Hard Stuff

The Hard Stuff

by George Thorogood & the Destroyers
     
 
There isn't much mystery involved with a George Thorogood record -- you know you're going to get some raunchy slide guitar, growled vocals, barroom ready rockers and loads of rough and ready blues & roll. The only real question is will Thorogood and his group deliver the real deal Thorogood of the past or a watered-down imitation. His 2006 album The Hard Stuff

Overview

There isn't much mystery involved with a George Thorogood record -- you know you're going to get some raunchy slide guitar, growled vocals, barroom ready rockers and loads of rough and ready blues & roll. The only real question is will Thorogood and his group deliver the real deal Thorogood of the past or a watered-down imitation. His 2006 album The Hard Stuff delivers the hard stuff in a way Thorogood hasn't for awhile. The title track serves notice right away that Thorogood's heart and soul are in all the way. It rips and hollers like classic Destroyers; Thorogood evens sounds passionate and angry for a change. The rest of the record struggles a bit to keep up but is varied and exciting enough to sound like the soundtrack to a wild night at the local old-timers bar. There's some New Orleans R&B (a cover of "Hello, Josephine") jumpy blues ("Moving, Love Doctor," a faithful and raucous cover of the great Hound Dog Taylor's "Give Me Back My Wig"), hard driving, generic (in a good way) rockers ("I Got My Eyes on You," "Any Town USA," "Rock Party") and a John Lee Hooker cover ("Huckle Up Baby"). All of which are pretty standard for Thorogood but the fire with which he runs through his usual paces on The Hard Stuff adds enough vigor to make it an impressive addition to the man's catalog. To his credit, there are some welcome surprises that liven things up immeasurably: the tender and sweet late night ballad ("Little Rain") which shows admirable restraint and sports a gloriously clichéd and perfect sax solo, a rollicking acoustic slide workout on Johnny Shines' "Dynaflow Blues," and most surprising of all, a jangling and reverent cover of Bob Dylan's "Drifter's Tale." While the record doesn't exactly capture the loose, rock hard feel of albums he cut in his glory days, it is no patch on them and should remind people that Thorogood is a master of good time rockin' blues.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/30/2006
Label:
Eagle Records
UPC:
0826992003924
catalogNumber:
20039
Rank:
128720

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Thorogood & the Destroyers   Primary Artist
George Thorogood   Guitar,Vocals
Jim Suhler   Guitar
Billy Blough   Bass
Jeff Simon   Drums
Tom Hambridge   Percussion,Background Vocals
Rick Steff   Piano,Accordion
Buddy Leach   Saxophone

Technical Credits

John Lee Hooker   Composer
Mike Morgan   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Steve Morse   Liner Notes
George Thorogood   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Jim Suhler   Composer
Shawn Berman   Engineer
Bernard Besman   Composer
Fats Domino   Composer
Richard Fleming   Composer
Jim Gaines   Producer,Audio Production
Delaware Destroyers   Audio Production
Tom Hambridge   Composer
Ewart Abner   Composer
John Ned Shines   Composer
Theodore Roosevelt Taylor   Composer
Henry Marquez   Art Direction
Holland K. Smith   Composer
Chester Burnett   Composer

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