Gary Moore / Back On The Streets expanded CD reissue


Universal Music will reissue an expanded version of Gary Moore’s first solo album, Back On The Streets on 23 September 2013.

The album is remastered by Andy Pearce and features four B-sides / alternate versions as extra tracks. An updated booklet includes notes by Malcolm Dome, in addition to photos of memorabilia.

Back On The Streets was originally released in 1978 and is best known for the UK top 10 single Parisienne Walkways, which features Phil Lynott. The album also features a cover of Thin Lizzy’s Don’t Believe A Word.

Back On The Streets track listing

  • 1. Back On The Streets
  • 2. Don’t Believe A Word (with Phil Lynott vocal)
  • 3. Fanatical Fascists
  • 4. Flight Of The Snow Moose
  • 5. Hurricane
  • 6. Song For Donna
  • 7. What Would You Rather Bee Or A Wasp
  • 8. Parisienne Walkways (with Phil Lynott vocal)

Bonus Tracks

  •  9. Track Nine (taken from Back On The Streets’ 7″ Single) B-Side
  • 10. Spanish Guitar – Phil Lynott vocal 7″ Single
  • 11. Spanish Guitar – Gary Moore vocal 7″ Single
  • 12. Spanish Guitar – Instrumental 7″ Single B-Side

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Kanye Trump

His his first solo album? What about grinding stone (by the Gary Moore Band)?

stuart allen

Having just had this for xmas, I was disappointed to find that the 4 bonus tracks appear to be MP3 sourced!

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Sighhhhh…another missed opportunity. For starters, when this album was released in the U.S., in an effort to distance himself from Lizzy whom he had recently quit mid-tour and to establish himself away from Lynott, Moore re-recorded the vocals to “Don’t Believe a Word” and “Parisienne Walkways.” Just as “Spanish Guitar,” the non-LP follow-up to “Parisienne Walkways” had Lynott vocals and then also a re-recorded Moore version which are included here, both of those other tracks did as well and should have been included.

Beyond that, there are a number of other known outtakes which have floated around on bootlegs for over fifteen years. One, “Road of Pain,” is actually on YouTube and is a heavy blues-style number with a jaw-dropping end solo. Another instrumental is simply called “Track Ten.” At least the 45 b-side “Track Nine” makes its first-ever legit CD debut, but the omission of these other four tracks, either intentionally or due to ignorance of their existence, is unfortunate.

Leigh Burne

I heard somewhere those other tracks you mention, or some of them at least, were going to be included on this, but legal issues forced them to be dropped.


Great to see this much underated album get a remaster it deserves. It’s really hard to pick up an original CD realease of this. It’s great to see Universal take time to release these gems!


Nice! Hope there’ll be re-releases of the 80s albums as well. The 2002 remasters were horrible, and the music deserves to sound great.

Leigh Burne

Couldn’t agree more, I love Gary’s music but the CD releases sound pretty poor! Fingers crossed this is the start of a thorough remastering job on his whole catalogue.