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The Best of the Blues

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
A handy and generous double-disc one live, one studio compilation of Gary Moore's four Virgin label blues albums is predominantly an excellent introduction to this showy hard rocker turned midlife third-generation bluesman. The 31 tracks liberally sample from his relatively short five-year association with Virgin roughly 1990-1995 but ignore his excellent 2001 Back to the Blues release on Sanctuary. Still, there are more than enough hot licks here to prove that Moore could be a convincing blues musician if he decided to give up his more ostentatious shred rock profession and focus on blues full time. While purists may gripe as Moore tears off searing, high-voltage riffs on...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
A handy and generous double-disc one live, one studio compilation of Gary Moore's four Virgin label blues albums is predominantly an excellent introduction to this showy hard rocker turned midlife third-generation bluesman. The 31 tracks liberally sample from his relatively short five-year association with Virgin roughly 1990-1995 but ignore his excellent 2001 Back to the Blues release on Sanctuary. Still, there are more than enough hot licks here to prove that Moore could be a convincing blues musician if he decided to give up his more ostentatious shred rock profession and focus on blues full time. While purists may gripe as Moore tears off searing, high-voltage riffs on covers of tracks made popular by Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Otis Rush, and John Mayall as well as Freddie, B.B., and Albert King the latter two along with Albert Collins turn up as guests on both discs, there's no denying the emotional ties the guitarist has to this material or his obvious vocal and instrumental talents. Unfortunately, Blues for Greeny, Moore's successful tribute to philosophical mentor Peter Green, is under-represented with only a handful of cuts, one of which "Need Your Love So Bad" is presented in an edited single version. Otherwise, this is a well-selected but poorly annotated bandmembers aren't even mentioned, nor are sources of the songs or when and where the live tracks were recorded compilation that shows how a rugged rock star can transform into a respectable bluesman, albeit one who plays very loud. Gary Moore may not be a rootsy, down-home guitarist, but he's just as passionate about this music as anyone who recorded for Chess. If Moore can expose other generations to the blues, as Cream and the Rolling Stones did before him, he has done his job well.
Blues Revue
Hang on tight and enjoy the ride.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/9/2002
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724381102527
  • Catalog Number: 11025
  • Sales rank: 25,593

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Walking by Myself (2:55)
  2. 2 Oh, Pretty Woman - Albert King (4:24)
  3. 3 Still Got the Blues (6:10)
  4. 4 Separate Ways (4:54)
  5. 5 Since I Met You Baby (2:51)
  6. 6 Story of the Blues (4:34)
  7. 7 All Your Love (3:40)
  8. 8 Too Tired - Albert Collins (2:50)
  9. 9 Need Your Love So Bad (4:06)
  10. 10 Midnight Blues (4:58)
  11. 11 King of the Blues (4:34)
  12. 12 Jumpin' at Shadows (4:20)
  13. 13 Texas Strut (4:49)
  14. 14 Moving On (2:38)
  15. 15 Stop Messin' Around (3:52)
  16. 16 Parisienne Walkways-'93 (5:02)
  17. 17 The Supernatural (3:00)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Caldonia (5:35)
  2. 2 You Don't Love Me (No No No) (4:17)
  3. 3 Key to Love (2:20)
  4. 4 The Thrill Is Gone (8:43)
  5. 5 Stormy Monday (10:17)
  6. 6 Cold, Cold Feeling (7:18)
  7. 7 Further Up the Road (5:49)
  8. 8 The Stumble (3:00)
  9. 9 Oh, Pretty Woman (4:07)
  10. 10 Walking by Myself (4:10)
  11. 11 Too Tired (3:40)
  12. 12 Still Got the Blues (For You) (6:50)
  13. 13 All Your Love (3:54)
  14. 14 Midnight Blues (6:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gary Moore Primary Artist
B.B. King Track Performer
Albert King Track Performer
Technical Credits
Freddie King Composer
Sonny Thompson Composer
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