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How on earth do you follow Bad Reputation?Simple,make an even better album.....& they did!!!!!
on 3 November 2015
Black Rose is a sensational album.It contains 4 maybe 5 all time/any era great Lizzy songs that comfortably stand side by side with Lizzy's finest.Regardless of boasting 3 major hit singles,the overall consistency in songwriting is of very high quality.Not only that,the swagger & aggression is to the fore.To this fan the only album filler is S & M & even that contains a sensational guitar solo.This wasn't to be Gary's debut on record with Lizzy as he played on Nightlife & later on Life-Live,but it is Moore's only FULL Lizzy album. Gary Moore is all over this record,not only as lead guitarist but as an excellent foil in the vocal department,to Phillip's singing.Along with Still Got the Blues,this remains Gary's finest album.Some variety in the tunes; out & out rockers,slower tunes & longer tracks,& It's difficult to pick a highlight,I'll go for Waiting for an Alibi (just,over the title track).For me,this epitomises all of Lizzy's strength & qualities & in my view should be right up there with WITJ & TBABIT as one of the band's signature tunes.Along with Jailbreak,Live & Dangerous,& Bad Reputation this an essential purchase for any Lizzy fan.Alas,it wasn't to be,& this line-up imploded on an American tour,with Moore abruptly leaving the band.Bonus Disc.A lot of the deluxe 2nd discs in the Lizzy re-mastering are pretty lousy.This,thankfully contains some beautys.4, Nassau session versions of album tracks,alternate version of Toughest Street in Town.So far,so predictable;Cold Black Night is here,a track called Rockula which is pretty er,filler,& Just the two of us.Now the GEMS;STUDIO version of A night in the life of a Blues singer which is fabulous & then,a different,SLOW version of Don't Believe a Word which really is great, & IS NOT the same as the one on Gary Moore's solo album.Fabulous.Gary's time in Lizzy was only brief,but my word,was it great???Yes,it was!!!!