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'Back On The Streets'

Joe Geesin

joe geesin

gary moore back on the streets

The late blues/rock guitarist's first full solo album gets a long overdue remaster and what a wonderful album it is too.

Gary Moore spent most of the 70s trying to find his feet (direction wise) between Skid Row, two stints with Thin Lizzy, Colosseum II and one album as The Gary Moore Band.

This album was recorded in 1978 during his second stint with Lizzy, a year before the latter's classic 'Black Rose' LP, thus it features Brian Downey and Phil Lynott on several tracks. The album also features keyboard player Don Airey.

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Opening with the title track, which is a blistering number that features riffs and solos that would influence the 'Black Rose' set. It's uptempo, with some good guitar interplay.

Gary's version of Lizzy's 'Don't Believe A Word' is much slower, the guitar work typical Moore, and it features Lynott on vocals.

'Fanatical Fascists' is fitting of the period, being slightly punky, while 'Flight Of The Snow Moose', with its strings and classical guitar intro, builds into a more jazz fusion number. Interestingly it features Colosseum II drummer John Mole. Lots of jazzy shred here. 'Hurricane' nods to the same but is more rocky.

The album closes with the classic, epic and signature tune 'Parisienne Walkways', with Gary's guitar and Phil's vocals standing out. Another classic number that showcases Moore's brilliant guitar work, even on the slower or gentler songs.

I've always loved this album and it's good it's been updated. There are four bonus tracks too, taking in the singles and b-sides of the time.

But. Yes, there's always a but. Several tracks were recorded live for the Old Grey Whistle Test, featuring the dream line-up of Gary, Phil, Don, Lizzy's Scott Gorham and renowned drummer Cozy Powell. These are crying out for an official release – a live line-up like that would attract so much fully deserved attention.

Gripe over – classic album, classic guitar work, classic Gary Moore.

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