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Classic Album Selection - A new box set

Click here for larger imageAnother new Gary Moore box set is on way, but this time the record company won't mixing his rock and blues albums, like they did with the one released last year (5 Album Set), when they've put together Run For Cover and After The War from the rock years, with the three blues classics, Still Got The Blues, After Hours and the great Blues For Greeny. On 25th of November Universal will release this low-budget box set, including all the five classic Gary Moore hard rock albums from the '80s, in the same expanded versions as they have been re-released them 10 years ago.

A not too 'special edition' 3DVD set

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A new 3DVD set will be released in October by Eagle Vision, including three of the previously released concert films. Gary's first and last (1990/2010) Montreux Jazz Festival concerts, filmed 20 years apart, have been completed here with the great Blues For Jimi film, what was recorded in 2007. Although none of the DVDs will including new bonus features, this forthcoming release still can be a nice addition to your music collection - especially if you are just about getting to know Gary Moore's music, and now you would like to discovering some of his live performances. Live At Montreux 1990 is just the perfect start for that. After changing his musical direction to play the blues, he got the chance immediately to play at this very important festival. The rest is history now. Songs like "The Stumble", "Still Got The Blues" and "The Messiah Will Come Again" are proved that it was the right decision. At the end of the day he played six times on the legendary stage of Montreux, last time during the summer of 2010, when he returned with his rock classics and three new songs. As the original extra featues, you can also watch 7 songs from the 1997 concert, when he was on tour with the "Dark Days In Paradise" songs, mixed with his biggest blues and rock hits. Although this low-priced 3DVD set is not made for the fans, but definitely will make some new ones, and help to spread the word about Gary Moore's legacy and unforgettable talent.

Back On The Streets expanded CD edition

Click here for larger imageA new expanded CD version of Back On The Streets will be released by Universal Music on 23rd of September. Although we have been expected something like that the double Thin Lizzy deluxe editions, with rare versions and unreleased tracks, we still can be happy with this remastered version, because it wasn't re-released in Europe/USA since the late '80s/early '90s. It was available from time to time only on the Japanese market on a much higher price than this forthcoming edition. This album was originally released in December 1978, and this time it is supplemented with the B-side of the single "Back On The Streets", a song called "Track Nine", and three versions of "Spanish Guitar". Of course there were other tracks as well, what we've hoped for that we will be able to hear in a proper remastered version, like the alternate US versions of "Don't Believe A Word" and "Parisienne Walkways", or the unreleased songs like "Road Of Pain" and "Track Ten". Not to mention the original versions of the jazzy songs and "Parisienne Walkways" recorded in the first round, during the spring of 1978. Maybe next time...

Grinding Stone reissue on vinyl

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Music On Vinyl confirmed to us that they will re-release "Grinding Stone", the first Gary Moore solo album on 3rd June 2013. Although there was a couple of CD reissues during the last few years - one of them as a nice digipak edition with rare photos -, the last vinyl version has been released in 1990. So, just in time, 40 years after it's original CBS release, the fans and collectors surely will be happy with this fresh copy, produced on quality 180 gram vinyl, just like the "Bad For You Baby" album, what the Dutch record company released in 2009.  

Gibson Gary Moore Les Paul Standard

Click here for larger imageNow Gibson USA honors this certified guitar legend with the Gary Moore Les Paul Standard, a first-class Les Paul decked out to this demanding artist’s preferred specifications. Many details are reminiscent of the famed "Peter Green Les Paul", formerly played by Gary Moore and now owned by collector Melvyn Franks. From its highly flamed maple top with Lemonburst finish, to its traditional Les Paul Model headstock with signature truss-rod cover, to its mismatched amber and gold top-hat knobs, the Gary Moore Les Paul Standard offers uncompromising looks. Plug in and fire up its BurstBucker Pro humbucking pickups via Orange Drop tone caps, all anchored with a quality TonePros™ hardware, and it rips it up with a tone fit to carry the name, Gary Moore.

Gary Moore opened that door for me - Henrik Freischlader interview

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Henrik is a self-taught musician, a multi-instrumentalist, and a composer. He loves the Blues. Motivated by Gary Moore, he made the guitar his main instrument... - as you can read on his website. Of course he is much more than that. A very talented and open-minded musician, who started his career by playing the blues, adding other influences from jazz, funk and soul, and now he is on his way to a rockier direction - as you can already hear it on the most recent Henrik Freischlader Band album, "House In The Woods". The band has been touring with new songs since last autumn and has already played more than 50 concerts in a tight schedule, so we took the opportunity to ask Henrik some questions, during a short break before the second leg of the tour, with another 20 gigs in the UK and continental Europe. Did I forget to mention that he is a great guy with lots of love and humour, and also a member of our fan community from the early days? LOTS of reasons why you should really check out his music.

Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Reissue with Gary's playing

Click here for larger imageAnother Gary Moore guest appearance is released on CD during the first week of December. "Warriors Of The Wasteland" was planned to release in a new version in December 1986, so Trevor Horn, the producer of Frankie Goes To Hollywood asked Gary Moore to play some guitar for this new "Attack Mix". Gary did the recording in an hour, and as he mentioned in an interview later, the next day he heard it on the radio. Originially it was produced only as a test pressing 12" single, and was available on rare bootleg releases for years. In 2001 it was finally released on an official compilation in Germany, under the title "Twelve Inches". This time it is available in two formats, in Europe on one disc, while in Japan as a double version with different artwork...

Keith Emerson's "The Christmas Album"

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One of Gary's almost unknown guest appearances will be released again on CD after long years. It was originally recorded in 1982, but at the end of the day the album was released only in 1988, under the title "The Christmas Album". Although none of the LP or CD versions mentions Gary's name as a guest musician, Keith confirmed that he needed a guitarist and a drummer in a song, so he has asked Gary and his drummer at the time, Ian Paice. I wouldn't say that it is a must (unless if you are a collector of Gary Moore releases), but of course it can be a nice and interesting addition to your music collection, especially now in the Christmas season. The title of the album tells you everything about it really. Such a shame that as a composer, Keith only needed from Gary what we can hear on it. Keith has asked him, and he's helped. After you bought it and enjoyed the music, than placed the CD on the shelf, check out Don Airey's K2...

Blues For Jimi on double vinyl

I've just received this great additional information related to the "Blues For Jimi" releases, that this great live material from 2007 will be released on double vinyl as well on the 24th of September. Catalogue number is EAGLP493. Looking forward to hear and see all formats!

Blues For Jimi - Preview

Thanks to the Japanese Ward Records, now we can see a short preview of the forthcoming "Blues For Jimi" DVD & Blu-ray.

Blues For Jimi on CD, DVD and Blu-ray

Click here for larger imageThis long-awaited concert recording will be released on 24th September in the UK & Europe by Eagle Records/Eagle Vision.
The Japanese versions will be out a couple days earlier on the 19th. Just like the last time with "Live At Montreux 2010" in Japan there will be more versions, limited edition CD+DVD and CD+BLU-RAY sets, too, but it seems the normal CD version will be released only in Europe, and maybe later in the USA. The program is 74 minutes long, and at the moment we don't have information about any extra material. On the left you can see the artwork of the European version Blu-ray Disc. Click on it for the larger image.

Blues For Jimi - CD, DVD, Blu-ray in September!

Click here for larger image!I've received great news from the local distributor of Eagle Records and Eagle Vision products. Now it is confirmed that the long-awaited Jimi Hendrix tribute gig will be released on CD, DVD and Blu-Ray in September (more details soon!). It was recorded at Hippodrome in London on 25th October 2007. Gary Moore, Darrin Mooney and Dave Bronze have played a great set of Jimi Hendirx classics, and in the finale Billy Cox and Mitch Mitchell also joined Gary to play three of the biggest Jimi Hendrix songs. No need to mention how serious was Gary about this event. He was in fire and played the Hendrix tunes as only a few guitarists able to do. But we all know that Gary was able to play easily any of his heroes' style, doesn't matter it is Peter Green, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton or Jimi Hendrix. What a great concert it was. This material is really something that worth waiting for some more months. They have played the following set of songs...

"Live At Montreux 2010" DVD nominated for Blues Music Award!

The Blues Foundation, based in Memphis, USA, has announced the nominees for the organization's 33rd annual Blues Music Awards, which takes place on Thursday, May 10th 2012 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis.
In the "DVD Of The Year" category, the "Live At Montreux 2010" set is pitched against a number of other, top notch titles. Read the full nominee list here.
This follows on from Gary's 2009 nomination for Best Rock Blues Album of the Year, for the 2008 CD "Bad For You Baby".


DVD Of The Year nominees:
Ana Popovic - An Evening At Trasimeno Lake (ArtisteXclusive)
Gary Moore - Live At Montreux 2010 (Eagle Rock/Eagle Vision)
Ruthie Foster - Live At Antone's (Blue Corn)
Trampled Under Foot - The Emporium To The Orpheum (Redwood)
Various Artists - All Jams On Deck (Mug-Shot Productions)
Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton - Play The Blues (Rhino)

source: www.gary-moore.com


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Dear Friends,

I wish you all a Merry Christmas, peaceful days with your loved ones! Thankyou for the friendship! Let's keep in touch in the new year! Thankyou for visiting our website!

...and remember to the man, who gave us so many "Christmas presents" on every day of the year, each days of our lives when his timeless songs and inimitable guitar playing filling up our heart with emotions, and brings back all the memories.

With love,

Gary Moore Memorial Tree

On 26th October we have planted a little tree in the centre of Budapest.

After that shocking Sunday in February, weeks and months passed so quickly, that I've found myself under blossoming cherry trees in the blink of an eye. Just like in the last couple of years - related to my work -, we have spent some nice days together with our friends and teahouse guests in a little botanical park in the heart of Budapest. We are usually celebrating Hanami in that park, making teas, and enjoying the spring and the beautiful flowers of these Sakura trees.
This spring wasn't the same. As these Hanami days usually are in the first weeks of April, just around Gary's birthday, I wasn't able to get out of my mind the feel that we have to plant a tree like this, dedicated to the memory of Gary Moore. As these trees are so beautiful, they are also sad in the same time. Our Japanese friends knows it better, but these short-lived flowers are also known as the synonyme of the beautiful but short life, what we have to enjoy and appreciate...

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