May 10, 2021 – In the ten years since Gary Moore’s passing, no previously unreleased authorized recordings of Gary’s have surfaced; that is, until now. Surprisingly, it was announced earlier this spring that there was indeed recorded music of Gary’s that had not seen the light of day. Last January, the live recording: “Gary Moore Live From London” was released and I thought that this might be the final collection of anything pertaining to Moore. Fortunately, I was wrong. This new release; “How Blue Can You Get” contains eight tracks, all of them harkening back to Gary’s blues period from 1991 to 2008.
Released on April 30th, these tracks appear to have been recorded during the mid-2000s when Gary released the albums; “Power of the Blues”, “As Close As You Get”, and “Bad for You Baby.” While some tracks such as “Tore Down” and “In My Dreams” have a ring of familiarity, others such as the Moore – penned “Looking at Your Picture” sound swampy-fresh and stand on their own. Actually, most of these tunes are better than the ones on 2001’s “Back to the Blues.”
For the most part, Gary’s playing on these tracks is pretty well restrained. Only on “Love Can Make a Fool of You” does he stretch out a bit. Make no mistake though, the notes he does play are well thought out and placed. His slide playing is exemplary on “Done Somebody Wrong.” A nice treat is his rendition of “Steppin’ Out” which showed his early influences when covered by Clapton in his days with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.”
To me, the standout track is “Living With The Blues”; not for the guitar playing but for the melodicism and the feel of it. The song harkens back to his “Still Got the Blues” album, which was by far his best and first blues album.
As with Gary’s “Live from London” disc, the deluxe edition of the CD comes in a box along with collectibles such as:
- A faux-worn cardboard case holding the CD slipcase and collectibles.
- A tri-fold slip case with liner notes.
- A perforated credit-card sized plastic card with four guitar picks that you can pop out.
- Two drink coasters with the album cover on the front and one of Gary’s guitars on the rear.
- A mini portrait of Gary holding one of his signature Gibson Les Paul™ guitars.
- A 4×4” postcard with a picture of Gary playing on the front.
Gary Moore’s “How Blue Can You Get” track listing is as follows:
- I’m Tore Down
- Steppin’ Out
- In My Dreams
- How Blue Can You Get
- Looking At Your Picture
- Love Can Make A Fool Of You
- Done Somebody Wrong
- Living With The Blues
The price of the deluxe edition CD was $19.97 (US) on Amazon.com. It is also available on vinyl, MP3 or streaming.
All in all, I found this album surprisingly good. I’m surprised most of these songs weren’t released previously. Gary’s playing is tasteful and rarely over the top. It is the songs that standout and Gary’s puts his mark on the covers and surprises you with his own compositions. If these were the best of the unreleased tracks, this is a fitting finale to an amazing career.
Read more about the career about Gary Moore here.