, recording sessions, and disappointments since then that finally produced this album after almost two years. Suffice to say that there is no question of this band's talent or greatness, only the age-old question, "Will it sell?" Rounder Records is taking a gamble in putting this out. It is not your ordinary Rounder Record.

So if you like rockin' rhythm 'n' blues with heavy slide guitar, played like it was in the 50's and early 60's, with no compromise, then this album's for you. Tap your toes, stomp your feet, and dance til dawn with the "new King of the Slide Guitar," George Thorogood and the Destroyers from Wilmington, Delaware - and 1957.

by John Forward