The Dirty Dozen

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
After more than a decade of recording for other labels, George Thorogood & the Destroyers moved back to EMI/Capitol for the release of 2009's The Dirty Dozen. Split into two sides (just like a vinyl album!) and consisting of covers of classic blues songs, some bar band favorites, and a couple of lesser-known tracks, the album showcases the current sound of the band and digs back into the archives to uncover some buried tracks from the '80s and '90s. What's uncanny is that apart from the tinny sound of the recordings from the late '80s/early '90s, the band and Thorogood sound exactly the same almost two decades later. Just as they sound virtually unchanged from the first ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
After more than a decade of recording for other labels, George Thorogood & the Destroyers moved back to EMI/Capitol for the release of 2009's The Dirty Dozen. Split into two sides (just like a vinyl album!) and consisting of covers of classic blues songs, some bar band favorites, and a couple of lesser-known tracks, the album showcases the current sound of the band and digs back into the archives to uncover some buried tracks from the '80s and '90s. What's uncanny is that apart from the tinny sound of the recordings from the late '80s/early '90s, the band and Thorogood sound exactly the same almost two decades later. Just as they sound virtually unchanged from the first time they stepped into a recording studio. George still has the same ferocious slide technique, his growling vocals have barely aged, and the band still has the feel of skilled musicians who know how to play it simple. In other words, GT & the Destroyers still rock, and if you were ever a fan, you still should be. The only real problem with this record is that as cool as it is to hear the band's 1991 take on "Six Days on the Road" or their tumble through Howlin' Wolf's "Howlin' for My Baby," it'd be better to hear more of the new tracks. They have a more immediate feel and the group sounds like they're playing for fun rather than chasing commercial success. There's a fire in "Born Lover" and a bounce in "Run Myself Out of Town" that the old, muffled production can't reproduce. Not that the old tracks are bad by any means, and longtime fans of GT will be glad to have them. Just as they will be glad that he and the Destroyers are still around and still rocking out.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/28/2009
  • Label: Capitol
  • EAN: 5099968408220
  • Catalog Number: 84082
  • Sales rank: 102,827

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tail Dragger - George Thorogood & the Destroyers (3:41)
  2. 2 Drop Down Mama - George Thorogood & the Destroyers (4:20)
  3. 3 Run Myself out of Town - George Thorogood & the Destroyers (3:03)
  4. 4 Born Lover - George Thorogood & the Destroyers (4:12)
  5. 5 Twenty Dollar Gig - George Thorogood & the Destroyers (3:16)
  6. 6 Let Me Pass - George Thorogood & the Destroyers (3:40)
  7. 7 Howlin' for My Baby - George Thorogood & the Destroyers (5:13)
  8. 8 Highway 49 - George Thorogood & the Destroyers (5:47)
  9. 9 Six Days on the Road - George Thorogood & the Destroyers (4:23)
  10. 10 Treat Her Right - George Thorogood & the Destroyers (2:59)
  11. 11 Hello Little Girl - George Thorogood & the Destroyers (3:47)
  12. 12 Blue Highway - George Thorogood & the Destroyers (4:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Thorogood Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Indexed Contributor
Jim Suhler Guitar
Billy Blough Bass
Hank Carter Saxophone
Jeff Simon Drums
Steve Chrismar Guitar
Buddy Leach Saxophone
Technical Credits
Chuck Berry Composer
Terry Manning Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Roy Head Composer
Mickey Bones Composer
Shawn Berman Engineer
Jim Gaines Producer
David Getz Composer
Wendell Holmes Composer
Ken Irwin Producer
Gene Kurtz Composer
Ellas McDaniel Composer
McKinley Morganfield Composer
John Nagy Engineer
Tom Recchion Direction
Adam Hill Engineer
Jeff Smith Direction
Carl Montgomery Composer
Earl Green Composer
Al Quattrocchi Direction
Chester Burnett Composer
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