ESSENTIAL MONTREUX is a special edition, five CD box-set, by Northern Irish, blues rock guitarist and singer, Gary Moore. The box-set features five out of the six performances Gary Moore made at the Montreux Jazz Festival. His live performances at Montreux that feature in this box-set are Live at Montreux 1990, 1995, 1997, 1999 and 2001.
All the Best album for sale by Gary Moore was released 20th April 2012 on the EMI Gold label. EU-only two CD collection from the legendary guitarist. 40 tracks including 'Out In The Fields', 'Still Got The Blues', 'Woke Up This Morning' and many others.
Several years after the original art rock supergroup Colosseum disbanded, drummer Jon Hiseman formed Colosseum II, a more jazz fusion-oriented outfit featuring guitarist Gary Moore (Thin Lizzy) and keyboardist Don Airey. Their eclectic debut, Strange New Flesh, shows some impressive chops from all involved, with an emphasis on Moore's soulful guitar leads. Vocalist Mike Starr, while not an immensely engaging singer, does a nice job keeping up with Hiseman and bass player Neil Murray. Highlights include the technically showy but blissfully irreverent ode to Pink Floyd, "Dark Side of the Moog," a nice version of Joni Mitchell's "Down to You," and the funky "Gemini and Leo."
Gary Moore remains one of my all-time favorite lead guitarists. When I first heard his work in the mid-1980s, his style was completely unlike all the other shredders that were dominating metal and hard rock at the time. With Moore it was never a matter of cramming in as many notes and flashy tricks into his solos. He injected them with simple Irish soul. Along with such expressiveness, though, was a commanding presence while he did so. He played with force and clarity, those full Les Paul notes resonating. Add the fact that he wrote and recorded so much great material over the years with Thin Lizzy, Skid Row, Colosseum II, and most significantly as a solo artist, first in rock and then the blues, and you’ve got a singer/songwriter/guitarist who truly deserves the “legend” tag.