Gary Moore - 'Legacy' (Music Club Deluxe) Print E-mail
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Written by Russ P   
Friday, 02 November 2012 04:00

Gary-Moore-Legacy-176pxFor me personally Gary Moore was THE guitarist when I was growing up and learning to play the guitar. His playing was both flashy and tasteful making him the perfect role model. Seeing him on Rockschool in the mid-80s demonstrating a range of Boss effects pedals must have accounted for a peak in sales of the Octaver pedal - a pedal that no one knew they needed until they heard Gary flatten it under foot.

 

'Legacy' is a compilation of Gary's hard rocking solo days through to his transition to the blues and I was keen to hear how this disparate material would sit side by side.

 

The album starts off on safe and familiar ground with the Phil Lynott / Gary Moore chart-topper 'Out In The Fields' which immediately brings back fond memories of Phil Lynott on Channel 4's metal show ECT and not so fond memories of the loudness of Neil Carter's keyboards. Looking back now I'm struck by how much this resembles a Billy Idol production. It must be a sign of those times as the next track 'Ready For Love' could have been cut in tandem with a Robert Palmer record.

 

'Hold Onto Love' is a reminder of how well rounded a musician Gary Moore was - a fine singer and a great pop songwriter. 'Military Man' gives us the b-side of 'Out In The Fields' and a welcome chance to hear Phil Lynott again.

 

Shortly after we get the first transition into his blues era with 'Oh Pretty Woman' and 'Still Got The Blues' taken from the album of the same name. The transition is pretty good - better than I expected. In fact 'Story Of The Blues' sits remarkably well alongside following track 'I Can't Wait Until Tomorrow' - you can still clearly hear the link between these two tracks via Gary's amazing ability to write a good tune. 'Still Got The Blues' also has deeper links with 'Parisienne Walkways' and Thin Lizzy's 'Still In Love With You' with a sublime guitar performance that Gary produced so many of during his long career.

 

It's nice to see oft-overlooked singer supremo John Sloman represented here who pops up for a few of the live tracks singing lead vocals on 'Rockin And Rollin'' and 'Nuclear Attack' both taken from 'Rockin' Every Night - Live in Japan'.

         

Whilst the first forays into the blues aren't as jarring as I anticipated there are a few other blues tracks on here that get just a little bit too...well...damn bluesy for my tastes. 'Need Your Love So Bad' is one 'Too Tired' is another. Also 'Since I Met You Baby' but the presence of BB King excuses this one.

 

Tucked away at the back of the album are the truly awful tracks: 'Dark Days In Paradise' and 'Burning In Our Hearts' - dark days indeed. What was he thinking? I've never actually heard these tracks before and I hope I never hear them again.

 

As if in apology the final two tracks are a couple of brilliant ones - 'Empty Rooms' and a live rendition of 'Parisienne Walkways' - both count as pinnacles of his guitar playing and melodic sense. Gary Moore's sustained note on 'Parisienne Walkways' alone guarantees his legendary status.

 

Gary had such an amazing and varied career that even this double CD cannot contain it. Even before his solo work of the 1980s there was the jazz-fusion outfit Colosseum II, the original Skid Row and, of course, Thin Lizzy.

 

So even with this comprehensive 32-track double CD there is still much, much more to this man's legacy. Go discover!

 

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