Gary Moore

What's it called?: 
Blues For Jimi
What does it sound like?: 
Gary Moore was a hell of a guitarist, of that there is no doubt. Subtlety was not his forte, however. He never used one note where 15 would do and his playing style always teetered on the eardrum-shredding edge of heavy metal bombast. All of which is testament to the music of Jimi Hendrix – 40 years on these songs can easily withstand a no holds barred assault and still come up sounding as timeless as ever. Recorded in 2007 with a hand-picked rhythm section (including, on some tracks, Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox) this is a note-perfect, if sometimes brutal, romp through Jimi’s best-known work. Moore is at his most enjoyable when he steps off the gas a little and pick of the bunch here is “The Wind Cries Mary”, “Angel” and an extended “Red House”, all of which contain a little light and shade. Otherwise the Marshalls are turned up to eleven all the way as he wrings every last nuance out of “Foxy Lady”. “Fire” and an astounding “Voodoo Child”. Guitar fans will lap this up.
What does it all *mean*?: 
Tribute projects like this are all very well, but they are best, um, experienced live in person. I wonder if "Blues For Jimi" would have been released had Gary still been alive? As so often these days, there's a stand-alone DVD available, too.
Goes well with …: 
With the success of Joe Bonamassa, 60s blues rock is very much back in vogue and this sits perfectly alongside anything else in the genre. Make no mistake though, these are proper songs and not just vehicles for Moore's guitar excursions.
Might suit people who like …: 
ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Bonamassa, Clapton at his heaviest and, er, Jimi Hendrix. Pity about the "will this do?" cover artwork, though.
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