UK remastered reissue of the Irish guitarist's 1990 album includes five bonus tracks, 'The Stumble', 'Left Me With The Blues', 'Further On Up The Road', 'Mean Cruel Woman' & 'The Sky Is Crying'. Virgin. 2003.
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(RockerBoomer) from SOUTHAMPTON, NY
Reviewed on 10/21/2011...
Classic Gary Moore .... one of his best!
(Guitarmusiclover11) from BRUCE, WI
Reviewed on 3/26/2011...
Gary Moore was an Irish rocker that played in Thin Lizzie and Skid Row.
Somewhere along the line he started recording blues albums. This is the first of those blues cds that I picked up and it won't be the last!
I have read some reviews where Moore didn't get high marks for his vocals.
I disagree. "Still Got The Blues" and "Midnight Blues" wouldn't sound right without his voice singing those tunes in particular.
"Oh Pretty Woman" is one of my favorite Gary Moore songs. I watched the video that had Albert King playing with Gary Moore on that song. In my opinion that song has some of Gary Moore's best blues guitar on it. And that's saying a lot considering how great a blues guitarist he really was. He put out quite a few blues albums and they all are worth investigating.
Moore didn't stick with one specific sound in his blues. He was versatile and one of the better blues artists of his era whether recording cover songs or his own songs.
This cd is definitely a good place to start a Gary Moore blues collection.
Others that I find appealing are "Bad For You Baby" and "After Hours".
"A Blues/Rock Masterpiece!"
Daniel S. Sullivan | Gibbstown,N.J. USA | 08/11/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Gary's 1980's rock output was getting stale by the end of the decade; "After The War" sounded an awful lot like "Out In The Fields"... Gary needed a new inspiration, and found it with the blues, his first musical love back in late 60's Ireland.
Assembling a top-flight rhythm section and a kick-ass horn section, Gary-along with some famous friends-made this modern-day blues / rock masterpiece.
"Movin' On" is a Moore original that kick starts this collection, and features excellent slide guitar from Gary.
"Texas Strut" is Gary's salute to Billy Gibbons, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Albert Collins. A stompin' Texas-style shuffle, that features Gary's Fender Stratocaster being thrashed mercilessly-smokin' stuff.
"Midnight Blues" is a moody blues ballad made for when the lights are low.
"King of the Blues" is Gary's biographical tale of Albert King, and follows similar chord changes to King's "Born Under a Bad Sign".
"Still Got the Blues"-the title cut-is another wonderful ballad, which features Gary's Les Paul guitar in all it's nuances; sweet and warm during the verses, and mean and nasty during the solos. Gary's vocal on this song is especially soulful.
"Walking By Myself" is James Lane's classic shuffle that's great for foot tapping and singing along.
"As the Years Go Passing By" is a classic blues ballad done by the likes of Albert King, Otis Rush & Jimmy 'the jockey' Johnson. Gary's version shows these masters the proper respect, and at the same time, he makes it his own.
"All Your Love" is an Otis Rush classic that Gary tackles in a no-holds-barred fashion, blowing away all previous versions.
"Stop Messin'Round" is a tune by Gary's original mentor Peter Green. This early Fleetwood Mac fave is actually played on Peter Green's 1959 Gibson Les
Paul guitar, a gift to Gary several years earlier.
Speaking of mentors, Gary invited several of his influences to make guest appearances.
The aforementioned Albert King guests a guitar on "Oh, Pretty Woman" while the other previously mentioned Albert-Albert Collins- shars guitar duties with Gary on "Too Tired".
The albums remaining track "That Kind Of Woman" features slide guitar and backing vocal by it's composer, arguably the most famous lead guitarist ever, Gary's close friend George Harrison.
This re-issue features 5 bonus tracks, which include a cover of Freddie King's blues instrumental "The Stumble", "Further on Up The Road" & "The Sky Is Crying" all of which became staples of Moore's live show, and all were worthy of being on the album.
Gary Moore found a new direction, and resurrected his career in one fell swoop. 5 stars just isn't enough, but that's all we've got to work with. An absolute must for fans of power blues / rock guitarists.
Gary Moore at his best
Irene | Idaho | 08/21/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this CD. Never get tired of playing it's tracks. Gary Moore is one of the world's best guitarists."