Back on the Streets (Gary Moore album)

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Back on the Streets
The Gary Moore Band Back On The Streets Album.jpg
Studio album by
Released30 September 1978
RecordedSpring 1978
StudioMorgan Studios, London
GenreHard rock, blues-rock, jazz fusion
LabelMCA (Europe and Japan)
Jet (US)
ProducerChris Tsangarides, Gary Moore
Gary Moore chronology
Grinding Stone
Back on the Streets
US LP cover
Gary Moore back on the streets US.jpg
Singles from Back on the Streets
  1. "Back on the Streets" / "Track Nine"
    Released: September 1978
  2. "Parisienne Walkways" / "Fanatical Fascists"
    Released: April 1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Record Collector2/5 stars[2]

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

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.[3] 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[edit]

Side one
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
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


  • 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
  • Chris Tsangarides – producer, engineer
  • Andrew Warwick, Mark Freguard, Mike Dutton, Mike Hedges, Perry Morgan, Simon Wakefield – assistant engineers



  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. Back on the Streets at AllMusic
  2. ^ Heatley, Michael (December 2013). "Gary Moore - Back on the Streets". Record Collector. No. 421. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  3. ^ Csillag, Zoltán (24 August 2013). "Back On The Streets expanded CD edition". Gary Moore Official Website. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Gary Moore Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  5. ^ "The Irish Cahrts: search for Gary Moore". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 9 June 2018.