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GARY MOORE Live At Monsters Of Rock
(Sanctuary Visual Entertainment SVE3049) (2003)
We Want Moore...and we get it...

Gary Moore

One of our great rock guitarists, Gary Moore, has been jobbing and sessioning since the seventies, first with Skid Row and then with Thin Lizzy and Colosseum. His solo career in the nineties saw him trawling a blues songbook, there was a brief experimentation with dance beats, then a return to power trio with the latest offering 'Scars'.

What all this reveals is a very versatile performer willing to take risks. This DVD performance from the Monsters of Rock bash this summer plays safe, though, by including a fair cross-section of Moore's styles over the years. It should have wide appeal and strike a heavy chord amongst his faithful following.

Highlights include a pretty ferocious version of Free's 'Wishing Well' and a slowed-up then normal speed reading of 'Don't Believe A Word' (with Moore effortlessly playing the twin lead part), whilst the recent material like 'Rectify' and 'Stand Up' sounds like Cream meets death metal. Moore is aided by Cass Lewis (Skunk Anansi) and Darrin Mooney (Primal Scream) who give this a funky metal sheen. The expected finale of 'Parisienne Walkways' is yet again entered for the "longest sustain known to man" competition. No contest, really. Bonus features include a soundcheck segment and an excellent pre-gig interview.

This is a well-staged and filmed set and there's some truly marvellous gurning. No doubt a lot of air guitar, too, will be played in unison with this DVD.



Review by David Randall

© 2003 All rights reserved.

***** 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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