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The Best Of The Blues

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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 /TiVo

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1
Walking By Myself
00:02:55

Gary Moore, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Taylor, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Rogers, ComposerLyricist - Andy Pyle, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Mick Weaver, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Mead, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Graham Walker, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2002 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1990 Virgin Records Limited

2
Oh Pretty Woman
00:04:23

Gary Moore, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Horn Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Albert King, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Taylor, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna-Lynne Williams, ComposerLyricist - Don Airey, Hammond Organ, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Payne, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Pyle, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Frank Mead, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Pentelow, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Raul D'Oliveira, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Graham Walker, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2002 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1990 Virgin Records Limited

3
Still Got The Blues
00:06:10

Gary Moore, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Ian Taylor, Producer

(C) 2002 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1990 Virgin Records Limited

4
Separate Ways
00:04:52

Gary Moore, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Taylor, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2002 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1992 Virgin Records Limited

5
Since I Met You Baby
00:02:51

B.B. King, Guitar, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Moore, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Taylor, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2002 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1992 Virgin Records Limited

6
Story Of The Blues (Single Edit)
00:04:33

Gary Moore, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Taylor, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2002 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1992 Virgin Records Limited

7
All Your Love
00:03:38

Otis Rush, ComposerLyricist - Gary Moore, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Taylor, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Pyle, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Mick Weaver, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Graham Walker, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2002 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1990 Virgin Records Limited

8
Too Tired
00:02:48

Andrew Hamilton, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Albert Collins, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Moore, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Horn Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Taylor, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stuart Brooks, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Don Airey, Piano, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Payne, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Pyle, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Frank Mead, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Maxwell Davies, ComposerLyricist - Saul Bihari, ComposerLyricist - Graham Walker, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Guitar Watson, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2002 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1990 Virgin Records Limited

9
Need Your Love So Bad (Single Edit)
00:04:04

Gavyn Wright, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Niall Flynn, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Haydn Bendall, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gary Moore, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Taylor, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Blair, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Lowe, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tommy Eyre, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Payne, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Pyle, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Pentelow, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Mikey "Guitar" Baker, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Graham Walker, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Mertis John Jr, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2002 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1995 Virgin Records Limited

10
Midnight Blues
00:04:56

Gavyn Wright, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Moore, Producer, String Arranger, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Taylor, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Don Airey, Conductor, String Arranger, Strings Conductor, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Pyle, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Mick Weaver, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Malone, Composer, Author - Graham Walker, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2002 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1990 Virgin Records Limited

11
King Of The Blues
00:04:33

Gary Moore, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Horn Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Taylor, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Don Airey, Hammond Organ, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Payne, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Pyle, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Frank Mead, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Pentelow, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Raul D'Oliveira, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Downey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2002 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1990 Virgin Records Limited

12
Jumpin' At Shadows
00:04:20

Duster Bennett, Composer, Author - Gary Moore, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Taylor, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2002 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1992 Virgin Records Limited

13
Texas Strut
00:04:49

Bob Daisley, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Gary Moore, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Taylor, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Don Airey, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Downey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2002 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1990 Virgin Records Limited

14
Moving On
00:02:37

Gary Moore, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Taylor, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Pyle, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Mick Weaver, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Graham Walker, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2002 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1990 Virgin Records Limited

15
Stop Messin' Around
00:03:51

Clifford Adams, ComposerLyricist - Peter Green, ComposerLyricist - Gary Moore, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Horn Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Taylor, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Don Airey, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Pyle, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Mick Weaver, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Mead, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Graham Walker, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2002 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1990 Virgin Records Limited

16
Parisienne Walkways (Live From United Kingdom/1993)
00:05:04

Gary Moore, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Phil Lynott, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2002 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1993 Virgin Records Limited

17
The Supernatural
00:03:02

Niall Flynn, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Haydn Bendall, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Green, ComposerLyricist - Gary Moore, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Taylor, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Blair, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Lowe, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tommy Eyre, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Payne, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Pyle, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Pentelow, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Graham Walker, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2002 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1995 Virgin Records Limited

DISC 2

1
Caldonia (Live From The United Kingdom/1992)
00:05:35

Albert Collins, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Moore, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Albert King, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Fleecie Moore, Composer

(C) 2002 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1992 Virgin Records Limited

2
You Don't Love Me (Live From The United Kingdom/1993)
00:04:17

Gary Moore, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dawn Penn, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2002 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1993 Virgin Records Limited

3
Key To Love (Live From The United Kingdom/1993)
00:02:20

Gary Moore, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Taylor, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Mayall, Composer

(C) 2002 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1993 Virgin Records Limited

4
The Thrill Is Gone (Live From The United Kingdom/1993)
00:08:42

B.B. King, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Moore, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Roy Hawkins, Composer - Rick Darnell, Composer

(C) 2002 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1993 Virgin Records Limited

5
Stormy Monday (Live From The United Kingdom/1992)
00:10:16

Gary Moore, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Albert King, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - T-Bone Walker, Composer

(C) 2002 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1992 Virgin Records Limited

6
Cold Cold Feeling (Live From The United Kingdom/1990)
00:07:17

Albert Collins, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Moore, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jessie Mae Robinson, Composer

(C) 2002 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1990 Virgin Records Limited

7
Further On Up The Road (Live From The United Kingdom/1992)
00:05:48

Joe Veasey, Composer - Albert Collins, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Moore, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Robey, Composer

(C) 2002 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1992 Virgin Records Limited

8
The Stumble (Live From The United Kingdom/1992)
00:02:59

Gary Moore, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Thompson, Composer - The King, Composer

(C) 2002 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1992 Virgin Records Limited

9
Oh Pretty Woman (Live From The United Kingdom/1990)
00:04:07

Gary Moore, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Anna-Lynne Williams, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2002 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1990 Virgin Records Limited

10
Walking By Myself (Live From The United Kingdom/1990)
00:04:09

Gary Moore, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Taylor, Producer - Jimmy Rogers, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2002 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1990 Virgin Records Limited

11
Too Tired (Live From The United Kingdom/1990)
00:03:42

Albert Collins, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Moore, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Maxwell Davies, ComposerLyricist - Saul Bihari, ComposerLyricist - Johnny Guitar Watson, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2002 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1990 Virgin Records Limited

12
Still Got The Blues (Live From The United Kingdom/1990)
00:06:49

Gary Moore, Composer, Author, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2002 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1990 Virgin Records Limited

13
All Your Love (Live From The United Kingdom/1990)
00:03:53

Otis Rush, ComposerLyricist - Gary Moore, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2002 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1990 Virgin Records Limited

14
Midnight Blues (Live From The United Kingdom/1992)
00:06:59

Gary Moore, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Malone, Composer, Author

(C) 2002 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1992 Virgin Records Limited

Album Description

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 /TiVo

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