Gary Moore and Friends – One Night In Dublin: A Tribute to Phil Lynott

Like we mentioned in our review of their recently unearthed 1977 live album, Thin Lizzy were one of the most influential hard rock bands ever to grace a stage. With this sentiment in mind, former TH guitarist and blues rock great, Gary Moore got together with a cast of stellar musicians in Dublin, Ireland on one night in August of 2005 to pay tribute to the band’s iconic bassist/vocalist Phil Lynott who passed away in 1986. Joining Moore are guitarists Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson along with drummer Brian Downey who were all members of Thin Lizzy during the band’s run. Also featured is Jethro Tull’s Jonathan Noyce holding down the bass guitar.

Originally released in 2006, Gary Moore and Friends: One Night In Dublin (A Tribute To Phil Lynott) has just been reissued in Blu-Ray and the results are stunning. The picture quality is so sharp that every bead of sweat glistens from the screen while the punched-up audio pops from the speakers with clarity and power. The guitars sound particularly massive on “Jailbreak” with its revved-up riffing coming from Moore who handles the song along with Noyce and Downey in power trio mode. Thin Lizzy’s finest contribution will always be their masterful use of the twin-guitar melodies and they are in full bloom here. On “Emerald” Moore and Roberston bounce one stinging guitar lick after the other and at the same time weaving some of the most memorable melodies this side of classic Iron Maiden.

The night’s softer numbers aren’t to be missed with Night Life’s “Still In Love With You” finding the musicians injecting bluesy riffs into the 1974 ballad. 1976’s “Don’t Believe A Word” is dusted off and started off in the slower style that Moore used on one of his solo outings but about halfway through, the distortion kicks in and they launch off into the harder, original version that they recorded for the Johnny the Fox album. The thing that you take away the most after watching Gary Moore and Friends is how fantastic all of the players sound all of these years later. Sure, Thin Lizzy left behind some gorgeous material behind but it’s hard to imagine another crew of musicians doing it as much justice as these guys do.

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Rating: 8/10
Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment
Website: www.eaglerockent.com

By Carlos Ramirez

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