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12 AUG 13 DAVID SHANNON
Move It On Over, George Thorogood's second studio album, released on Rounder Records in 1978, is an all-covers affair that brought renewed attention to Bo Diddley's classic "Who Do You Love?" and the title track, written by Hank Williams. The tendency for Thorogood to cover blues classics started on his first album, George Thorogood & The Destroyers, which features three Thorogood originals as well as tunes by Diddley, Elmore James, Robert Johnson, and John Lee Hooker. In this sense, Thorogood seems to live up to his namesake, thoroughly exploring the blues while giving standard songs an authentic feel.
Move It On Over contains a slew of other well-known covers, including James' "The Sky Is Crying," T.J. Arnall's "Cocaine Blues," and Chuck Berry's "It Wasn't Me," but it's Thorogood's guitar that imbues the album with authority. His '50s-era Chicago, electric blues style of playing perfectly suits the covers on the album and channels greats of the past like Diddley, Willie Dixon, and Jimmy Dawkins.
There will be a few surprises on the album for those who haven't heard it in its entirety, such as the last track, a take on James' "New Hawaiian Boogie," which allows Thorogood to dig into the frets with some dirty blues leads. In addition, Thorogood's cover of James Moore's "I'm Just Your Good Thing" dials back the volume and energy for an interlude of swaying, slowly swinging Chicago blues.