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Back to the Blues (Deluxe Edition)

Gary Moore

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Six years after his successful tribute to Peter Green, Gary Moore follows with another solid electric blues-rock effort that falls squarely in line with his similarly themed albums Still Got the Blues, After Hours, and Blues Alive. Although he adds brass on a rollicking version of B.B. King's "You Upset Me Baby," Moore predominantly sticks to the basics here, pounding out energetic and full-bodied blues-rock and leading a stripped-down trio with a journeyman's enthusiasm and his trademark thick, sustained guitar solos slashing through the proceedings. The majority of the tracks are originals, although even the best of them sound suspiciously like rewritten blues standards. "Cold Black Night" is little more than a speeded-up "Messin' With the Kid," and "Picture of the Moon" sounds awfully similar to Moore's own "Still Got the Blues." And whether the world needs yet another version of "Stormy Monday" or "I Ain't Got You" is debatable. But Moore pulls off even the most clichéd material with his phenomenal prowess; supple, identifiable vocals; and a guitar tone that effortlessly shifts from a Santana/Peter Green-styled hovering intensity to a slashing Stevie Ray Vaughan attack. While Moore isn't redefining the genre or even his own approach to it, he's adding his stamp to blues-rock with Back to the Blues. Consistently rugged, moving, and heartfelt, the album is a reminder that even without reinventing an established musical style, an artist can effectively work within its boundaries to produce a satisfying, if not quite fresh, interpretation relying solely on talent and passion.

© Hal Horowitz /TiVo

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1
Enough of the Blues
00:04:46

Chris Tsangarides, Producer - Gary Moore, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist - Darrin Mooney, Drums - Vic Martin, Keyboards - Pete Rees, Bass Guitar

© 2023 Orionstar Ltd. under exclusive licence to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2001 Orionstar Ltd. under exclusive licence to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

2
You Upset Me Baby
00:03:14

Chris Tsangarides, Producer - Gary Moore, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist - Darrin Mooney, Drums - Jules Taub, Composer - Frank Mead, Tenor Saxophone - Nick Pentelow, Tenor Saxophone - Martin Drover, Trumpet - Vic Martin, Keyboards - Nick Payn, Baritone Saxophone - Pete Rees, Bass Guitar

© 2023 Orionstar Ltd. under exclusive licence to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2001 Orionstar Ltd. under exclusive licence to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

3
Cold Black Night
00:04:17

Chris Tsangarides, Producer - Gary Moore, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist - Darrin Mooney, Drums - Vic Martin, Keyboards - Pete Rees, Bass Guitar

© 2023 Orionstar Ltd. under exclusive licence to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2001 Orionstar Ltd. under exclusive licence to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

4
Stormy Monday
00:06:53

Chris Tsangarides, Producer - Gary Moore, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist - T-Bone Walker, Composer - Darrin Mooney, Drums - Vic Martin, Keyboards - Pete Rees, Bass Guitar

© 2023 Orionstar Ltd. under exclusive licence to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2001 Orionstar Ltd. under exclusive licence to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

5
I Ain't Got You
00:02:51

Chris Tsangarides, Producer - Calvin Carter, Composer, Writer - Gary Moore, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist - Darrin Mooney, Drums - Vic Martin, Keyboards - Pete Rees, Bass Guitar

© 2023 Orionstar Ltd. under exclusive licence to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2001 Orionstar Ltd. under exclusive licence to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

6
Picture of the Moon
00:07:11

Chris Tsangarides, Producer - Gary Moore, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist - Darrin Mooney, Drums - Vic Martin, Keyboards - Pete Rees, Bass Guitar

© 2023 Orionstar Ltd. under exclusive licence to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2001 Orionstar Ltd. under exclusive licence to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

7
Looking Back
00:02:18

Chris Tsangarides, Producer - John Watson, Composer - Gary Moore, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist - Darrin Mooney, Drums - Vic Martin, Keyboards - Pete Rees, Bass Guitar

© 2023 Orionstar Ltd. under exclusive licence to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2001 Orionstar Ltd. under exclusive licence to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

8
The Prophet
00:06:18

Chris Tsangarides, Producer - Gary Moore, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist - Darrin Mooney, Drums - Vic Martin, Keyboards - Pete Rees, Bass Guitar

© 2023 Orionstar Ltd. under exclusive licence to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2001 Orionstar Ltd. under exclusive licence to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

9
How Many Lies
00:06:07

Chris Tsangarides, Producer - Gary Moore, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist - Darrin Mooney, Drums - Vic Martin, Keyboards - Pete Rees, Bass Guitar

© 2023 Orionstar Ltd. under exclusive licence to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2001 Orionstar Ltd. under exclusive licence to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

10
Drowning In Tears
00:09:16

Chris Tsangarides, Producer - Gary Moore, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist - Darrin Mooney, Drums - Vic Martin, Keyboards - Pete Rees, Bass Guitar

© 2023 Orionstar Ltd. under exclusive licence to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2001 Orionstar Ltd. under exclusive licence to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

11
Picture of the Moon (Single Edit)
00:04:09

Chris Tsangarides, Producer - Gary Moore, Composer, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist - Darrin Mooney, Drums - Vic Martin, Keyboards - Pete Rees, Bass Guitar

© 2023 Orionstar Ltd. under exclusive licence to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2022 Orionstar Ltd. under exclusive license to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

12
Cold Black Night (Live at VH1)
00:04:05

Chris Tsangarides, Producer - Gary Moore, Composer, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist - Darrin Mooney, Drums - Vic Martin, Keyboards - Pete Rees, Bass Guitar

© 2023 Orionstar Ltd. under exclusive licence to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2022 Orionstar Ltd. under exclusive license to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

13
Stormy Monday (Live at VH1)
00:06:53

Chris Tsangarides, Producer - Gary Moore, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist - T-Bone Walker, Composer - Darrin Mooney, Drums - Vic Martin, Keyboards - Pete Rees, Bass Guitar

© 2023 Orionstar Ltd. under exclusive licence to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2022 Orionstar Ltd. under exclusive license to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

Album review

Six years after his successful tribute to Peter Green, Gary Moore follows with another solid electric blues-rock effort that falls squarely in line with his similarly themed albums Still Got the Blues, After Hours, and Blues Alive. Although he adds brass on a rollicking version of B.B. King's "You Upset Me Baby," Moore predominantly sticks to the basics here, pounding out energetic and full-bodied blues-rock and leading a stripped-down trio with a journeyman's enthusiasm and his trademark thick, sustained guitar solos slashing through the proceedings. The majority of the tracks are originals, although even the best of them sound suspiciously like rewritten blues standards. "Cold Black Night" is little more than a speeded-up "Messin' With the Kid," and "Picture of the Moon" sounds awfully similar to Moore's own "Still Got the Blues." And whether the world needs yet another version of "Stormy Monday" or "I Ain't Got You" is debatable. But Moore pulls off even the most clichéd material with his phenomenal prowess; supple, identifiable vocals; and a guitar tone that effortlessly shifts from a Santana/Peter Green-styled hovering intensity to a slashing Stevie Ray Vaughan attack. While Moore isn't redefining the genre or even his own approach to it, he's adding his stamp to blues-rock with Back to the Blues. Consistently rugged, moving, and heartfelt, the album is a reminder that even without reinventing an established musical style, an artist can effectively work within its boundaries to produce a satisfying, if not quite fresh, interpretation relying solely on talent and passion.

© Hal Horowitz /TiVo

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