Back To The Blues
CMC International

Gary Moore returns to the blues, the genre that finally gave him the critical praise that his metal albums never did. After a rich career that included stints with Thin Lizzy, Colosseum II, Greg Lake and his own solo projects, Moore hit pay dirt with the 1990 release Still Got The Blues. It did so well that he followed it with After Hours featuring Albert king, BB King and Albert Collins. Next came Blues Alive and Blues For Greeny all selling well but his rock fans were screaming for another hard rock injection.

Dark Days in Paradise was his answer back. A slick production with only slight mid-tempo rockers that didn’t do the trick. A couple compilations later, Moore released A Different Beat, which was just that. Not catering to any one style, the record left fans thoroughly confused. So it’s no wonder that we’re staring at another blues record. This seems to be where Moore is at and he’s sticking with it.

Back To The Blues, a ten-track collection, mixes Moore originals with gritty and intense covers of standards such as Stormy Monday, You Upset Me Baby and I Ain't Got You. The album is a resounding return to form. The guitarist mixes and matches contrasting styles within the idiom whilst displaying sincere feel for the music and traditional technique.

Recorded almost as a live record, Back To The Blues showcases Moore to be a true fan. It finds Moore in arguably the best playing form of his chequered career and as full of fire as the sixteen-year kid that first caught the eye of Peter Green back in the 1960s.