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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 (4 Feb. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B00005TZJX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,592 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Drawing together the best of Gary Moore's four recent blues albums, along with the unforgettable "Parisienne Walkways 93" and a whole bonus CD of live tracks, Gary Moore: The Best of the Blues, is essential listening for the army of Gary Moore followers and all fans of the blues.

1990 was a watershed in the career of Gary Moore. It was the year that the virtuoso guitarist turned his back on the rock guitar that had made his name and returned to playing his true love, the blues. He released Still Got the Blues, the first of four highly successful blues albums, and became one of the true superstars of the genre. After Hours, Blues Alive and Blues for Greeny, his tribute to Peter Green, followed, and his collaborations with blues legends Albert King, Albert Collins and BB King further enhanced this reputation.

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Like the guy in Spinal Tap, Gary Moore has an amp that goes up to 11, and at times during the two and half hours of The Best Of The Blues you wonder if it's stuck there. Luckily episodes of thunder and lightning are interspersed with performances like "Still Got The Blues", "Need Your Love So Bad" and "Midnight Blues" on the first disc of this 2-CD set, or "Cold, Cold Feeling" on the second--calmer passages where the storm clouds yield to shafts of silver light. Disc 1 is a selection from four early-90s albums (Still Got The Blues, After Hours, Blues Alive and Blues For Greeny), with guest-spots by Albert King, B.B. King and Albert Collins, plus a concert recording of "Parisienne Walkways". Disc 2 has the same guests (though on different songs) and half-a-dozen of the same titles, but this is all unissued concert material. Live performance only stimulates Moore's tendency to skip the foreplay, producing music that is urgent, active and seething with testosterone. Great stuff for a night in with the lads. --Tony Russell

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Macca on 5 Dec. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is a superior "best of" album, and you should get it for the bonus Live disc 2, capturing Gary on the Still Got the Blues and After Hours tours in the early 90s.

The live disc features a tremendous performance of Stormy Monday with Albert King, and the performances of Texas Strut, Moving On, Still Got the Blues and Midnight Blues are superior to the original album versions.

Great album
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Feb. 2002
Format: Audio CD
This compilation of Gary Moore's blues albums from the 90s (excluding the recent Back to the Blues) offers a good reflection of his output over this period. It is therefore a perfectly good introduction to his blues work.
For those who have already bought these albums, the main reason to buy is the bonus CD of live material. The collaborations with BBK and Albert King and Albert Collins have been taken from two live videos Moore released in the 90s and, as such, emphasise the development in his playing over 3-4 years. The earlier work with Albert King and Collins shows Moore struggling to free himself from some hard rock excesses (don't get me wrong - these are still fine performances). The later and excellent Thrill is Gone with BB King illustrates how far Moore developed over a few years with much greater restraint being shown (while still being an extremely enjoyable performance).
My recommendation is therefore to buy purely on the strength of the bonus disk.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "sbusby59" on 24 Mar. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Generally I'm not a compilation fan, but this is an excellent album for sticking in the car and driving with it at a good volume. Definitely not a chill out album!
Gary Moore consistently shows excellent technique and mastery of his chosen axe... Disc 1 is predominantly a studio CD with excellent track selections and coalitions with the blues greats along with Gary's own blues classics and the prerequisite hommage to the great Peter Green, The Supernatural. Disc 2 is labelled a Bonus Disc, and should be viewed as such. The stand out track for me, out of the mainly live track selection, is the Freddie King/ Peter Green popularised classic, The Stumble. Some of the other tracks make up for in atmosphere for what they slightly lack in 'tightness'. This is the only reason it lost a star in this reviewers opinion.
All in all I thoroughly recommend this CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashley ALLEN on 18 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Back in the early 1990s Gary Moore shook off the heavy metal rock jacket he wore on albums like Wild Frontier, Run For Cover, After the War etc and embarked on a journey into the blues genre. I was lucky enough to see the opening live concert he gave with the Midnight Blues Band at the Apollo(then Odeon) Hammersmith.Guest artists included the great Albert King and Albert Collins.I will never forget how much I enjoyed the vigour and excitement of this wondeful concert performance. Thankfully these London concerts and others on the tour spawned some great VHS recordings which sadly never reached DVD format but we live in hope they will be re released in this format soon.If you have never heard Gary Moore as a guitarist then you are in for an absolute treat. This double CD album at a real budget price makes compulsive listening and you will wonder why you never got more into Gary Moore before.It captures Moore at the absolute peak of his vocal and guitar playing powers. It does not come much better than this and this CD issue sets a very high standard in blues rock music...the studio recordings are tight as a drum amd the live performances especially with King and Collins are to die for. The quality of lead guitar playing is truly exceptional. Whatever your girlfriend or wife says to you..ignore it...and just play this album as loud as you can!! This is definitely a great CD set for those long journeys in the car BUT please no air guitar while you are driving!!!Enjoy enjoy enjoy!!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Feb. 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is probably his finest album yet. It has more depth to it than previous albums because he has taken the energy from the rock albums and the feelings of the blues albums to produce a masterpiece. There's nothing better than jamming along with Movin' On (if you play the guitar!) and Stop Messin' Around. There's a brilliant version of the Thrill Is Gone with BB King and an extended lead guitar solo on the live Still Got The Blues track that re-defines the term 'blues guitar solo'.
I can't stop listening to this album, so I say go ahead and listen to it too, as much as possible.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ron D. Innes VINE VOICE on 7 Feb. 2002
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This album is Gary Moore at his very best. The variety of tracks from the raunchy to the chilled out are superbly played. This is what Blues is all about, tight, crisp, great guitar riffs. Now if only we could get Gary and Clapton together......
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "mfahey1" on 3 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
This cd covers some great aggresive playing, as we would expect from Gary, The old Les Paul really does the job. All guitar addicts will appreciate the fabulous tone, particularly on the rework of Fleetwood Mac's 'Stop Messin' Around' - complete with the stand alone tone of Peter Green's old Les Paul, It's got to be for Gary to produce 'that' tone. To be brief, this is Gary Moor playing blues as only he can, there's too many tracks to review individually. But if you like guitar playing with an edge, and your into the blues, this is one that can't be missed. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
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