Party of One

Party of One

by George Thorogood

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Overview

Essentially, George Thorogood has spent most of his career making the same sort of album over and over again, and if anyone knows how to put together a solid set of barroom-friendly, beer-drinking, hard-rockin' boogie blues, it's him. But on his 14th studio album, Thorogood has decided to change things up; Party of One marks the first time he's made an album without his band the Destroyers, and here he plays a set of blues, country, and folk covers with only his own guitar and harmonica for accompaniment. Thorogood brings out his electric guitar for a few cuts, but most of Party of One is just George and his acoustic, and the bulk of this sounds like it was recorded live in the studio, with the occasional flubbed note left in the mix. Thorogood began his career as a street busker, and in a way, this album plays as a guide to his earliest (and strongest) influences, with several John Lee Hooker tunes dotting the set list along with classic numbers by Willie Dixon, Elmore James, Robert Johnson, and the Rolling Stones, as well as less expected contributions from Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Bob Dylan. The tracks where Thorogood cranks up his amp and gives the tunes his trademark buzzy, growling tone are the most effective, or at very least find him doing what he's always done best. Thorogood is somewhat less deft as an acoustic guitarist, though despite the occasional missed note he generally fares well unplugged, and while he sometimes strains to hit the high notes, as a vocalist he displays a genuine love for the material and his passion overcomes his limitations. Party of One suggests Thorogood has had his greatest success playing rowdy electric blues-rock for a reason -- it's clearly his strong suit -- but 40 years after the release of his debut album, the guy is more than entitled to a change of pace. As a look back at his roots as well as a detour into more subtle territory, it's an experiment that succeeds far more often than it fails.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/04/2017
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0888072028630
catalogNumber: 610024
Rank: 32393

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Thorogood   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
John Lee Hooker   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
George Thorogood   Instrumentation
Shawn Berman   Engineer
Bernard Besman   Composer
Scott Billington   Executive Producer
Brownie McGhee   Composer
Jim Gaines   Producer
Elmore James   Composer
Robert "P-Nut" Johnson   Composer
Clarence Lewis   Composer
John D. Loudermilk   Composer
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Keith Richards   Composer
Morgan Robinson   Composer
Marshall Sehorn   Composer
Allen Shamblin   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
John Ned Shines   Composer
Tallahassee Tight   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Sadaharu Yagi   Engineer

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