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'Back On The Streets'

Joe Geesin

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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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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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