Gary MOORE & The Midnight Blues Band – ‘Live In Concert @ The 1990 Montreux Festival’ (CD + DVD Union Square / Salvo)

Gary MOORE & The Midnight Blues Band – ‘Live In Concert @ The 1990 Montreux Festival’ (CD + DVD Union Square / Salvo)

The late Gary Moore, one of Ireland’s finest ever guitarists, famously turned his back on rock and metal after his acclaimed 1989 After The War album, and returned to his roots with a string of highly successful blues albums. This 1990 show sees Moore fronting his blues band at Montreux and kicking some serious arse with some melodic blues, brass, and blasts of some blistering guitar. And as a frontman he is also on top form with both his vocals and introducing songs.

Kicking off with Oh Pretty Woman, then the blistering Walking By Myself, we’re in the right groove (both rocking and catchy) within the first 2 songs; it’s a mix of originals and blues standards, each mixing Moore’s smiles and grimaces, you can tell he’s at home here. His guitar and performance is smooth, blistering and natural, at no point does it seem laboured. The added harmonica adds the perfect dimension.

Moving On rocks, and Too Tired is the first of several to feature Albert Collins.

All I can say is WOW what a performance; this is blues rock that is natural, from the heart. Gary Moore may have had his moody moments but when he was happy, in his element, the music was organic and all the better for it. Trust me, if you see Gary Moore smiling, you know that every arse on earth will be kicked until its owner smiles too.

A top DVD with 12 of the 16 tracks on an audio CD.

The Blues Is Alright – Too damn right. 9/10

Joe Gessin

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