Title - 'Live At Bush Hall 2007' (Eagle Records)
Artist - Gary Moore
The late, great Gary Moore was one of the finest and most respected guitarists of his generation. Of that there can be no argument. In a career dating back to the 1960s, Moore played with musicians including Phil Lynott and Brian Downey during his teens, leading him to memberships with the Irish bands Skid Row and Thin Lizzy.
Moore even shared the stage with such blues and rock musicians as B.B. King, Albert King, George Harrison, and Greg Lake, as well as having a successful solo career. He also guested on a number of albums recorded by other high-profile musicians, such was his always in-demand guitar playing.
This concert, recorded at London's Bush Hall on May 17th, 2007, was originally broadcast by Planet Rock radio, making this the very first time the recording has been made available outside of this original broadcast format.
The concert features a number of tracks from Gary's then newly released Close As You Get album, many of which he rarely played live after this, alongside classics from his extensive back catalog. Classic such as 'Still Got The Blues,' 'Walking By Myself,' and even covers from Chuck Berry through to Little Milton.
“Thank you. We’re gonna do some different stuff for you tonight. Gonna be doing stuff off the new album, it that’s okay with you,” Gary Moore introduces, before sliding right into ‘If The Devil Made Whiskey.’ After the applause dies down, he thanks the audience once again, and then makes them aware he’s about to launch into a Chuck Berry song, ‘Thirty Days.‘ An exhilarating, fast train-running cover, it showcases Moore’s fine vocal strengths in style. From there he launches into ‘Trouble At Home,’ a track that ebbs along, as the first guitar ballad of the live album it's a real pleasure to behold.
The hard blues of 'Hard Times' is next, and that's backed by a 1951 Sonny Boy Williamson cover, the rip roaringly brilliant, 'Eyesight To The Blind.' Moore asks if everyone is okay, before dipping into the slow Irish blues of 'I Had A Dream.' At nearly eight minutes long, the heavy-guitar-solo'd track is one of the true highlights of this live set, trust me. From there we go straight into the the always-great-to-hear blues of 'Too Tired,' which itself then bleeds effortlessly into the instrumental, 'Gary's Blues 1.'
Up next is the second longest track on the album, the nearly nine minute 'Don't Believe A Word,' which slides Moore into his cultured rock/pop blues section of the show just perfectly. More than announces that he's going to do a "different kind of song next, one that's in tune with the times", and then launches into the stunning, simply stunning guitar and vocal work of 'Still Got The Blues.'
The thunderous electric guitar work of 'Walking By Myself' is along for the musical ride next, and after saying goodnight to the baying crowd, thanking them for having shown up, Moore is quickly back out and launching into the longest track on the album, the Little Milton cover, 'The Blues Is Alright.' Moore then brings the album to a final close with the Gordon Lightfoot cover, 'Sundown,' before he gently thanks everyone for coming out and departs the stage, one last time.