Well helloooooooo there my fellow Rolling Rock Prophets! It’s been a while since I wrote a little something on my own music blog! Life happens all the time, and I’m busy with a few writing projects of my own that’s keeping me busy. I may or may not be trying to write a book. Who knows? But don’t tell anyone. You’ll be the first to know if it’s any good!
So let’s get back into the groove with an extremely rare piece of wax I managed to get my hands on. It’s a collector’s item of note. Gary Moore’s 1993 Blues Alive released on the Virgin Records label. Yes, on vinyl. Back in the nineties? Apparently, many vinyl were pressed in those days. It’s news to me though. It was much, much rarer than now of course. Less people thought it was cool too. Blues Alive is a collection of live recordings taken from Gary Moore and the Midnight Blues Band’s 1992 tour (Europe, UK and USA) promoting his blues offerings Still got the Blues (1990) and After Hours (1992). The original 1993 pressing was a limited edition to begin with. Each vinyl was individually numbered. But what makes this one so rare? Well, the first batch of 10 000 vinyl were pressed incorrectly. To be more precise, the C side on Record 2 was double pressed. Yes that’s correct, the D side is totally missing in action. They also switched the A and B side on Record 1. Sounds like a bum deal, right? Well it is and it isn’t. Maybe in the days I had Obsessive Compulsive Vinyl Buying Disorder (OCVBD) it would have drove me nuts not be able to listen to the missing D side. I have vowed to look out for one that’s not a misprint though. So I’m not sure if I really managed to get my OCVBD under control? Hahaha! I’m not one to buy vinyl for “investment purposes” but the little mishap makes this little gem slightly more expensive than your average piece of wax. Go check out discogs for information on prices. Or go ask the two dealers responsible for the hole in my pocket. Simon Coetzee and Roger Jones. https://www.facebook.com/simon.coetzee.5?fref=ts and https://www.facebook.com/roger.jones.944023?fref=ts
The music of Gary Moore has been part of my music listening experience for decades. I was thirteen years old when I discovered Wild Frontier (1987). I became friends with Gary Moore even before Led Zeppelin became my religion. I was introduced to the rock side of his music and loved the heavy stuff back in the eighties. Ok, ok I still do! I played Run for Cover (1985) and After the War (1989) on tape until both snapped and I had to fix them with sticky tape. I remember the music video for the song Out in the Fields alongside his friend Phil Lynott vividly. Strange that the video wasn’t banned back then? Two Irish fellows, one black and one white, dressed in military uniforms singing side by side about war. Someone at the SABC was not doing his job properly. Gary Moore moved on to the blues in the early nineties with his immaculate albums Still got the Blues (1990) and After Hours (1992).
Gary Moore’s blues is the rough kind of blues. The kind you listen to when you need to take the edge off. Like the last big gulp of whiskey, when you just drank the whole bottle. Elaborate guitar riffs will kick your ass while you listen to his bluesy jams, complete with brass sections. What do you expect from an Irishmen, eh? His vocals was born and bred in rock arenas, but he could slow it down and feel the blues too. And man, he can still make you feel it. Just listen to Still got the Blues again. I was too much of a metal head to really get into the blues in the early nineties. I only started to appreciate his blues efforts somewhere in the mid to late-nineties. For the collector’s out there, it’s not easy getting his blues offerings on vinyl, not to mention cheap – but when you do, it’s like heaven on wax, through your speakers, into your the ears and slap bang into your heart! Rest in Peace Gary Moore!