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Album: 2120 South Michigan Ave.
# Song Title   Time
1)    Going Back
2)    Hi-Heel Sneakers - (featuring Buddy Guy)
3)    Seventh Son
4)    Spoonful
5)    Let It Rock
6)    Two Trains Running (Still a Fool)
7)    Bo Diddley
1)    Mama Talk to Your Daughter
2)    Help Me
3)    My Babe - (featuring Charlie Musselwhite)
4)    Sweet Little Rock and Roller
5)    Willie Dixon's Gone
6)    Chicago Bound
7)    2120 South Michigan Ave. - (featuring Charlie Musselwhite)
 

Album: 2120 South Michigan Ave.
# Song Title   Time
1)    Going Back
2)    Hi-Heel Sneakers - (featuring Buddy Guy)
3)    Seventh Son
4)    Spoonful
5)    Let It Rock
6)    Two Trains Running (Still a Fool)
7)    Bo Diddley
1)    Mama Talk to Your Daughter
2)    Help Me
3)    My Babe - (featuring Charlie Musselwhite)
4)    Sweet Little Rock and Roller
5)    Willie Dixon's Gone
6)    Chicago Bound
7)    2120 South Michigan Ave. - (featuring Charlie Musselwhite)
 
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  • George Thorogood & the Destroyers have never made their debt to Chess Records a secret, so an album-length tribute to the home of Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Willie Dixon, Chuck Berry, and Bo Diddley is a logical move for the rough and tumble blues-rockers. This is so firmly within Thorogood's wheelhouse that 2120 South Michigan Ave -- its name saluting the Chicago address of Chess Studios and the Rolling Stones instrumental saluting the hallowed location, the Stones' song turning a young Thorogood on to the wonders of Chicago blues -- feels like it could have been recorded at any stage in his career. Only the odd instance of Auto-Tune -- and it is truly odd on an otherwise rocking version of "High Heel Sneakers" graced by a cameo by Buddy Guy -- marks this album as a 2011 release, and that's a good thing: the Destroyers are always best when they stick to the basics which these ten Chess covers, two newly written tributes, and Stones' cover are. Thorogood's specialty has never been subtlety, so barreling through these tunes at a breakneck pace is par for the course, but what makes the record work is the group's palpable love for the material, and producer Tom Hambridge's willingness to leave some grit in the grooves, an inclination that largely mitigates his temptation to occasionally dabble with an Auto-Tune that is entirely unnecessary for music this simple and raw. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Living Blues (pp.54-57) - "With a characteristic sardonic tongue and open-key slide guitar fills, George Thorogood pays homage to the most famous address in the blues -- the legendary Chess studios of Chicago's 2120 South Michigan Avenue."

Record Collector (magazine) (p.103) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "This may be George Thorogood's 15th album of blues-rock, but his passion for the genre clearly remains undiminished."

Uncut (magazine) (p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t finds Thorogood's turbocharged blues as rousing as ever..."
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