Guitarist

Gary Moore How Blue Can You Get

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A raft of unreleased tracks from the blues master

It’s unbelievab­le to think that 10 years have passed since the world lost Gary Moore and yet, as this album proves, there are still gems to be found in the archives. And listeners may be pleased to discover the tracks form a kind of Gary-bynumbers – in other words, there’s a little of everything that made the man the blues monster that he was.

You have the traditiona­l side of his repertoire, such as scorching versions of Freddie King’s I’m Tore Down, Memphis Slim’s Steppin’ Out and Elmore James’s Done Somebody Wrong – with Gary on slide guitar – coupled with slow ballads in the Empty Rooms and Parisienne Walkways vein including the title track and Love Can Make A Fool Of You, the latter stealing the show with its positively volcanic guitar solo.

Fans of slow-tempo blues are catered for, too, with the seven-plusminute­s Living With The Blues that demonstrat­es Gary’s ability to pace a song and fire off a solo imbued with restrained drama. About halfway through the CD we began to wonder why these tracks hadn’t enjoyed a full release during Gary’s lifetime. We know he was a perfection­ist and renowned self-critic, but, to us at least, there’s all the passion and pyrotechni­cs that are to be found throughout his catalogue. That he is sadly missed is without question – but the fact albums like this can appear after a decade is a marvel. [DM]

Standout track: Love Can Make A Fool Of You For fans of: Clapton, BB King, Albert King

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