1952 - 2011
Hux Records will re-release Dr. Strangely Strange's second album "Heavy Petting" on
31st October 8th November 2011. The album was originally released in September 1970 with Roger Dean's cover artwork and one of the first recorded appearances of Gary Moore. Now digitally re-mastered from the original stereo production tapes, this great album has now been bolstered by the addition of seven live and studio bonus tracks. Record Collector magazine recently nominated this as one of the most collectable progressive rock albums of all time. This reissue is packaged in a full colour digipack with a 36 page booklet and includes exhaustive liner notes and lots of rare photographs and ephemera. The booklet also includes full lyrics and interviews with the band...
The UK based Back On Black record company mostly release metal albums, but recently they have started to re-discover some of the great rock bands too, and now you can find in their catalogue some blues artists as well. Rory Gallagher, ZZ Top, Rainbow, UFO, Saxon and the Michael Schenker Group records are available already or will be out in a month, and earlier this year the classic Thin Lizzy albums also have been re-released on beautiful black vinyls in gatefold covers. Of course the most important news for us that two of Gary's albums also will be out pretty soon...
EMI will release the classic Stockholm concert from 1987! At the moment the release is scheduled for 31st December 2011! Please note that this release has been postponed from an earlier planned date and hopefully it will be out at the end of this year. The double set will including a CD and a DVD, with the same 9 songs as it was released originally on VHS in 1987. The difference is that this time they've used the longer versions of the last two songs. "Rockin' Every Night" and "The Loner" were edited to shorter on the original release, but if the details are correct what we have got from EMI, it seems that now we can enjoy them in longer versions. DVD will be available separately as well. Watch this space for more info...
"2010 saw Gary Moore make a return to rock music after a long period of time exploring the blues. He was writing and working on a new rock album when all was brought to a halt by his untimely death on 6th February 2011. This concert from Montreux in July 2010 was his last performance to be filmed. The setlist draws heavily on his hugely successful rock albums of the eighties, stirs in a couple of his classic blues tracks with some memorable hit singles and includes three brand new songs that would have featured on the album left sadly uncompleted on his death. Gary Moore was one of the finest and most respected guitarists the British Isles have ever produced. This concert shows just what a talent we will miss."
The legendary "Black Rose" album will be out in a double deluxe edition on the 27th June 2011. This deluxe version of the album contains an expanded booklet by Paul Elliott and contains new interview with Scott Gorham and Brian Downey. The first disc contains the remastered version of this classic album from 1979, while you can find many rare and unrelased tracks on the bonus CD. Some of them are available on official release for the first time.
On 8th June 2011 a new double compilation will be released in Japan as a cooperation between Universal, EMI and Victor. The first disc of "Gary Moore Memorial Collection" (UICY-15066) will include songs from the period 1978-1990, mostly singles and Japanese favourites, but they also inserted the rare "Track Nine", which was released only a vinyl single B-side in 1978. The second disc is a nice collection of Gary's other projects and sessions from the '70s and '80s.
On the same day as the "Wild Frontier Tour" DVD, there will be another new CD+DVD release. Updated release dates: The special edition of "Ballads & Blues" is released on 29th of April in Germany, and it will be out on the 2nd of May everywhere else in Europe. The US release date is 10th of May. EMI decided to re-release Gary Moore's great collection of ballads in this double pack format. The video version of this nice compilation is never been released on DVD, so it's already a great thing, but the most interesting information related to it that they've added a 'promotion only' video to the DVD! In this 20 minutes long interview Gary is talking about the songs and also playing some short snippets from them. These are the tracklists of this forthcoming release:
"Gary Moore - Still Got The Blues" - A look back at the career of Belfast-born guitar icon Gary Moore. Features a previously unseen interview with Gary Moore from 2006 and contributions from Thin Lizzy's Scott Gorham and Brian Downey. The programme will go out on BBC Northern Ireland on Tuesday, March 29th at 10.35pm. It can be viewed across the UK via Sky Television and for seven days on BBC Iplayer.
April 18th, Dublin, Ireland - "The music world lost a true legend this year in Gary Moore, one of the finest musicians to ever pick up the Guitar. Over a powerful 40 plus year career Gary provided the world with a wealth of amazing material from early Skid Row to Thin Lizzy and a varied and eclectic solo career. He has amazed the masses with a rare combination of technical wizardry and feeling. Gary was also a great singer, with a wide range and a great sense of melody. Gary Moore was the total package. A master of music and a born entertainer, and will be sorely missed by all of us whose music has touched our lives and inspired us, so it is only fitting that we pay tribute.
"Surely not...This seems completely unreal. I'm shocked to hear tonight that Gary Moore has died. What a wonderful player he was. It does not seem possible this is in the past. Well, his recordings will testify forever. But ... live ... he was a demon. I know, because we toured with Thin Lizzy all around the States, many years ago. Gary was awesome every night ... and the nicest guy you could imagine.
I have many memories - of visiting him in the studio, meeting him backstage, being staggered by his virtuosity in his solo gigs. Well, lost for words. Bless ya Gary, wherever you're bound. To Rock Heaven, I hope. 58? You were just a boy. Unbelievable. This is too sad. RIP Gary Moore. Brian"
Update: Here is the first teaser of the forthcoming Gary Moore documentary, "White Knuckles and Blue Moods"
Although online CD stores are mentioned different release dates for this autumn/winter, Eagle Records confirmed that the next Gary Moore (blues) album "has now been put into 2011". We have not much further information about what we will hear on this record, although last year Gary had mentioned an acoustic blues album, what he would like to make as well, but it's more likely will be something closer in it's style to "Bad For You Baby" or "Close As You Get".
UPDATE: At the moment 5th September 2011 is the planned release date for this new blues record (EAGCD422). (source: www.imusic.dk)
As probably you've seen it already, gibson.com published their list of "Top 50 Guitar Solos of All Time". Surprisingly you can't see there Gary Moore's name.
Let's see which Gary Moore solos should be on that list. If you like the idea to collect the best ones, please send your Top10 (or as many what you would like to mention) to our e-mail address at email@example.com. We'll publish the result, our version of a "Top 50" in early November...and maybe will send it to gibson.com as well.
UPDATE: Thankyou for all your e-mails, lists!
As you can see on the right of the screen, we have a nice long list of our favourites, including live and studio versions as well. Of course there should be fifty more titles on it, but these are the songs that were mentioned the most times in your e-mails and 'top guitar solos' lists during these autumn weeks. Probably it would be totally different next spring...
Anyway, now we all can vote for our current favourite! I guess most of us will find one in this list!
This autumn Gary will return to Russia with his new band, but this time they will visit more cities than earlier in April. The tour will follow a similar route as the Trans-Siberian railway, which is the world's longest and the most famous train route that goes through Russia. It crosses the whole continent, starts in Moscow and ending in Vladivostok.