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Move It On Over: Rounder to Reissue First Two Albums by George Thorogood and The Destroyers

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Even before “Bad to the Bone” solidified his place in the pop culture canon, George Thorogood was a journeyman rocker with a distinctive voice and a knack for good old-fashioned blues. This month, fans will have a chance to rediscover the earliest part of his career, when Rounder Records remasters and reissues the first two albums by George Thorogood and The Destroyers.

When the Destroyers’ self-titled album was released by Rounder in 1977, Thorogood was a Delaware-born guitarist making a name for himself on the Boston club scene with generous helpings of Chicago blues. (The geographical journey therein was not lost on Thorogood, who toured all 50 states, plus Washington D.C., over 50 days in 1980.) That first album mixed a few bluesy originals with classic covers, including Robert Johnson’s “Kind Hearted Woman,” Elmore James’ “Madison Blues” and John Lee Hooker’s “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” which became a live favorite for The Destroyers. Follow-up album Move It On Over, released in 1978, was all covers, but they were great ones: Hank Williams’ title track and Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love” opened the album with a one-two punch that resonated on FM rock radio and propelled the album to No. 32 on Billboard‘s charts, one of their highest album placements.

Thorogood and The Destroyers would release one more album for Rounder, 1980’s More George Thorogood and The Destroyers. (1979 also saw a release of recordings from 1974 on MCA Records.) From there, The Destroyers signed to EMI, leading off an incredible decade with Bad to the Bone. Thorogood is, in an incredible display of longevity, still an artist for the label group (with bassist Billy Blough and drummer Jeff Simon still serving as the nucleus of The Destoryers); 2011’s 2120 South Michigan Avenue featuring more covers and guest appearances from Charlie Musselwhite and Buddy Guy.

Rounder’s straight reissues, remastered from the original analog tapes, will be out July 30. Hit the jump to pick up your copies!

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Written by Mike Duquette

July 2, 2013 at 14:04