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Gary Moore: Blues For Jimi

Last Updated 10/31/2012 1:54:30 PM

By: Jonathan Tuttle

Gary Moore

Blues For Jimi

(Eagle Rock)

Seemingly since the day he died in 1970, people have been throwing around cover versions and tributes to the one and only Jimi Hendrix.

Recorded live at the London Hippodrome on October 25th 2007, blue/rock guitar legend Gary Moore throws his hat into the Hendrix tribute ring with Blues for Jimi.

The now deceased Moore, known for his guitar prowess in Thin Lizzy, G Force, Greedy Bastards, and his solo work comes out guitar a blazing as he opens the show with the perennial Hendrix classic “Purple Haze” and screams into powerful versions of  “Manic Depression.” “Foxey Lady” follows before turning things down to banter with the crowd.
By shows end, the distinctive guitarist was joined by Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox of the Jimi Hendrix Experience for three tracks – the extended blues jam on “Red House,” the driving “Stone Free” and another lengthy jam on “Hey Joe.” The show closes with a wailing version of the Hendrix classic “Voodoo Child (Slight Return).”

There is no doubt that Gary Moore is one of the best guitarists of all time. He clearly has the chops to do Hendrix’ style justice and he does it well here. The lone downfall is he never explores outside of the box with his song selections. I would have liked to heard him conquer more of the lesser known Hendrix songs because these songs have been covered a thousand times over.

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