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Back to the Blues [DualDisc]

Gary Moore Audio CD
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Robert William Gary Moore (4 April 1952 – 6 February 2011), known simply as Gary Moore, was a musician from Belfast, Northern Ireland, best recognized as a blues rock guitarist and singer.

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  • Audio CD (25 April 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: DualDisc
  • Label: Essential
  • ASIN: B00068CMIE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,138 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Enough of the Blues
2. You Upset Me Baby
3. Cold Black Night
4. Stormy Monday
5. I Ain't Got You
6. Picture of the Moon
7. Looking Back
8. Prophet
9. How Many Lies
10. Drowning in Tears
11. Entire album in 5.1 Surround Sound and Stereo [DVD side]
12. ROM Content [DVD side]

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Format:Audio CD
The second release on the new DualDisc (CD one side/DVD the other) format revisits this 2001 Gary Moore album. This wasn't the first time Moore had turned his attention toward making a straight forward electric blues album, but despite the feeling he may have coasted a little, this still stands alongside his best work in that area. The overall feel is loose, loud, semi-improvised and gritty. A stand out track is B.B.King's 'You Upset Me Baby', which benefits from some unexpected brass backing. The nearest you get to anything original is on the raging 'Cold Black Night', which according to on screen notes on the DVD side generated out of some experiments with drum'n'bass rhythms.
The DVD side doesn't include any actual film or video footage (which you have to say is a shame on this new format). However, it's hard to fault the 5.1 surround sound mix as it really brings these tracks to life, adding another layer to the overall effect. The onscreen features include liner notes by Gary Moore that offer informative comments about the recording and origins of the relevant track ('Stormy Monday' was recorded live in one take etc.) and you also have photos and computer ROM content to search through. Not over loaded with extras then, but Gary Moore's fans will love the sound quality on that DVD side.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Welcome back, Gary... back to the blues." 5 Aug 2009
By Daniel S. Sullivan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After a run of best-selling blues-based albums in the early 1990's, Gary went away from the blues for a couple of albums-just for a change of pace and creative stimulation. 2001 saw him return to his beloved blues with renewed energy.
A more stripped down approach was utilized; guitar, bass, keys & drums were the basic line-up, with horns only appearing on one track. A mix of blues standards and Moore originals were passionately rendered by Gary and his band.

In addition to his usual Les Paul & Stratocaster, a flock of new instruments appeared; Gibson's ES-355 & ES-335 were prominently featured, as well as a Les Paul double-cut,and-on the opening cut "Enough Of The Blues"-a Dobro resonator guitar, which stars the album with an old-record style scratchiness. After 12 bars the sound clears and the band hammers. Good opening.

B.B. King's "You Upset Me Baby" is the only track to feature Gary's "Midnight Horns", and they make this tune swing.

"Cold Black Night" is the most rocking of any of Gary's blues originals. The bass and drums lay down a super-fast 12 bar groove, and Gary plays at an even faster tempo during his lead guitar breaks. The chromatic climb with the Wah-Wah pedal puts the 'rock' into blues rock.

T-Bone Walker's "Stormy Monday" is an incredible 1-take live in the studio performance, with Gary turning in one of his all-time best performances, including the vocals. No overdubs-just blues at it's best.

Gary's arrangement of Clarence Carter's "I Ain't Got You" is very much like the Yardbirds arrangement, except Gary blows the pants off of Eric Clapton's original lead work (no offense, E.C.).

"Picture of the Moon" is a gorgeous ballad that has the electric for the blues feel, but some nice nylon string work to evoke images of Spain. Tastefully done.

"Looking Back" is a Johnny 'Guitar' Watson tune that John Mayall covered with Gary's mentor Peter Green on guitar. The arrangement is essentially the same, and it rocks.

"The Prophet" is an instrumental in the style of Gary's 1987 classic "The Loner". Very emotional, dark & moody.

"How Many Lies" is a rocking blues shuffle that chugs along nicely, balancing guitar and vocals just right.

As he often does, Gary ends the cd with a somber moody vocal. On this album, it's "Drowning In Tears", which is possibly the album's only weak point, as it drones on and on and on... This is negligible, as the rest of the album more than makes up for it.
The 2nd disc is a dvd which is re-mixed in 5.1 surround sound. Gary has a little anecdote for each song accompanied by a still shot from the albums photos on the inner sleeve. A truly great blues rock effort. 5 stars.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not As Strong As Other Albums 23 Jun 2011
By J.L. Populist - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As a Gary Moore fan I was mildly disappointed with this cd.
Moore's best disc by far wasBad for You Baby.
This disc has some great blues tracks and some that just aren't my cup of tea.

What I really like is "Stormy Monday" (penned by T-Bone Walker). Gary Moore did that Albert King song justice with his version.
"The Prophet" is another funeral dirge type instrumental. Very emotionally charged!
"Looking Back" is a catchy little tune with whimsical lyrics.
As with other albums there is another standout cover tune to go along with "Stormy Monday".
"You Upset Me Baby" is that song. It's a B.B.King song and serves as an example that Gary Moore was proficient at covering songs from artists with different styles.

I prefer After Hours,Close As You Get, and the previously mentioned "Bad For You Baby" over this cd.
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