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RIP Gary Moore,
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This review is from: Live At Montreux 2010 (Audio CD)
I have to say that I find it very, very hard to come to this body of work from Gary Moore and find myself not liking the material as much as I thought I would.
Now, whilst Gary had a long and fruitful career and became an iconic guitar player, this release does nothing to further the cause - unfortunately, it has all the hallmarks of a release to capitalize on the usual outpourings after a talented one leaves this mortal coil.
I have followed the career of Gary right from the very first time that I heard his playing on Night Of The Warm Witch on the "34 Hours" - Skid Row (original)- album when he was just a pasty 16 year old, and I have to say that while he was a competent rock guitarist, it was the blues that really allowed his playing to soar! Indeed, even the blues was able to have him sing a tune or two, tunefully, whereas with his rock singing, he always found it a bit of a strain - and indeed what we have here is an album recorded at the famous Montreux Jazz Festival which shows precisely what I am talking about. The rock numbers (including the new material) are proficiently played, but there is a spark missing and Gary is, without doubt, struggling in the higher registers, to the point where it is almost embarrassing! However, you get to the blues tracks and everything gells, and apart from Gary's guitar really coming to life, his singing improves, dramatically!
Of course, there is the inevitable rendition of Parisienne Walkways and this almost has the effect of being that last great effort before going to the Great Gig In The Sky - it really is very poignant!
As to whether I can play this album over, and over again - I very much doubt, I much prefer the multi album set recorded over several years at the Montreux Festival where Gary is on fire playing his blues numbers!
Unfortunately Live At Montreux 2010 is not the great final tribute to the excellent musician that was Gary Moore, let's hope that some forgotten gems still remain out there somewhere and provide the real tribute to the man!