Gary Moore-"Wild Frontier"-1987/"After The War"-1989

Many people site "Corridors Of Power" as Gary Moores` finest moment: I beg to differ. These 2 albums, the last Metal-oriented of his career [I guess] were much better as far as songwriting, stylistic variation, etc. The celtic-themed "Wid Frontier" is an 11 song tribute to Moores` friend, the late, great, Phillip Lynott, who died in `86. "Over The Hills And Far Away" [not the Zep tune] has an almost Big Country-feel to it, with it`s crunching guitars & lilting bagpipes [courtesy of fellow Irishmen The Chieftans] Other greats include the title cut, "Strangers In The Darkness",The AWESOME "Thunder Rising", and the heart-rending "Johnny Boy". "After The War" has a strong anti-war feel, as exemplified in the title track and "Running From The Storm"."Led Clones" features Ozzy on vocals, as he and Gary diss all the Zeppilin rip-offs that were infesting the scene at the time. [Remember Kingdom Klone, I mean, come? You do? Sorry to hear that....] There`s a moving tribute to Blues giant Roy Buchannan [who died in `88] as Moore covers Buchannan`s "The Messiah Will Come Again". But the BEST tune is the majestic "Blood And Emeralds", another ode to the fallen Lynott [check out Cozy Powells double kick drum antics at the fadeout and tell me this man wasn`t a Drum GOD!] And do I need to tell you that both these albums contain some of the GREATEST guitar playing in the Universe? Didn`t think so......


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