George Thorogood And The Destroyers: Live In Boston 1982

Halfway to hitting their peak.

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Live, George Thorogood And The Destroyers are a sure thing. So a live album has to be the next best thing.

This, the fifth concert set in their catalogue, was recorded in 1982, with the band in supreme form having just opened for the Stones on the Still Life trek. As ever, GTATD rock like vintage Dr Feelgood – with (occasional) sax – while George plays a Gisbon ES135 so hard it sounds illegal.

Among the 13 super-tight tracks is the classic One Bourbon One Scotch One Beer, but the CD selection omits the night’s other 12 workouts, including Who Do You Love, Night Time, Bad To The Bone and Chuck Berry’s No Particular Place To Go, available as download only on the Digital Deluxe version from A shame, then, to tell only half the story.

Neil Jeffries

Freelance contributor to Classic Rock and several of its offshoots since 2006. In the 1980s he began a 15-year spell working for Kerrang! intially as a cub reviewer and later as Geoff Barton’s deputy and then pouring precious metal into test tubes as editor of its Special Projects division. Has spent quality time with Robert Plant, Keith Richards, Ritchie Blackmore, Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore – and also spent time in a maximum security prison alongside Love/Hate. Loves Rush. Aerosmith and beer. Will work for food.