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Classic Album Reviews: George Thorogood | Ride ’Til I Die + Who Do You Love?

Something old, something new, something borrowed and plenty of rockin' blues.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


I will say this about George Thorogood: He doesn’t waste time tryin’ to fix what ain’t broke.

For more than 25 years, the hard-rocking Delaware Destroyer has been playing the same old blues and boogie tunes, the same old way, with the same old band. That sort of consistency means that, really, it doesn’t matter whether you get his umpteenth album Ride ’Til I Die (which has 13 new tracks) or the retrospective Who Do You Love? (which collects 16 old faves like Move It On Over, Ride On Josephine and One Bourbon, One Scotch and One Beer). Either way, you get the same thing: Plenty of George’s hyperactive guitar choogle, ringing slide and gruffly good-natured vocals; plenty of in-the-pocket grooves by his first-class band; and plenty of bona fide blues and rock chestnuts that are guaranteed to please. Like, say, Ride ’Til I Die’s honking cover of Eddie Shaw’s Greedy Man. Or its sprinting take on J.J. Cale’s Devil in Disguise. Or the down ’n’ dirty version of Hound Dog Taylor’s She’s Gone. Or the Chicago-style revamp of the Dr. Feelgood gem That’s It, I Quit. Here’s hoping George never takes that last one to heart.