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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 (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,126 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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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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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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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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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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A collection of some of Gary's great original blues tracks and covers, also including live performances feat. BB King and Albert Collins. Inside the front cover, it also comes with the names of the tracks, as well as a look into Gary's journey with the blues. If you're a Moore fan who wants to listen to some of his bluesy material, definitely a must buy.
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I've never been a particular fan of Gary Moore.Familiar with only his more well known work & liking it.His albums have always seemed patchy at best to me. So I'm delighted to have come across this collection which which is surely the best it could be. A real treat for lovers of electric blues.Not a dud track on the album, & some tracks worth the very reasonable album price on their own.Buy a copy;what's to loose? Only one tiny complaint, 'Red House' isn't on the album (see it live on the 'Strat Pack' DVD. Brilliant!
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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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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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