Gary Moore
How Blue Can You Get

Label: Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group
Three similar bands: Thin Lizzy/Albert King/Colosseum II

Rating: HHHHHHH (4/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
1. I'm Tore Down
2. Steppin' Out
3. In My Dreams
4. How Blue Can You Get
5. Looking At Your Picture
6. Love Can Make A Fool Of You
7. Done Somebody Wrong
8. Living With The Blues

Gary Moore - vocals & guitar

Grinding Stone (1973)
Back on the Streets (1978)
G-Force (1980)
Corridors of Power (1982)
Dirty Fingers (1983)
Victims of the Future (1983)
Run for Cover (1985)
Wild Frontier (1987)
After the War (1989)
Still Got the Blues (1990)
After Hours (1992)
BBM (1994)
Blues for Greeny (1995)
Dark Days in Paradise (1997)
A Different Beat (1999)
Back to the Blues (2001)
Scars (2002)
Power of the Blues (2004)
Old New Ballads Blues (2006)
Close as You Get (2007)
Bad for You Baby (2008)

Live From London (2020)

Pete Rees - bass (tracks: 1-4, 6-8)
Darrin Mooney - drums (tracks: 1, 3, 8)
Graham Walker - drums (tracks: 2, 4, 6, 7)
Vic Martin - keyboards (tracks: 1-4, 6-8)

Artwork by Roy Koch
Engineers: Andy May (track: 2), Chris Tsangarides (tracks: 1, 3, 4, 6-8), Graham Lilley (track: 2), Ian Taylor (track: 5)
Drum Loops, Drum Programming on track 5 by Roger King
Mixed By Chris Tsangarides (tracks: 3, 4, 7, 8), Gary Moore (tracks: 3, 4, 5, 7, 8), Ian Taylor (track: 5)
Mixed and Mastered by Richard Digby Jones
Photography by Jesse Wild

Released 2021-04-30
Reviewed 2021-07-15


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The question is how blue you can get, and if the answer is quite blue then it is a good likelihood that this album is for you. Mascot and their sub-label Provogue Records are releasing this collection of unreleased songs by Gary Moore, perhaps to honour his memory as a decade has now passed since he passed away. They have found for original songs and four covers, they didn’t give any info on the recording or people involved, and I only have one source for the people involved so there is a chance that it might be somewhat incorrect. However, it is the music that matters and not really who was involved in recording it, so what about How Blue Can You Get?

No surprise that it is blues or blues rock, anyone who know the music of Gary Moore will find this one very familiar. You clearly hear his signature sound and voice. In a way it can be considered to be a surprisingly coherent album considering that recording could have been collected from many different occasions. I do think, however that the tracks were recorded at only a few occasions, at least if the info I found about the people involved is correct. Still, it is not quite as well constructed as an album that was actually made by Gary would have been – don’t expect marvels, but I think Mascot has done a well-rounded album in Gary’s memory.

I find this one to be a good album, and a positive surprise. Though, I did expect something akin to when labels just try to capitalise on dead artist’s name with some crap they have dug up. These songs are fairly good, but you shouldn’t expect the album to beat the albums he made while he was still alive and kicking. After all there is usually a reason why artists don’t release some recordings or songs, and that is usually not because they save them for posthumous release – artists use the best songs for their albums, these were left over. So, no one should expect this one to beat any previous album, but it could still be something nice for the fans who long for something unheard by Gary Moore.

I can probably not get particularly blue, but it can still be worthwhile to check out this album as it has its moments. Quite an enjoyable little treasure that was dug up and unleashed, a nice addition to the Gary Moore collection. So, check it and enjoy it but don’t expect marvels, after all these songs were rejected by Gary at least once.