Gary Moore: Blues for Jimi
Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment
Released: September 25, 2012
Reviewed: September 30, 2012
If you’re into great rock guitar work then it’s highly likely that you’re also into the work of Jimi Hendrix and Gary Moore. I know they’ve both been a part of my regular listening for many years now. Imagine my very pleasant surprise when I received a review copies of Gary Moore Blues for Jimi concert CD and DVD just released by Eagle Rock Entertainment.
This release captures a unique concert featuring Moore playing Jimi Hendrix tracks, including such classics as Purple Haze, Foxy Lady, The Wind Cries Mary, Hey Joe, Voodoo Child (Slight Return) and many more. Filmed at the London Hippodrome on October 25, 2007, it was part of the launch for the Jimi Hendrix Live At Monterey program.
At the end of the night, Gary was joined by Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox of the Jimi Hendrix Experience for three tracks. The full line-up for this show was Gary Moore (guitar, vocals); Dave Bronze (bass); Darrin Mooney (drums) with Billy Cox (bass on Red House, Stone Free, and Hey Joe, as well as vocals on House and Stone) and Mitch Mitchell on drums on the same tunes.
Both Gary Moore and Mitch Mitchell have passed away since this concert took place, which makes the recording of this incredible night so special. Gary Moore was one of the finest British guitarists of all time and is one of the few players who could pay homage to Jimi Hendrix’s groundbreaking and truly distinctive guitar style. This is a stunning tribute from one master guitarist to another.
While one can never choose a favorite Hendrix tune, Boomerocity would like to highlight three randomly chosen performances from this CD/DVD concert.
First, is Moore’s faithful treatment of The Wind Cries Mary. Played and sung as only Moore could, this has got to be on a very short list of covers of the tune that Hendrix would have no doubt approved of.
Angel is another beautifully executed cover –especially the incredible solo lead-in to the song.
The third randomly chosen favorite is Red House with Moore’s signature blues licks and smokin’ white hot solo in the middle is worth the money of the CD and DVD to listen to repeatedly. Billy Cox’s bass and vocals added a different vibe and flavor as compared to Hendrix’s version but it stands incredibly well on its own.
Gary Moore: Blues For Jimi is more than well worth the price of both the CD and DVD to have in your listening and viewing library. You’ll listen to both countless times during your remaining days. I guarantee it.
1) Purple Haze
2) Manic Depression
3) Foxy Lady
4) The Wind Cries Mary
5) I Don’t Live Today
6) My Angel
9) Red House
10) Stone Free
11) Hey Joe
12) Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Written by Randy Patterson