Blues For Jimi: Live In London
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This unique concert was recorded at the London Hippodrome on October 25th 2007. It formed a part of the launch for the Jimi Hendrix Live At Monterey program and featured Gary Moore and his band performing classic Hendrix tracks. At the end of the night Gary was joined by Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox of the Jimi Hendrix Experience for 3 tracks. Gary Moore was one of the finest British guitarists of all time and is one of the few players who could pay homage to Jimi Hendrix's groundbreaking and truly distinctive guitar style. This is a stunning tribute from one master guitarist to another. / Line-up:
Gary Moore (guitar, vocals); Dave Bronze (bass); Darrin Mooney (drums) with Billy Cox (bass on tracks 9-11) and Mitch Mitchell (drums on tracks 9-11)
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The selection of tunes is to be expected, but so tastefully done that the CD excels even though I've heard all of these songs so many times before. I was never much for Gary's vocals, and this does not change my opinion. However, his guitar work on these Hendrix tunes overcomes his voice. Simultaneously, Gary stays true to the original guitar work by Hendrix but adds his own flare with mastery. He stays surprisingly close to the Hendrix versions of these songs, but he takes his solos, intros and outros farther ... into Gary's strengths. His control of the feedback and effects is stunning. Sure it's 40 years after Hendrix did this same stuff, but it is a pleasure to hear it again in the hands of someone who obviously cares about the original artistry and wants to pay homage with his own talents. Highly recommended.
GM, guit, voc; Dave Bronze, b; Darrin Mooney, dr; guests Billy Cox, b, voc, and Mitch Mitchell, dr.
In 2007, ex-Thin Lizzie guitarist Moore held a concert at the London Hippodrome, playing songs from the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Moore had been fifteen when he heard the Experience perform live in Belfast in 1967 and he still remembered Hendrix's take on "Foxey Lady," which Moore included in his set here. Moore's drummer for the evening was Primal Scream alumnus Mooney; bassist Bronze had played for Clapton and Art of Noise. Later in the set, Hendrix alumni Cox and Mitchell came on stage to play "Red House," "Hey Joe" and "Stone Free." The set starts with a blistering rendition of "Purple Haze," followed by "Manic Depression" and Foxey Lady." It ends with "Hey Joe" and "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)." Every song on the album is from Hendrix's repertoire, with the possible exception of a short riff entitled "My Angel," which precedes Moore's playing of Hendrix's "Angel."
How good is it? D**ned good. Moore plays blistering guitar. While he follows Hendrix's lines for the most part, he isn't a slave to them and he's a bear of a guitarist. He's less good on the vocals but not bad, just not Jimi. It was a treat to hear Mitch Mitchell playing the Experience's old songs again. For all the debate as to who was the best rock drummer -Ginger Baker or whoever--I always felt it was Mitchell, in that short space of time when he played with Noel Redding and Hendrix in the first version of the Experience. I still remember sitting in the third or fourth row of the second balcony of Wolsey Hall at Yale in the summer of 1967, the amplified bass and guitar lines hitting me so loud that my chest bone throbbed. And down there on the stage, Mitchell flailed away, in a concentrated burst of energy that drove the music forward. That Mitchell, alas, was not there this night -he sounds a bit rusty, maybe slightly short of wind--playing with Moore, but it's still fun hearing him again.
A year later -2008-- Mitch Mitchell was dead. A few years more -in 2011-- and Moore was dead too. I'm glad this album is still around to commemorate that special evening when they got to play those familiar songs together.
Purple Haze 4:15 Gary Moore Guitar Vocals , Dave Bronze Bass , Darrin Mooney Drums - Manic Depression 3:48 - Foxey Lady 6:14 - The Wind Cries Mary 4:19 - I Don't Live Today 5:58 - My Angel 0:53 - Angel 5:16 - Fire 5:58 - Red House 11:30 with Billy Cox Bass & Mitch Mitchell Drums - Stone Free 5:45 with Billy Cox & Mitch Mitchell - Hey Joe 9:46 with Mitch Mitchell & Billy Cox - Voodoo Child ( Slight Return ) 10:11 with Dave Bronze Bass & Darrin Mooney Drums .
The sound tends to improve towards the end and found the Blu Ray version of this live concert better recorded maybe because of sound & visual still a Great live performance by Gary Moore & musicians and since is the same concert as the Blu Ray rate it a 5 .
He is jointed on two cuts by two members of the Jimi Hendrix Experience: Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox. The former nearly disappeared from rock after the death of Jimi, adding tragedy to tragedy. Mitch seems to tear up when he says he was "a lucky kid" to play with Jimi Hendrix. Cox is more jovial. Both play quite well.
For any Hendrix and/or Gary Moore fan, this is satisfying material. And we are blue that they are both gone from this scene.
who have helped to shape our modern day understanding of what the "classic rock" guitarists and artists were after. The feel of the concert is friendly and there are actually moments when, if you close your eyes, you can see Gary, Billy and Mitch smiling as they feel each other out on "Red House". Good listening here. Real good.