Best Of The Blues (Bonus Tracks) CD (2002)

Artist: Gary Moore

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by GH on 6/25/2012

Gary Moore left rock and roll (Thin Lizzy) for the blues, and I hadn't heard his blues music. This 2 cd set is fantastic! He plays and sings with great feeling, and then you add several songs with Albert Collins and BB King; just great listening.

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Label Msi Music
SKU 60534308
UPC 724381102527
UPC 14 00724381102527
Format CD
Release Date 4/9/2002
Author Gary Moore
Associated Artist/Work Bruce, Gary
Associated Artist/Work Collins, Phil
Associated Artist/Work Lake, Greg
Associated Artist/Work Manfred Mann (Group)
Associated Artist/Work The Midnight Blues Band
Technical Info
Producer Jorgen Holmstedt (Compilation)
CatalogID CDVX 2943
Lable Name Virgin
Released 02/04/2002
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 146m : 40s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00724381102527
Musical Guests
Albert King
B.B. King
Albert Collins
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Gary Moore, Albert King, Albert Collins, B.B. King.
Includes liner notes by Jorgen Holmstedt.
A handy and generous double-disc (one live, one studio) compilation of Gary Moore's four Virgin label blues albums is predominantly an excellent introduction to this showy hard rocker turned midlife third-generation bluesman. The 31 tracks liberally sample from his relatively short five-year association with Virgin (roughly 1990-1995) but ignore his excellent 2001 Back to the Blues release on Sanctuary. Still, there are more than enough hot licks here to prove that Moore could be a convincing blues musician if he decided to give up his more ostentatious shred rock profession and focus on blues full time. While purists may gripe as Moore tears off searing, high-voltage riffs on covers of tracks made popular by Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Otis Rush, and John Mayall as well as Freddie, B.B., and Albert King (the latter two along with Albert Collins turn up as guests on both discs), there's no denying the emotional ties the guitarist has to this material or his obvious vocal and instrumental talents. Unfortunately, Blues for Greeny, Moore's successful tribute to philosophical mentor Peter Green, is under-represented with only a handful of cuts, one of which ("Need Your Love So Bad") is presented in an edited single version. Otherwise, this is a well-selected but poorly annotated (bandmembers aren't even mentioned, nor are sources of the songs or when and where the live tracks were recorded) compilation that shows how a rugged rock star can transform into a respectable bluesman, albeit one who plays very loud. Gary Moore may not be a rootsy, down-home guitarist, but he's just as passionate about this music as anyone who recorded for Chess. If Moore can expose other generations to the blues, as Cream and the Rolling Stones did before him, he has done his job well. ~ Hal Horowitz
Disc 2
1 Caldonia - (featuring Albert Collins/Albert King)
2 You Don't Love Me
3 Key To Love
4 Thrill Is Gone, The - (featuring B.B. King)
5 Stormy Monday - (featuring Albert King)
6 Cold, Cold Feeling - (featuring Albert Collins)
7 Further Up The Road - (featuring Albert Collins)
8 Stumble, The
9 Oh Pretty Woman
10 Walking By Myself
11 Too Tired
12 Still Got The Blues
13 All Your Love
14 Midnight Blues

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