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Gary Moore - Close As You Get

2007-12-26 11:10
Opening gambit "If The Devil Made Whisky" is a 100% proof jukebox blues stomp with Moore’s bourbon soaked rasp lubricated by some lean ‘n mean electric and slide guitar soloing. Later a feverish revamp of Chuck Berry's rock ‘n roller "Thirty Days" and a blood thirsty take on Sonny Boy Williamson’s classic "Checkin’ Up On Baby" show that Gary can go 'virtuoso' when he wants to.

Not that he ever resorts to any over-the-top fret-board flamboyance. Reverb filtered original "Trouble At Home" and a vintage rhythm & blues reading of Jon Mayall's "Have You Heard" are both unpretentiously simple slow blues cruises. By the time Moore finger picks his way through a sparse rendition of Son House’s acoustic folk blues rumination "Sundown" you’ll know why less is often so much more when it comes to nailing the heart and soul of the blues.

- Miles Keylock

While he’s unlikely to appear on any Top 5 rock guitar guru lists, Close As You Get proves that Irish axe man Gary Moore’s decision to re-navigate his blues roots is paying off.

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