In addition to more reissues from Thin Lizzy, Universal U.K. will reissue the first solo album by one of the band’s guitarists, Gary Moore.
Back on the Streets, released by MCA in 1978, was, on a technicality, Moore’s second solo effort, after 1973’s Grinding Stone, released by CBS and credited to The Gary Moore Band. Prior to that album, Moore at the age of 16, played guitar in the Irish psych-blues outfit Skid Row, led by a young Irishman named Phil Lynott. Though Lynott was dropped from the band within a year of forming in 1967, both men were quality collaborators, with Moore being recruited by Lynott to play on “Still in Love with You,” a favorite track on Thin Lizzy’s Nightlife album in 1974. (Moore was the band’s full-time guitarist for 1979, after the departure of Brian Robinson, and contributed heavily to the group’s acclaimed Black Rose: A Rock Legend. He would rejoin Thin Lizzy for their last celebratory gigs in 1983, as chronicled on the Life album, and played with the band in a one-off reunion at Self Aid in 1986. Bob Geldof sang in place of the recently-departed Lynott.)
Lynott’s presence is all over Moore’s Back on the Streets: he sings and plays bass on three of the album’s tracks: a cover of Thin Lizzy’s “Don’t Believe a Word” (recast as a slow-burning song, which Lynott later revealed was closer to the song’s originally intended arrangement), and “Fanatical Fascists” and the U.K. Top 10 single “Parisienne Walkways,” which he wrote and co-wrote with Moore, respectively. Lynott also contributed to a non-LP single, “Spanish Guitar”; in one of the more collectible accidents of Lynott’s career, a batch of the single was mispressed with Lynott on lead vocals instead of Moore.
This remastered and expanded edition features both versions of “Spanish Guitar” as bonus tracks, as well as the song’s instrumental version released as the B-side of the single and another non-LP B-side, “Track Nine.” It’s a fitting tribute to Moore, beloved by U.K. rock fans far beyond his sudden passing in 2011.
The expanded Back on the Streets is due next week in the U.K.; hit the jump for pre-order links and the full track list!
Back on the Streets: Expanded Edition (originally released as MCA Records MCF-2583, 1978 – reissued Universal (U.K.), 2013)
- Back on the Streets
- Don’t Believe a Word
- Fanatical Fascists
- Flight of the Snow Moose
- Song for Donna
- What Would You Rather Bee or a Wasp
- Parisienne Walkways
- Track Nine (single B-side – MCA Records 386, 1978)
- Spanish Guitar (Phil Lynott vocal) (single A-side – MCA Records 534 (alternate pressing), 1979)
- Spanish Guitar (single A-side – MCA Records 534, 1979)
- Spanish Guitar (Instrumental) (single B-side – MCA Records 534, 1979)