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Gary Moore

Live at Montreux 2010

Review by Gary Hill

One of the final concerts by Gary Moore, this features a classic collection of his hard-edged brand of blues rock. I’ve already reviewed the DVD of this set. Although Moore occasionally winds up off-key in terms of vocals, his guitar playing is always incredible and the musical concepts involved are classic.

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Track by Track Review
Over The Hills And Far Away

Combining Celtic sounds with hard rocking bluesy guitar rock, this is a killer tune and a great way to start the set off in style.

Military Man
This number is more metallic and feels a lot like Thin Lizzy, but with more crunch. It’s got a lot of energy and really works well. There’s a killer melodic rock guitar solo on the number.
Days of Heroes
The riff that drives this really smokes. It’s another with a metallic edge to it.
Where Are You Now

Here’s a cut that’s slow and a bit more melodic. It’s a blues rocker that’s not as fierce as some of the other music we’ve heard thus far. It’s a good tune, but drags on a bit long.

So Far Away/Empty Rooms
A two-fer, this is an extensive jam that’s a slow, bluesy cut. It’s cool, but at times the vocals are a bit rough around the edges. The guitar playing, though, is killer.
Oh Wild One
Here’s a rocker that’s closer to the kind of music Moore did with Thin Lizzy.
Blood Of Emeralds
We get another smoking hot bluesy rocker. Things aren’t changed dramatically here, but this is a strong tune.
Out In The Fields
The trend continues. This one has some smoking hot guitar work and rocks out quite nicely.
Walking By Myself
Here’s a smoking hot blues rocker. It’s a real screamer that works quite well.
Johnny Boy
Coming in with acoustic guitar, “Johnny Boy” represents a change of pace.
Parisienne Walkways
Here’s another blues rocker. Moore’s guitar soloing is incredible on this one. It’s an intriguing tune because it alternates between harder rocking and mellower territory.
 
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