Gary Moore Gets The Blues

Blues-rock guitar prodigy Gary Moore had three UK top ten albums in the course of his illiustrious, if all-too-short career. If you had to lay money that ‘Still Got The Blues’ was one of them, you’d probably have little hesitation. Surprisingly, it wasn’t, but nevertheless, when it was released 25 years ago exactly, it brought the Irish virtuoso to a new audience.

‘Still Got The Blues’ was easily the bestselling album of Moore’s career to that point, and became his one gold-certified album in America. It featured George Harrison among its contributors, as well as two of Moore’s American blues guitar heroes, Albert King and Albert Collins.

expProduced by Moore himself with Ian Taylor, the Virgin album marked the first time that Moore, already a veteran of more than 20 years in the business, had eschewed his hard rock sound for something more melodic and overtly bluesy. His audience went with him, opening a new era of success for him throughout the 1990s.

The record was a combination of new songs by Moore, such as the title track, ‘Moving On’ and ‘King Of The Blues’; remakes from the songbooks of players he admired, such as the Otis Rush song ‘All Your Love’ and Jimmy Rogers’ ‘Walking By Myself’; and a new song contributed by Harrison, ‘That Kind Of Woman,’ on which George also sang and played guitar. A version of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Stop Messin’ Around’ served as a preview of the ‘Blues For Greeny’ tribute album to Peter Green that Moore released in 1995.

‘Still Got The Blues’ peaked at No. 13 in the UK, but remained a steady seller, and was certified platinum in September 1994, four and a half years after release. It also went platinum in Australia, Germany and other countries, and eventually climbed to worldwide sales of some three million.

"I wasn't trying to emulate…that slickly produced, clean American guitar sound,” Moore told Q magazine about the album in 1992. “I wanted something more rough and ready, and I think I succeeded. It was just like starting over, the best thing I could have done."

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