Review: Gary Moore – Live From London
Provogue/Mascot Label Group (January 31st 2020)
Reviewer: Stephen Brophy
It has been almost 9 years since we lost the legendary guitarist, but that legacy continues to spawn new releases, and the latest on the Mascot label is a live album from a sold out show at London’s Islington Academy back in 2009. This show is from the Bad For You Baby Tour, showcasing the album of the same name, which was to be Gary’s last solo album release.
The set on the night was a mixture of new tracks off the album and a lot of cover tracks. What you can be sure of though is that Moore displayed both his guitar and vocal talents from start to finish. We also get a mix of mostly Blues Rock tracks on this one which is interesting as he was in the process of putting together another Rock album prior to his death, the man could play either without anything sounding out of place.
There have been plenty of Live albums released by Moore over the years, and some unreleased shows that most fans seem to have, so where does this slot into the list. For me this is a good live album, and no doubt avid fans will pick this up anyway, the songs are interesting in selection of the covers, and mix well with his own tracks and as mentioned the guitar playing as you would expect is excellent, but I would much prefer a full set of his own music. I will no doubt pick this one up to add to the collection and it’s definitely worth checking out. One thing I appreciate is the odd bum note, not removed in the mix, makes it feel the way it should live.
Highlights for me aside from the brilliant ‘Still Got The Blues‘ that just brims over with passion, every note and lyric just sinks into you, and of course the closing tones of ‘Parisienne Walkways‘ which is a song I never want to leave my memory, and that held note that still raises the hair on the back of my neck and almost brings a tear to the eye, it’s a beautiful song. Don’t leave out other songs like John Mayall’s ‘Have You Heard‘, which is just spot on as a cover, aided by the keyboard accompaniment or his own ‘Since I Met You Baby‘ that just rocks along, showing just how well his voice was suited to Blues songs. Another album to add to the list and something a little different, Moore was on very good form on the night by the sound of this album, so some more great memories for those that were present in Islington.