A strong blues influence was apparent in the late, great Gary Moore’s playing during his time with Thin Lizzy and throughout his successful solo career. However, up until his first all-blues solo release in 1990, Moore was predominantly considered a hard rock guitarist.
The album’s track listing consists of original numbers and covers of blues classics from Gary’s childhood. Moore’s self-penned title track is now considered a modern blues classic and features some of Gary’s most beautiful and emotive lead playing.
Featuring collaborations with Albert King on “Oh, Pretty Woman”, Albert Collins on Johnny “Guitar” Watson’s “Too Tired” and George Harrison on “That Kind Of Woman”, Moore’s guitar work is fiery, muscular and non-apologetic throughout.
Another star featured on the album is Gary’s famous ’59 Gibson Les Paul. Formerly owned by Peter Green and later bought by Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, it is now considered one of the world’s most famous guitars. Gary puts the ’59 through its paces, shamelessly cranking up the gain and flying his rock flag with pride.
Around the time of the record’s release, a number of blues purists criticised Gary for using too much overdrive or for playing too many notes. However, rock fans loved this record and it was largely responsible for turning a generation of 90s shredders on to the bluesier side of rock guitar playing.