Posts Tagged ‘Gary Moore’

Gary Moore appeared at London’s Islington Academy on December 2nd, 2009, for a defining one-off showcase of some of blues-rock’s biggest names, doing what they do best in an intimate club setting. Nobody in the sell-out crowd that night suspected they were witnessing one of his final shows, but when Moore passed away fourteen months later in 2011, at just 58 years old, the show took on a new level of sentimentality. “Live From London” captures the blazing performance which is widely cherished as one of his great last stands.

“Live From London” documents a special one-off club show recorded on December 2nd, 2009 at Islington Academy, almost 10 years ago to the day, and it’s widely regarded as one of his very best. This is Gary mining every corner of his catalogue for gold.

Though I was getting bored with the blues albums, and yearned for a return to the Celtic rock of the mid 80’s, it can’t be denied that Gary’s playing, and particularly his voice, soared in the genre. Gary Moore just seemed to let loose and shredded his ass off. Blues purists no doubt scorned, but for real Gary fans, this was the real Gary. Tone, passion, technique to burn, phrasing, melody… The guy had it ALL in spades, and was unparalleled in this respect. This is brilliant stuff, and would get the full 5 star review, but for the fact some songs have apparently been cut from the vinyl version, so I feel somewhat short changed. Gary could solo for an hour, and you wouldn’t get bored, so even missing a single note is annoying. Anyhow, lets hope the archives keep being mined. We all miss him immensely, but albums like this keep him “alive”, and inspire, I hope, whole new generations of players.

Provogue Records has released “I’m Tore Down,” the opening track on Gary Moore’s posthumous album “How Blue Can You Get”. The album contains 4 originals, and 4 songs previously recorded and made famous by classic bluesmen like Elmore James, Sonny Thompson, Memphis Slim and BB King.

The eight-track LP consists of previously unheard music by the rock and blues guitarist, who died in February 2011 of a heart attack, aged 58. Another song, “In My Dreams,” was launched two months ago.

The upbeat “I’m Tore Down” can be heard below. The album arrives on April 30th. After a series of engagement with various rock bands, most notably Thin LIzzy, Moore surprised fans with the release of “Still Got the Blues” in 1990, and remained focused on the genre until his death. “I went back to the music that I always loved,” he said in 2007, denying the suggestion that the LP represented jumping on a bandwagon. “It wasn’t commercial, it wasn’t cool. Nobody in a million years could have predicted how successful it became.” Speaking about his then-pending release As Close As You Get, he added: “I consider myself a blues musician. I didn’t have a fear of trying new things… But at the end of the day, I’ve realized that I want to do a blues album.”

“It’s our hope that current and future generations of music fans discover and re-discover Gary Moore, revelling in the artistry of not just a great guitarist, but a supremely talented musician,” Provogue Records said in a statement. A limited-edition version of How Blue Can You Get includes four guitar picks, two coasters, a postcard and a sticker.

If the great guitarists are often the ones that took what had gone before and used that inspiration to become unique players themselves, then Gary Moore is on the A-list. We’re paying tribute to the Northern Irish guitar hero on what is already the fourth anniversary of his passing, on February 6, 2011.

His death, at just 58, came as a great shock, but he left a legacy of nearly 40 years’ worth of recording. Plus, of course, a reputation as a brilliant player, in the studio and on the stage.
To shine the spotlight chiefly on his solo work, we’ve omitted his copious additional work with bands such as Skid Row, G-Force and Thin Lizzy, and started the selection with his 1978 album ‘Back On The Streets.’ His official solo debut, it spread the word about Moore’s fiery playing to a wider audience, especially when he combined with his Thin Lizzy compadre Phil Lynott to hit the UK top ten with its romantic single ‘Parisienne Walkways.’
That led the way to three further decades of uncompromising, blues-infused rock releases including such top 40 albums of the 1980s as ‘Corridors of Power’ and ‘Victims of the Future,’ before Gary hit big with 1987’s ‘Wild Frontier.’ Another new staging post came with the 1990 album ‘Still Got The Blues,’ which emphasised his widespread respect among fellow musicians in its contributions by Albert King, Albert Collins and (on ‘That Kind Of Woman’) George Harrison.

1992 brought a summit with another hero, B.B. King, who frequently sang Moore’s praises and played with him on the Ivory Joe Hunter staple ‘Since I Met You Baby,’ on ‘After Hours,’ his highest-charting UK album, at No. 4. Gary then became part of the forceful power trio BBM, with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, for 1993’s ‘Around The Next Dream.’

Gary’s recording adventures continued into the 2000s on records such as ‘Back To The Blues,’ ‘Old New Ballads Blues’ and what turned out to be his final album, 2008’s ‘Bad For You Baby.’ For Gary Moore, it wasn’t a case of going back to the blues, because he never left them, and his contribution to the music he loved was immense.


THIN LIZZY’s Black Rose was released 13th April 1979, The British Rockers were at their peak when they released this their Ninth studio album which headed straight into the UK charts at No 2 with a distinct Celtic appeal on some of the songs the title track “Roisin Dubh” consists of traditional songs arranged by Lynott and Moore the latter amazing complex solos . Way back in 1970 the band set out as a trio of Eric Bell on guitars, Phil Lynott on Bass and vocals and Brian Downey on drums. Four year later the band had re-invented themselves as a dual guitar rock band powered quartet. Bell had left and new guitarists Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson traded licks.
In 1978 after the LIVE and DANGEROUS live album Irish Guitar hero Gary Moore joined as Robertson left the band. Moore has been in Lizzy previously, the sessions that produced BLACK ROSE with the contrast of Moore shredding guitar solos and Gorham’s more low key style bought together the band as they took on songs “Do Anything You Want To” plus the hit single “Waiting for An Alibi” plus the sombre “With Love” and the track “My Sarah” a song Lynott wrote about his then new baby daughter this was Lizzy at their best and standard Text Book rock songs “Toughest Street in Town” about substance abuse BLACK ROSE proved to be one a classic rock album of the 70’s and one of Lizzy’s best sellers with Gary Moore’s parallel star power and his guitar playing surely added to the quality of this album. The Album has been re-issued with extra tracks from the Nassau sessions “Dont Believe a Word” the slower version of had been on many a bootleg.