Addicted To Vinyl Musical thoughts from the open road, with headphones on


Gary Moore

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It was sad to read of Gary Moore's unexpected passing this weekend. I've been getting into Gary's music in recent years via the extensive amount of material that has been issued by Eagle Rock, particularly this 5 CD collection that brings together Gary's various performances at Montreux through the years (there's also a nice DVD companion as well).

I had been working on a variety of projects on Saturday and my Itunes collection on shuffle had been providing the soundtrack in the background through the afternoon. As the evening grew late, the shuffle landed on "Stormy Monday," and it was one of those songs that comes up in the rotation and it makes you stop whatever you're doing and take notice.  As it happens, there's a great version of that one on Youtube featuring Albert King as special guest.  If you've never had the pleasure of experiencing Moore's playing, this is a good place to start.  Moore is on my list of guitar players like underrated players like Rory Gallagher that I wish I would have gotten a chance to see live. Thankfully, his live performances are well documented for all to enjoy and his music will certainly live on.


The King of the Blues and the Pied Piper of Prog-Rock

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Hey there music lovers, it’s time for some video to go with our audio.  Today, we’ll look at two recent DVD releases: B.B. King Live at Montreux 1993 and Jethro Tull: Living With The Past.

Smilin BB King

For those of you whose only reference to B.B. King is his appearance in the U2 film Rattle and Hum, it’s time for some education.  King is one of the finest American blues guitarists, living or dead, whose distinctive soloing and soulful vocals influenced such rock legends as Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck in addition to anyone who has ever played the blues.  His Grammy award-winning version of Rick Darnell and Roy Hawkins’ “The Thrill Is Gone” cemented his place as a star and a true crossover artist in the late sixties.

He reached out to rock audiences for the first of several times as the opening act for the Rolling Stones 1969 U.S. tour. His list of later collaborators is long and features Bobby “Blue” Bland, Albert King, Albert Collins, Robert Cray, Katie Webster, Gary Moore, Clapton and many others.