Gary Moore has been around longer than most guitar players and has done just about every style of music that's out there. From rock and roll with Thin Lizzy to jazz influenced music with Coleseum to blues, Celtic and electronic music. He always seems to be trying something different. With "Back To The Blues", he has gotten back to one of the genre's that he does best. Gary always has a way with blues guitar and his forays
into this genre have always been excellent. This CD does not disappoint in that area. This is a killer CD on a par with "Blues Alive" or "Still Got The Blues". Gary wrote six of the ten songs on this CD, and the covers that he does do, are done in his style, which is aggressive and with lots of emotion.
The CD opens with 'Enough Of the Blues' which uses some Robert Johnson style slide guitar for a few measures and then leaps ahead about 70 years stylistically after a few measures While still maintaining the same basic blues beat. Good solid modern blues. 'You Upset Me Baby' is solid traditional blues updated a bit with horns. 'Cold Black Night' is classic Gary Moore with a rocking beat and plenty of guitar licks.
'Stormy Monday', the classic T-Bone Walker song gets the Gary Moore treatment also. Gary can play emotional guitar and on this song he just rips the sound out of it. It's old and classic but he does it well. Gary always seems to come up with some really emotional songs on his CD's and Picture of the Moon and 'The Profet' both fit the bill. The former is a slow vocal song and the latter is the expected instrumental. One of my favorite songs on the CD is 'Looking Back' with the great line "I was looking back to see if she was looking back at me to see if I was lookin back at her." This is just a great blues rock song and a lot of fun. This CD is excellent everywhere you look, vocals, guitar and musicianship.
Bottom Line: if your familiar with Gary Moore, this CD is a must have. If you like solid blues and great guitar playing, you should like this CD. The vocals, guitar playing and musicianship are excellent. I give it five stars. It's a keeper.
Gary Moore - guitar, vocals
Pete Rees - bass
Vic Martin - keyboards
Darrin Mooney - drums
Brass Section on 'You Upset Me Baby'
Martin Drover - Trumpet
Frank Mead - tenor sax
Nick Pentelow - tenor sax
Nick Payn - baratone sax
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