On their 17th studio release George Thorogood and The Destroyers pay tribute to their Chess Records heroes. This release, which contains mostly covers, takes its title from the address of the Chess Records building in Chicago, IL. Besides the covers, there are also two new original Thorogood tracks that blend right in with the rest of the disc seamlessly.
“Going Back,” (one of those originals) opens the disc and from there, riddled with that unique Thorogood delivery, it just keeps chugging along. With guest appearances by some of the best musicians in the business, (Bo Diddley and Charlie Musselwhite) this record really is top notch. It has a raw and gritty feel at times, but the playing, as one might expect, is phenomenal; Thorogood seems to be at the top of his game. I think this might well be my favorite releases since his first record, Bad To The Bone.
This disc is absolutely worth the price of admission. On its own in a standalone situation I think it is a fantastic album and when added to Thorogood’s body of work I think this might be his crowning achievement. Thorogood is a master of the blues/rock sound and 2120 South Michigan Ave. really highlights his expertise. With all the guest musicians and fantastic cover tunes, this one should not be missed.
01. Going Back (Written by Tom Hambridge & George Thorogood
02. High Heel Sneakers (ft. Buddy Guy)
03. Seventh Son
05. Let It Rock
06. Two Trains Running
07. Bo Diddley
08. Mama Talk To Your Daughter
09. Help Me
10. My Babe (ft. Charlie Musselwhite)
11. Willie Dixon’s Gone (Written by Written by Tom Hambridge & George Thorogood
12. Chicago Bound
13. 2120 South Michigan Avenue
Run Time: 45:48
Release Date: July 12, 2011
Check out the song “Seventh Son” below.