Still Got The Blues
Review Published May 15, 1999
Artist Spotlite on Gary Moore
EB Rating - 5.0
- Moving On
- Oh Pretty Woman
- Walking By Myself
- Still Got The Blues
- Texas Strut
- Too Tired
- King Of The Blues
- As The Years Go Passing By
- Midnight Blues
- That Kind Of Woman
- All Your Love
- Stop Messin' Around
Released in 1990, this CD should pretty much be old news now, and it would seem that most everyone
has either heard this CD for themselves or gotten an opinion on it from a trusted friend. Still, whenever
someone asks me to make a few recommendations for guitar oriented blues-rock CD's,
Still Got The Blues is always in my first list of suggestions. A surprising
number of times the recipient of my suggestions either has not heard of Gary Moore or hasn't heard this CD.
If you enjoy blues-rock guitar and don't have this one in your collection, read on.
While I'm not absolutely certain of this, I believe Gary was the first hard rock guitarist to cross
over to blues by dedicating a full CD to the genre. There have been a string of "heavy blues" releases and blues CDs
produced by predominantly rock guitarists since the release of Still Got The Blues,
most notably the numerous releases on Shrapnel's Blue Bureau International division. But it's my feeling that Gary
set a standard in this area that has yet to be equaled. (I'll likely be challenged on that statement, however).
Simply put, Gary Moore stands comfortably among the top rock/blues
guitar players, past and present. He does rock the blues, there's no disputing that, playing powerful chords
and ripping off lots of rapid fire leads throughout the CD. But the emotional aspect of blues music is not
lost in a flurry of notes, as sometimes happens with this style of play. Gary injects tremendous passion into
his playing. And the gutsy, sustained growl oozing from his Les Paul makes me wonder why Fenders are so
prominently prefered by bluesmen. Completing the package, Gary's vocals are very good as well.
Albert Collins and Albert King
each make guest appearances, both trading licks with Gary. The contrast of playing styles between Gary and these
blues veterans makes for some interesting listening.
George Harrison also makes a guest appearance, playing slide
guitar on That Kind of Woman. Of the 12 tracks, most
of them are medium or fast paced, but there are three slower ballads to break things up. The most notable of these slower
numbers is the title cut, Still Got The Blues, on which Gary does some very nice
melodic, passionate lead work. In all, there are 5 originals and 7 covers.
As with many CDs I review, this CD features lots of aggressive guitar, and mostly upbeat, faster
paced blues-rock songs. If you are a fan of guitar-driven blues rock, there's no question this CD needs to be in
your collection. It probably won't have a lot of appeal to those who favor primarily tradional blues.
Gary did however, release a later CD entitled Blues For Greeny,
on which he plays a guitar given to him by Peter Green,
and features Peter's songs. This CD has a much more tradional flavor to it, and frankly was a bit too laid back for me. However,
I have heard (or read) several favorable comments from others regarding Gary's playing on this CD.