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Gary Moore
"Blues For Greeny"

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Year of Release: 1995

track listing
  • If You Be My Baby
  • Long Grey Mare
  • Merry Go Round
  • I Loved Another Woman
  • Need Your Love So Bad
  • The Same Way
  • The Supernatural
  • Driftin'
  • Showbiz Blues
  • Love That Burns
  • Looking For Somebody

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    "Blues For Greeny"

    Who is P.A. Greenbaum? All the songs with the exception of one, were written/co-written by Greenbaum on Gary Moore's 1995 release, Blues For Greeny. It's the traditional Blues for Moore, that he is famous for on this album. His first album reviewed on the WSVNRadio site, Wild Frontier was more of a 1980s hard rock styled-album. Although Wild Frontier is an exceptional album, it's the Blues that makes Gary Moore shine.

    The album's opening track, "If You Be My Baby," catches your attention real fast, as it is truly a "hard driving rocking blues" style that Moore has recorded many songs before and after, that captures himself as a great blues artist, in his own style. "Long Grey Mare" is a song that easily fits Eric Clapton & Cream's style. (Moore teamed up with fellow Cream members Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce on the BBM album Around The Next Dream).

    If you like the slow blues, "Merry Go Round" is a great tune, as it reminds me of the slow blues of B.B. King. A good bouncy blues tune best describes "I Loved Another Woman." "Need Your Love So Bad" was penned by Little Willie John, and it's a great blues number for Moore, even better than the Allman Brothers' version from their album Enlightened Rogues.

    Hard driving blues has Moore in high gear on songs such as "The Same Way" and "Driftin'." The instrumental "The Supernatural" showcases Moore's great guitar playing, and speaking of Supernatural, it has a somewhat style to Carlos Santana's "Black Magic Woman." (Didn't Santana have an album entitled Supernatural recently?)

    "Showbiz Blues" has a more R&B Blues feel, as in the early years of the Rolling Stones. "Love That Burns" -- with a title like that, it has to be a slow, sad feeling blues style, and it is. "Looking For Somebody" has a more Rock feel, yet it fits this particular album.

    There isn't a Gary Moore album I've heard that is bad or less entertaining. He is a great blues artist, and phenomenal guitar player. His vocal style is also unique. For the Blues fan, Gary Moore's music should not be overlooked. He is one of those talented artists you want to hear more of. And just to think, he had been the guitarist for Thin Lizzy, so having that credit behind him is no doubt an exceptional way of looking forward in more of his music, past, present and future.

    Oh, and by the way... I looked up P.A. Greenbaum... It's an alias name from a gentlemen well known in blues music... Peter Green, an original founding member of Fleetwood Mac.

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