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Back on the Streets Import
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FEATURING PHIL LYNOTT AND BRIAN DOWNEY ON SEVERAL TRACKS,THIS CLASSIC ALBUM ALSO INCLUDES 3 LYNOTT SONGS INCLUDING 'PARISIENNE WALKWAYS'
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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!).Read more ›
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.
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.
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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An interesting LP covering all bases: punk, metal,blues, jazz and Parisienne Walkways. Perhaps a little too variedPublished 3 months ago by Eleanor Hamilton
Best thing he ever did along with the Black Rose Lizzy album. Don't believe a word and Parisienne walkways awesome and played on the legendary Greeny les paul.Published 9 months ago by Ricardo lorenzo Flamenco
A representative masterpiece from a real master of the guitar. Shame he's gone.Published 14 months ago by David C. Oldroyd
It's Gary Moore ! It's Back on the Streets, say no more it's superb. Buy it you won't be disappointed it has Rock, Jazz rock, Ballads the works and of course Parisienne WalkwaysPublished 15 months ago by Stuart A. Johnson
Brilliant solo album, and not just because of Parisienne Walkways. What is puzzling me though, and has done for a number of decades is; on certain websites, they have, on a number... Read morePublished 18 months ago by John Barber
Fantastic album from legendary string-meister Moore. I'd say this is his best solo album by far (only 'Corridors Of Power' comes close) and that he was in his absolute prime on... Read morePublished on 21 Aug. 2014 by Phil Taylor
Bought this on vinyl when it was released and I remember being overwhelmed by the virtuosity and versatility of Gary's playing. Read morePublished on 26 July 2014 by David Mansfield