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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.

In a career dating back to the 1960s, Moore played with artists including Phil Lynott and Brian Downey as early as his secondary school days, leading him to membership with the Irish rock band ... Read more in Amazon's Gary Moore Store

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  • Audio CD
  • ASIN: B0012LCFL8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Derek Clacton on 23 Sept. 2013
Format: Audio CD
A very welcome re-release of Gary's wonderful classic solo album Back On The Streets, with four bonus tracks - "Track Nine", the b-side to the single version of the title track, plus three versions of "Spanish Guitar" - one with Gary singing, one with Phil Lynott singing and one (another b-side) with nobody singing (although described as an "instrumental" it sounds like the backing track edited). "Track Nine" is a genuine instrumental - another jazz-rock number in a Colosseum II style, although not quite as polished as the three superb instrumentals on the original album. "Spanish Guitar"(complete with castanets) was a slightly dubious single following the surprise top 10 success of "Parisienne Walkways": some might think that 3 versions is about 3 too many but, for completists, it's great to have this record of what Gary released at the time. Despite the apparent commercialism, Gary thankfully put in a neat solo outro to rescue proceedings!

And as for the original album itself, it's a diverse collection of numbers, ranging from hard rock - jazz rock - blues rock - pop rock - and even soul. Although this wide range won't appeal to everyone, for others it's part of what made the album so enjoyable - from the opening riff of the blistering title track to the last fading notes of "Parisienne Walkways". Although keeping a foot firmly in the jazz rock camp, Gary clearly saw his immediate future in hard rock (he would soon record the classic Black Rose album with Thin Lizzy) but had the ability and confidence to record other styles. Gary really was on top form at this time, full of creative energy (check out The Old Grey Whistle Test performances of "Back On The Streets" and "Don't Believe A Word" on You Tube, if you haven't already!).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. J. H. Thorn VINE VOICE on 10 Dec. 2010
Format: Audio CD
A lot of blues has passed under the bridge since Gary Moore made this album. At the time, he was most associated with Thin Lizzy and I wasn't aware then that he had played with Colosseum. I was surprised therefore when I heard the jazz rock fusion instrumentals which take up about half the playing time.

The first three tracks were more in line with what I expected, being straight rock numbers. The title track is the best of these, a lively opener. 'Don't Believe A Word' is a slow, slightly menacing version of the Lizzy hit; it's good, but I prefer the other one. 'Fanatical Fascists' is a Phil Lynott song that starts out sounding like a Tom Robinson Band tub-thumper before settling into a more familiar rock pattern. Lynott and Brian Downey both assist on these tracks.

'Flight Of The Snow Moose' is an obvious play on the title of one of Camel's best-known albums and its slow opening suggests something proggy, but it soon morphs into a fast, furious piece complete with lightning fretboard runs. Parts of this are breathtaking. The aptly-titled 'Hurricane' and 'What Would You Rather Be Or A Wasp' explore other facets of jazz rock, including some very funky grooves. All of this material is highly impressive.

The other two tracks are more mainstream, a ballad that doesn't suit Moore in my opinion, and the gorgeous melody of 'Parisienne Walkways' which The Shadows quickly pounced on when they recorded their 'String Of Hits' album the same year. 'Back On The Streets' represents something of a risk then, not being focussed on one approach, but it's a risk that pays off.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Bruvik on 9 Oct. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The sleeve notes from 2011 and the remaster of the first 8 tracks are as good as it gets,good job. However there isnt so much deluxe about the rest of this release.

The sound quality on the bonus tracks is not good at all. The audio is compressed and at least Track Nine sounds like its sourced from an Acetate or a 7" and not from the masters. There are better sounding version of all the bonus tracks already available on various Japanese CD compilations like Spanish Guitar and Memorial Collection. Why Universal have used the better sounding version of the 4 bonus tracks remains a mystery.

This could have been a top notch release with the bonus tracks replaced and if Universal had included more material. For instance the US LP versions of several of the tracks and the tracks from the Old Grey Whistle Test in 1979 should have been included on this release for starters. In addition there a number of studio outtakes from these sessions in Morgan Studios which remains in the vault.

Hopefully Universal gets this release right the second time around.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Owen on 21 Nov. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Excellent album. I want it on CD because I fear for my vinyl and tape !!!!! copies. But be warned if you are looking for blues or rock alone this is not for you. Think 70s jazz fusion on guitar. Which is why I like it, as well as Back on the streets and the best arrangement of Dont Believe a Word, even though Lizzys version was excellent.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. Cresswell on 14 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
As a drummer I was first recommended this album for Simon Phillips' far-out drumming on three of it's fusion oriented tracks. It appears that after Colosseum II, Gary Moore gathered with Don Airy and John Mole with Simon Phillips replacing John Hiseman for one last fusion outing (like addicts in recovery almost) and the results are pretty good in my opinion. It does all sound a bit like Jeff Beck in places though. The basic melody in Flight of the Snow Moose is straight out of Beck's Scatterbrain, albeit in a 6/8 rather than 9/8 time signature. Hurricane can also be traced back to Billy Cobham's Spectrum album so no prizes for guessing what was on Moore's iPod (!!) in the 70s.

The rest of the Album features a collaboration with Phil Lynott and Brian Downey as they Jam around a mix of new stuff and a Lizzy cover. This includes the very well known Parisenne Walkways which as a fusion buff has always sent me to sleep, but I'm not knocking the achievement - it's one of the best known blues guitar licks of the last 40 years.

Not for everyone and probably one for egg-heads and hardcore fans, but if you like a bit of fusion, it's a guilty pleasure of an album you should not overlook.
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