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GARY MOORE The Platinum Collection EMI (2006)

As part of their ongoing series of Platinum Collection compilations, we really do get one here worthy of the name.

With Sanctuary rehashing their Moore material ad infinitum, this is truly a giant among Mooreís oft overlooked Virgin era, especially the rock material.

Infact Mooreís rock era on Virgin contained some of the best of his material, and some of the best hard rock of the 80s, no question. It is sad that Gary overlooks it himself.

Anyway, this 3 disc set covers the rock, the blues, and Gary Moore live; you canít go wrong there!

Disc 1 kicks off with Parisienne Walkways, then takes is through Out In The Fields, Over The Hills And Far Away and After The War with lots of hits and classics along the way. The tracks from Corridors Of Power (an album you must own, really) in Wishing Well and Donít Take Me For A Loser are Moore at his best, as a rock guitarist, arranger, songwriter and singer. Itís all there.

Disc 2 is the Blues, with Still Got The Blues, Oh Pretty Woman and Since I Met You Baby et al (the last two featuring Albert King and BB King respectively). One major gripe, in fact itís the sole reason for points off, is the lack of Walking By Myself.

Disc 3 is Moore live. We all know what a powerful live act here, and tracks from We Want Moore and Blues Alive show that. Rock and blues in the live arena Ė Iíve seen Moore live in both eras and can testify first hand how good he really is.

Even if you own the separate Moore albums, this is still a more than worthwhile set and essential listen.

****½

Review by Joe Geesin

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly


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