Back on the Streets (Gary Moore album)

Back on the Streets is an album by Northern Irish blues-rock guitarist Gary Moore, released in 1978.

Background

The album is Moore's first authentic solo record (1973's Grinding Stone album being credited to The Gary Moore Band). Thin Lizzy bassist/vocalist Phil Lynott and drummer Brian Downey appear on four songs, including "Don't Believe a Word" (which originally appeared on the 1976 Thin Lizzy album Johnny the Fox) and the UK top 10 single "Parisienne Walkways". On the album's sleeve, Moore is depicted leaving notorious prison Wormwood Scrubs in the Inner London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in a photograph by Chalkie Davies.

Release

The album was re-issued in 1989 by Grand Slam Records with a revised playing order and an additional track ("Spanish Guitar"). More bonus tracks were available for download and on the Universal Music Group Remastered CD edition of 2013. The tracks "Road of Pain" and "Track Ten" recorded in the same sessions, remain at the moment unreleased. Yet another release with title Back on the Streets, but no other apparent connection to the original album, is a 2003 compilation of Gary Moore's greatest hits.

Track listings

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Back on the Streets"Gary Moore, Donna Campbell4:19
2."Don't Believe a Word"Phil Lynott3:34
3."Fanatical Fascists"Lynott2:44
4."Flight of the Snow Moose" (instrumental)Moore, Campbell6:59
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
5."Hurricane" (instrumental)Moore, Campbell4:50
6."Song for Donna"Moore, Campbell5:22
7."What Would You Rather Bee or a Wasp" (instrumental)Moore, Campbell4:48
8."Parisienne Walkways"Lynott, Moore3:08
1989 Grand Slam Records CD reissue
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Back on the Streets" 4:18
2."Song for Donna" 5:22
3."What Would You Rather Bee or a Wasp" 4:48
4."Fanatical Fascists" 2:44
5."Spanish Guitar"Lynott, Moore3:48
6."Don't Believe a Word" 3:34
7."Flight of the Snow Moose" 6:59
8."Hurricane" 4:50
9."Parisienne Walkways" 3:08
Total length:39:31
2013 Universal Music Group Remastered CD edition bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
9."Track Nine"Moore5:05
10."Spanish Guitar" (vocals by Phil Lynott) 3:55
11."Spanish Guitar" (vocals by Gary Moore) 3:56
12."Spanish Guitar" (instrumental) 3:48
Total length:52:22

Personnel

Musicians
  • Gary Moore – guitars, lead vocals, bass on track 1, guitar synthesizer, mandolin and accordion on track 8, producer
  • Phil Lynott – bass on tracks 2, 3, 8-12, double bass on track 8, acoustic guitar on track 3, lead vocals on tracks 2, 8 and 10, backing vocals on tracks 1 and 3
  • Don Airey – keyboards, organ, piano on tracks 1, 4-7
  • John Mole – bass guitar on tracks 4-7
  • Brian Downey – drums, percussion on tracks 2, 3, 8-12
  • Simon Phillips – drums, percussion on tracks 1, 4-7
Production
  • Chris Tsangarides – producer, engineer
  • Andrew Warwick, Mark Freguard, Mike Dutton, Mike Hedges, Perry Morgan, Simon Wakefield – assistant engineers

Charts

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