The debut album by George Thorogood and the Destroyers exploded onto the FM airwaves in 1977, bringing a dose of hard-driving roots reality back to rock radio; his versions of Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love" and John Lee Hooker's "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer," resonating throughout the years. Beginning his career as a solo act, Thorogood soon added drummer Jeff Simon and guitarist Ron Smith, and it was with this ensemble that George initially cut his first record-- a sound that was even more raw than the final version of the album-- George's propulsive performance, backed only by Jeff's ferocious drumming and Ron's steady low-strings-on-the-guitar underpinning. Eventually, new band member Billy Blough overdubbed his bass, which gave the album the sound it needed for radio airplay, and that's the version of the record we've all heard until now.
Now, thirty eight years later, here is the first album by George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers (the "Delaware" was later dropped), as it was initially recorded, newly mixed by legendary producer Paul Q. Kolderie (Radiohead, Pixies, Warren Zevon). In this stripped-down setting, the focus and drive of George's performance, which are what have always set him apart in the blues-rock world, are even more apparent. LP includes a previously unreleased version of the Elmore James song, "Goodbye Baby."