Gary Moore - Live From London [2LP]
Some shows are so momentous that they pass into rock 'n' roll folklore. When Gary Moore
stepped onto the stage of London's Islington Academy on December 2nd, 2009, it was a true
one-off, showcasing one of blues-rock's biggest names in an intimate club setting. Nobody
in the sell-out crowd that night suspected the great Irish bluesman was close to the end.
But when Moore passed away fourteen months later the show took on added poignancy,
cherished as one of his last stands, kept alive in the memories of those who attended.
Now, a decade later, the release of Live From London resurrects the much-missed Irishman,
bringing his blazing talents back into the spotlight, capturing the sparks of that night and
bottling a performance that stands amongst Moore's very best. ''It was a full-on show and
an amazing performance,'' remembers Jon Norman, who organised the event for the Planet
Rock radio station. ''He even overran the venue's curfew - it just felt like he never wanted to
The prolific Irishman barely paused for a breath during four decades of music. In early years,
he earned a guitar-hero reputation from the heavy rock of albums like 1978's Back On The
Streets and 1985's Run For Cover (respectively featuring the classic Parisienne Walkways
and Out In The Fields, both co-written by Moore and Lynott). But in 1990, Moore returned to
his first love with Still Got The Blues, a global hit whose A-list contributors included Albert
King, Albert Collins and George Harrison. Moore was never a one-band man, and he tore
through the '70s like a train. Whether igniting his own solo career with
1973's Grinding Stone, or making on/off appearances in Lynott's Thin Lizzy, with whom he
recorded classic songs Still In Love With You, Waiting For An Alibi, and Do Anything You Want
To. It was testament to the guitarist's versatile talent that during that same decade, he was
able to join jazz-fusioneers Colosseum II - and even collaborate with West End composer
Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The Live From London concert ups the ante, meanwhile, with a home straight of classics,
which include the bittersweet melody of Still Got The Blues and the seismic stabs of Jimmy
Rogers' Walking By Myself, the crowd roaring back the call-and-response vocal. Finally,
for the kiss-off, Moore's mastery of mood lets him shift gears to the poignant Parisienne
Walkways, the UK#8 hit still retaining its love-gone-bad magic, three decades later. It
was a never-to-be-repeated night, spoken of in a reverential whisper amongst blues-rock
aficionados. But now, with Live From London, you can be there too, thanks to a live
album so immersive that listeners can practically feel the crush of the crowd and the heat
from the valve amps. As Norman says: ''What more could you ask for from a live show...?''
1. Oh, Pretty Woman
2. Bad For You Baby
3. Down The Line
4. Since I Met You Baby
5. Have You Heard
6. All Your Love
7. The Mojo (Boogie)
8. I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know
9. Too Tired
10. Still Got The Blues
11. Walking By Myself
12. The Blues Is Alright
13. Parisienne Walkways
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