Album Review: Gary Moore, "Still Got The Blues"

Fret-flicking guitarist Gary Moore has had his share of the 'blues' in the past. First with Thin Lizzy and more recently with his own solo career. It's no surprise really then that Moore has gone back to his roots to pay homage to some of the old blues masters and also to add his own contribution to the blues legacy.

The album features two of the finest blues guitarists in the world, namely Albert King and Albert Collins, plus an appearance by George Harrison who wrote the song That Kind Of Woman. There are two numbers featuring Albert King, the dynamic crescendo of As The Years Go Passing By and the screaming soulful blues of A.C.Williams' Oh Pretty Woman. Albert Collins joins Moore on Johnny 'Guitar' Watson's Too Tired, which takes the shape of an up-tempo blues workout.

Other covers include the Jimmy Rogers shuffle Walking By Myself and the Peter Green classic Stop Messin' Around. The CD also features the Bluesbreaker/ Otis Rush ditty, All Your Love.

There are five Moore-penned originals: Moving On, an up-tempo rock n' roller with a rockabilly feel and Texas Strutt, another uptempo number with a slightly heavier feel.

The slow-uplifting motion of Midnight Blues and the grounding grind of the Albert King tribute King Of The Blues shows Moore playing at two ends of the blues spectrum and coping with it admirably. Standing head over shoulders above everything else though is the title track Still Got The Blues, where Gary has amalgamated his classic sustained rock sound with a soulful searching string arrangement. This is a record that every budding guitarist should buy because it represents an open-mindedness that is sadly lacking in much of rock music today.

Mark Crampton
Riff Raff
May 1990

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