Old, New, Ballads, Blues

Old, New, Ballads, Blues

by Gary Moore


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Old, New, Ballads, Blues

Since the early '90s Belfast guitar whiz Gary Moore has returned again and again to the blues, leaving his metal phase far behind. Old New Ballads Blues is exactly what the title says it is, a mix of old blues (covers of songs by Elmore James, Willie Dixon, and Otis Rush), new blues (five Moore originals), ballads (half the album) and, well, blues (by one definition or another, everything here passes for blues). The real surprise is that the strongest songs are the original Moore-penned ballads, as Moore gives powerful and atmospheric performances (both vocally and as a guitarist) on "Gonna Rain Today," "No Reason to Cry," and a solid horn-augmented remake of one of his best songs, "Midnight Blues," from what is easily his best album, 1990s million-selling Still Got the Blues. The James and Dixon covers ("Done Something Wrong" and "You Know My Love" respectively) seem disappointingly by-the-numbers, while the Rush song, "All Your Love," fares a bit better, but Moore's own compositions shine brightest here, giving him plenty of room to weep on the old Les Paul, which is a very good thing, since vocals have never been Moore's strongest suit and his lyrics are often on the slight side. All of that vanishes when his guitar takes over a song, and on the instrumental "Cut It Out," Moore's muscular guitar tone says as much or more about life inside the blues as any of the vocal numbers.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/02/2006
Label: Eagle Records
UPC: 0826992009025
catalogNumber: 20090

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gary Moore   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Don Airey   Keyboards
Sid Gould   Trumpet
Frank Mead   Alto
Nick Payn   Baritone
Graham Walker   Drums
Vic Martin   Keyboards
Nick Pentalow   Tenor Saxophone
Jonathan Noyce   Bass
Darrin Mooney   Drums
Pete Rees   Bass

Technical Credits

Gary Moore   Composer,Producer,Brass Arrangment,Audio Production
Don Airey   Brass Arrangment
Stuart Green   Artwork
Otis Rush   Composer
Ian Taylor   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Gregg Jackmann   Engineer

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