You will watch this over and over, guaranteed.
By a customer
from Wirral, England
, 29 Jan 2005
Live At Montreux 1990, features Moore's performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival on July 7, 1990, during his tour for Still Got The Blues. During his metal days, Moore typically performed in the power-trio format, such as on his Monsters Of Rock DVD, but for this tour he was backed by the seven-member Midnight Blues Band, an exceptionally talented group of musicians featuring Don Airey on keyboards, Andy Pyle on bass, Graham Walker on drums, as well as a four-member horn section. This made for a huge sound, and the three dynamic audio mixes captured it all marvelously. I give the edge to the DTS surround mix since the rear surround speakers were used extensively, and each instrument could be heard with biting clarity. For those of you with only stereo setups, don't worry, the PCM stereo track was powerful, and really highlighted Moore's potent guitar tone. The video was nearly as impressive, and the camera work was superb. Lots of long, sweeping craned camera shots exposing the entire stage, as well as the perfect amount of close-ups of Moore's astonishing fretwork. For a 1990 recording, this DVD has some outstanding production quality.
Blues guitar legend, and one of Moore's idols, Albert Collins made a guest performance at this show, joining Moore on 'Too Tired', 'Cold Cold Feeling', 'Further On Up The Road', and the second encore 'The Blues Is Alright'. Their styles are very different, as Collins uses a cleaner tone, always capos the seventh fret, and picks with his fingers. Moore was definitely getting off jamming with one of his idols, and it was interesting to watch these two contrasting styles complement each other on these songs. The highlights of the 1990 performance were 'Texas Strut' and 'The Messiah Will Come Again'. On 'Texas Strut', Moore pays homage to some of Texas' legendary blues guitarists including Stevie Ray Vaughan and Billy Gibbons, as Airey follows his lead with some excellent Hammond organ playing. For the final encore of the night--he came out for three--Moore paid tribute to the late, great Roy Buchanan with a passionate and powerful version of his classic 'The Messiah Will Come Again'. Moore made his guitar cry, scream, and sing the blues, on the way to making this great song his own. That performance ranks up in the top ten live guitar performances I have ever seen. Watch it and tell me I'm wrong.
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