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Mick Moody & Bernie MarsdenMick Moody & Bernie Marsden
Album: The Night The Guitars Came To Play
Label: Talking Elephant
Tracks: 11

Paired up with Talking Elephant's re-issue of the 'Real Faith' album is a live document recorded at the Wirral Guitar Festival in 1995. It features a handful of tracks from that 1994 release and throws in a couple of crowd pleasers from the Whitesnake days - even the casual rock fan will (should!) recognise 'Aint Gonna Cry No More' this time taken in an acoustic form, but may have to do a bit of work with the slightly lesser known 'Belgian Tom's Hat Trick' but what are albums and gigs like these for if you can't dig deeply into the archives for a rarity or two.

Blasting out of the blocks with ringing harmonics leading into what could easily be a car related TV show theme, it's a well structured and paced set. Introducing themselves with a choice selection of their own originals from the at the time new album, moving into some crowd pleasers and a bit of lengthy noodling before not so much a predictable, but universally recognised and welcomed close out. Almost as expected, any blues rock guitar album has to include a nod to some classic numbers, in this case Freddie King and Sonny Thompson's 'Tore Down' with the emphasis on a more acoustic offering and the set closes with a blast through the Fleetwood Mac/Peter Green standard 'Oh Well'. In between the pick is probably the extended ten minutes of 'Self Improvement Blues' with the duo sparking off one another. It makes up a nice set with the studio album - marketing wise, passing on the option to combine the two -but ultimately a reminder of what a wonderful duo Moody and Marsden made - one which easily ranks up with classic twin guitar duos in the rock world.

Mike Ainscoe