Gary Moore

Gary Moore (April 4, 1952 — Feb. 6, 2011) was an Irish blues-rock/hard-rock/jazz-rock guitarist with a musical career that spanned more than 40 years. He first emerged as a member of the Limerick rock combo Granny’s Intention, which issued the album Honest Injun on Deram in 1969. This was followed by two albums with blues-rockers Skid Row circa 1970/71.

In 1973, Moore issued his first album, Grinding Stone, on CBS. That same year, he began his association with superstar rockers Thin Lizzy, playing on the band’s 1974 album Night Life and serving intermittently as their touring guitarist for the remainder of the decade. During 1976 and 1977, his lightning licks graced three albums by jazz-rock supergroup Colosseum II.

In 1978, Moore released his second solo album Back On the Streets, displaying the balance of frenzied rockers and blues-tinged ballads that he would become known for in the following decade. In 1980, he recorded one album with LA-situated hard-rockers G-Force. Starting with the 1982 release Corridors of Power, he became a full-time solo artist, ultimately achieving wider fame with 1985’s Run for Cover.


Early Life

He was born Robert William Gary Moore on April 4, 1952, in Belfast. At age 10, he received his first guitar from his father, a concert promoter at Queen’s Hall ballroom in Holywood. Despite being left-handed, Moore mastered the instrument with his right hand. Just shy of 13, he formed The Beat Boys, a local Beatles cover band. He passed through a sequence of rival Belfast beat groups (Platform Three, The Method) before leaving home and heading to Dublin in 1968.


Skid Row

Upon his arrival in Dublin, Moore joined local blues-rockers Skid Row. After firing original frontman Phil Lynott, the band released a self-titled album on CBS in 1970 that was promptly withdrawn, retooled, and re-released as Skid later that same year.

Concurrently, Moore played guitar on eight songs on Honest Injun, the singular album by fellow blues-rockers Granny’s Intentions, which also featured Skid Row drummer Noel Bridgeman. Also in 1970, Moore played on four songs on the album Heavy Petting, the sophomore effort by folksters Dr. Strangely Strange.

In 1971, Skid Row released 34 Hours, named after the length of the recording sessions. Later that year, the band recorded and shelved a third proper album just prior to Moore’s departure. He was later replaced by Eric Bell, the former guitarist of Thin Lizzy, which Lynott formed after his dismissal from Skid Row.


The Gary Moore Band

In 1973, Moore made an un-credited appearance on the track “Down On Me” from the album Wait Till They Change the Backdrop by singer/songwriter Jonathan Kelly. That same year, Moore teamed with bassist John Curtis, drummer Pearse Kelly, and keyboardist Vic Martin in the Gary Moore Band.


Grinding Stone

The Gary Moore Band released its singular album Grinding Stone on CBS. It features three songs per side, starting with the lengthy title-track (9:38). Side two is largely consumed by the 17-minute “Spirit.”

1. “Grinding Stone” (instrumental) (9:42)
2. “Time to Heal” (6:22)
3. “Sail Across the Mountain” (6:59)

4. “The Energy Dance” (instrumental) (2:29)
5. “Spirit” (17:16)
6. “Boogie My Way Back Home” (5:38)

Musical guests on Grinding Stone include keyboardist Jan Schelhaas (Camel, Caravan, National Head Band) and bassist Frank Boylan (Mellow Candle). The cover was designed by Michael Farrell, who also did artwork on albums by Jigsaw (Aurora Borealis), Argent (Nexus), Streetwalkers (Downtown Flyers), Nucleus (Snakehips Etcetera), Jethro Tull (Too Old to Rock N’ Roll: Too Young to Die), and the debut album by Bandit.


Back on the Streets

Gary Moore released his second album, Back on the Streets, in September 1978 on MCA.

1. “Back on the Streets” Gary Moore (4:19)
2. “Don’t Believe a Word” Phil Lynott (3:34)
3. “Fanatical Fascists” Lynott (2:44)
4. “Flight of the Snow Moose” (instrumental) Moore (6:59)

5. “Hurricane” (instrumental) Moore (4:50)
6. “Song for Donna” Moore (5:22)
7. “What Would You Rather Bee or a Wasp” (instrumental) Moore (4:48)
8. “Parisienne Walkways” Lynott, Moore (3:08)

Studio Morgan, London
Producer Chris Tsangarides, Gary Moore

Gary Moore – guitars, lead vocals, bass (1), guitar synthesizer, mandolin, accordion (8)
Phil Lynott – bass (2, 3, 8-12), double bass (8), acoustic guitar (3), lead vocals (2, 8, 10), backing vocals (1, 3)
Don Airey – keyboards, organ, piano (1, 4-7)
John Mole – bass guitar (4-7)
Brian Downey – drums, percussion (2, 3, 8-12)
Simon Phillips – drums, percussion (1, 4-7)


G-Force

On May 30, 1980, G-Force released their self-titled album on Jet Records.

1. “You” Gary Moore Willie Dee & Moore (4:11)
2. “White Knuckles / Rockin’ and Rollin'” Moore / Moore, Mark Nauseef Instrumental / Dee (5:10)
3. “She’s Got You” Moore, Nauseef Dee & Moore (4:53)
4. “I Look at You” Moore Dee (6:02)

5. “Because of Your Love” Tony Newton, Dee, Duane Hitchings Dee (4:00)
6. “You Kissed Me Sweetly” Moore, Newton, Dee Dee (4:16)
7. “Hot Gossip” Moore Moore (3:34)
8. “The Woman’s in Love” Moore Moore & Dee (3:53)
9. “Dancin'” Moore, Nauseef, Newton, Dee Dee (4:30)

Recorded December 1979 – January 1980
Studio Cherokee Studios, Hollywood and Record Plant, Los Angeles, California
Producer Gary Moore, Mark Nauseef, Willie Dee, Tony Newton

G–Force
Willie Dee – lead and backing vocals, bass, keyboards, Korg bass synthesizer, production
Gary Moore – guitars, lead and backing vocals, keyboards and string arrangements (on tracks 4 and 8), production
Tony Newton – bass, string arrangements (on track 6), production
Mark Nauseef – drums, percussion, percussion synthesizer, production

Additional personnel
Joachim Kuhn – additional keyboards
Tom Scott – saxophone (on track 8), string arrangements (on track 4 and 6)
Thee Ox – marimba

Technical personnel
Mack, Mark Sackett and Tom La Tondre – engineers
Dennis Mackay – remixing (on tracks 1-3, 5, 7 and 9)
Moshe Brakha – photography

“Hot Gossip”
Released: 23 May 1980
“You”
Released: August 1980[1]
“White Knuckles” / “Rockin’ and Rollin'”
Released: 28 November 1980


Dirty Fingers

Gary Moore recorded his third album, Dirty Fingers, in 1980 with producer Chris Tsangarides.

1. “Hiroshima” 4:30
2. “Dirty Fingers” (instrumental) 1:09
3. “Bad News” 5:06
4. “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus, Gloria Caldwell 3:37
5. “Run to Your Mama” 4:44

6. “Nuclear Attack” 5:11
7. “Kidnapped” 3:50
8. “Really Gonna Rock Tonight” 3:50
9. “Lonely Nights” 3:58
10. “Rest in Peace” 5:58

Recorded 1980

Gary Moore – guitar, co-lead vocals on track 10, backing vocals
Charlie Huhn – lead vocals
Jimmy Bain – bass
Don Airey – organ, keyboards
Tommy Aldridge – drums

Production
Chris Tsangarides – producer, engineer
Kerusher Joule – design
The Folkestone Finger – artwork
Inky – artwork

“Nuclear Attack”
Released: 1981 (UK)
“Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”
Released: 1984


Corridors of Power

Gary Moore released his fourth-recorded solo album, Corridors of Power, in October 1982 on Virgin (UK) and Mirage (US).

1. “Don’t Take Me for a Loser” (4:17)
2. “Always Gonna Love You” (3:56)
3. “Wishing Well” (Free cover) Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke, Tetsu Yamauchi, John “Rabbit” Bundrick, Paul Kossoff (4:06)
4. “Gonna Break My Heart Again” (3:19)
5. “Falling in Love with You” (4:52)

6. “End of the World” (6:53)
7. “Rockin’ Every Night” Moore, Ian Paice (2:48)
8. “Cold Hearted” (5:12)
9. “I Can’t Wait Until Tomorrow” (7:47)

Gary Moore – lead and rhythm guitars, lead and backing vocals, cover concept
Neil Murray – bass (all except track 5)
Tommy Eyre – keyboards (all except track 5)
Ian Paice – drums, percussion (all except track 6)

Additional personnel
John Sloman – backing vocals
Mo Foster – bass on track 5
Don Airey – keyboards on track 5
Jack Bruce – co-lead vocals on track 6
Bobby Chouinard – drums on track 6

Technical personnel
Jeff Glixman – production
Steve Prestage – engineering, mixing
Nigel Walker – engineering
Ian Cooper – mastering
Steve Barnett, Part Rock – management
Graphyk – artwork

“Always Gonna Love You”
Released: September 1982
“Falling in Love with You”
Released: February 1983


Victims of the Future

Gary Moore released his fifth solo album, Victims of the Future, in February 1984 on 10/Virgin.

1. “Victims of the Future” Moore, Neil Carter, Ian Paice, Neil Murray 6:11
2. “Teenage Idol” Moore 4:05
3. “Shapes of Things” (The Yardbirds cover) Paul Samwell-Smith, Keith Relf, Jim McCarty 4:10
4. “Empty Rooms” Moore, Neil Carter 6:31

5. “Murder in the Skies” Moore, Carter 5:15
6. “All I Want” Moore 4:07
7. “Hold On to Love” Moore 4:23
8. “Law of the Jungle” Moore 6:13

US “Devil in Her Heart” Moore 3:29

Recorded October–November 1983
Studio Townhouse, London

Jeff Glixman – producer, engineer
Steve Trevell – assistant engineer
Nigel Mills – basic tracks recording engineer
Dave Meegen – basic tracks recording assistant engineer
Ian Cooper – mastering
Martyn Atkins – artwork

Gary Moore – guitar, vocals
Neil Carter – keyboards, vocals
Neil Murray – bass guitar on tracks 1, 3, 7, 8
Mo Foster – bass guitar on tracks 4 and 6
Bob Daisley – bass guitar on tracks 2 and 5
Ian Paice – drums on tracks 1, 3, 4, 8
Bobby “Prime Time” Chouinard – drums on tracks 2, 5, 6, 7
Noddy Holder – additional backing vocals on “Shapes of Things”

“Hold On to Love”
Released: January 1984
“Shapes of Things”
Released: March 1984
“Empty Rooms”
Released: August 1984

Finnish Albums Chart 7
UK Albums Chart 12
Swedish Albums Chart 15 


Run for Cover

Gary Moore released his sixth solo studio album, Run for Cover, on September 2, 1985, on 10/Virgin.

1. “Run for Cover” Moore (4:13)
2. “Reach for the Sky” Glenn Hughes (4:46)
3. “Military Man” Phil Lynott, Laurence Archer, Mark Stanway Lynott (5:40)
4. “Empty Rooms” Moore, Neil Carter Moore (4:17)

5. “Out in the Fields” Lynott & Moore (4:17)
6. “Nothing to Lose” Hughes (4:41)
7. “Once in a Lifetime” Moore (4:18)
8. “All Messed Up” Moore, Carter Hughes (4:52)
9. “Listen to Your Heartbeat” Moore (4:31)

Studio Marcus Music,
Eel Pie Studios, Westside Studios, Sarm East Studios and Air Studios, London, UK

Gary Moore – guitar, lead vocals on tracks 1, 4, 6, 8 and 10, backing vocals, producer on tracks 3 and 11-13
Glenn Hughes – bass guitar on tracks 1, 2, 6, 7 and 9, lead vocals on tracks 2, 5, 7, 9
Phil Lynott – bass guitar on tracks 3, 5, 11-13, lead vocals on tracks 3 and 11, co-lead vocals on tracks 6 and 12, backing vocals on track 7
Andy Richards – keyboards on tracks 1-6, 8, 10
Neil Carter – keyboards on tracks 5, 7, 8, 10-13, backing vocals on tracks 1, 4, 7, 8, 10-13
Don Airey – keyboards on tracks 3 and 6
Bob Daisley – bass guitar on track 8
Gary Ferguson – drums on tracks 1, 8, 9
Charlie Morgan – drums and electronic drums on tracks 2, 3, 6
Paul Thompson – drums on tracks 5, 7, 11-13
James “Jimbo” Barton – sampled drums on track 4
Keith Murrell – backing vocals on track 7 (uncredited)

Andy Johns – producer on tracks 1, 2 and 9
Peter Collins – producer on tracks 4 and 6
Beau Hill – producer on tracks 5 and 7
Mike Stone – producer on tracks 8 and 10, mixing on tracks 1, 2, 7 and 9
Stephen BenBen – engineer on tracks 3, 5 and 7
James “Jimbo” Barton – engineer and mixing assistant on tracks 4 and 6
Stuart Breed – assistant engineer on tracks 1, 2, 7, 9 and 10
Mark Saunders – assistant engineer on tracks 8 and 10

“Out in the Fields”
Released: May 1985
Norwegian Singles Chart[17] 2
Swedish Singles Chart[18] 2
Irish Singles Chart[19] 3
UK Singles Chart[6] 5
German Singles Chart[20] 14

“Empty Rooms”
Released: July 1985
“Run for Cover”
Released: 1985
“Listen to Your Heartbeat”
Released: 1985

Swedish Albums Chart[9] 6
Norwegian Albums Chart[10] 7
Finnish Albums Chart[11] 10
UK Albums Chart[6] 12


Wild Frontier

Gary Moore released his seventh solo studio album, Wild Frontier, on March 2, 1987, on 10/Virgin.

1. “Over the Hills and Far Away” Gary Moore 5:20
2. “Wild Frontier” Moore 4:14
3. “Take a Little Time” Moore 4:05
4. “The Loner” (instrumental, originally recorded by Cozy Powell) Max Middleton, Moore 5:54

5. “Friday on My Mind” (The Easybeats cover) George Young, Harry Vanda 4:11
6. “Strangers in the Darkness” Moore, Neil Carter 4:38
7. “Thunder Rising” Moore, Carter 5:43
8. “Johnny Boy” Moore 3:15

9. “Over the Hills and Far Away” (12” version) Moore 7:26
10. “Wild Frontier” (12” version) Moore 6:38
11. “Crying in the Shadows” Moore 5:01

Gary Moore – lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars, lead and backing vocals, producer on tracks 5, 7, and 8
Neil Carter – keyboards, backing vocals
Bob Daisley – bass
Roland Kerridge – drum programming
Paddy Moloney – pipes on tracks 1, 7 and 8
Sean Keane & Martin Fay – fiddle on tracks 1 and 8

Peter Collins – producer on tracks 1, 2, 4, 9, 10 and 12
Pete Smith – producer on tracks 3 and 6
James “Jimbo” Barton – producer on tracks 5, 7, 8 and 13, engineer on tracks 1 and 2, mixing on tracks 3 and 6
Chris Porter – engineer on tracks 2 and 4
Mike Stone – producer on track 11
Nigel Walker – producer on track 14
James Barton – mixer on tracks 3 and 6
Bob Kraushaar – mixer on track 10

“Over the Hills and Far Away”
Released: December 1986
Irish Singles Chart[27] 6
UK Singles Chart[6] 20
1987 Finnish Singles Chart[18] 1
Norwegian Singles Chart[28] 1
Swedish Singles Chart[29] 7

“Wild Frontier”
Released: February 1987
Finnish Singles Chart[18] 4

“Friday on My Mind”
Released: April 1987
Finnish Singles Chart[18] 15
Irish Singles Chart[27] 18

“The Loner”
Released: August 1987
“Take a Little Time”
Released: November 1987

Finnish Albums Chart[18] 1
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[21] 1
Spanish Albums Chart[22] 2
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[23] 2
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[24] 7
UK Albums (OCC)[25] 8
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[19] 9
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[20] 11
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[17] 13
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[16] 16


After the War

Gary Moore released his eighth solo studio album, After the War, on January 25, 1989, on Virgin.

1. “After the War” 4:17
2. “Speak for Yourself” Moore, Neil Carter 3:42
3. “Livin’ on Dreams” 4:14
4. “Led Clones (feat. Ozzy Osbourne)” Moore, Carter 6:07

5. “Running from the Storm” 4:45
6. “This Thing Called Love” 3:32
7. “Ready for Love” 5:39
8. “Blood of Emeralds” Moore, Carter 8:19

1. “Dunluce (Part 1)” (instrumental) 1:17
6. “The Messiah Will Come Again” (instrumental) Roy Buchanan 7:29
11. “Dunluce (Part 2)” (instrumental) 3:50

Gary Moore – guitars, lead vocals
Neil Carter – keyboards, backing vocals
Bob Daisley – bass guitar
Cozy Powell – drums
Don Airey – keyboards on “The Messiah Will Come Again”, “Running from the Storm” and “This Thing Called Love”
Laurence Cottle – bass guitar on “The Messiah Will Come Again”
Steve Piggott – sequencer bass on “Ready for Love”
Charlie Morgan – drums on “After the War”
Simon Phillips – drums on “Speak for Yourself” and “Blood of Emeralds”
Brian Downey – drums on “Emerald”
Chris Thompson – backing vocals on “After the War”, “Led Clones” and “Ready for Love”; violin on “Led Clones”
Ozzy Osbourne – co-lead vocals on “Led Clones;” backing vocals on “Speak for Yourself”
Andrew Eldritch – backing vocals on “After the War”, “Speak for Yourself” and “Blood of Emeralds”
Sam Brown, Miriam Stockley – backing vocals on “Ready for Love”

Peter Collins – producer
Duane Baron – mixing
Ian Taylor – engineer, mixing
Steve Barnett, Stewart Young, Hard to Handle – management

“After the War”
Released: January 1989
Norwegian Singles Chart[20] 4
Finnish Singles Chart[11] 5
Swedish Singles Chart[21] 12
Irish Singles Chart[22] 14
Swiss Singles Top 100[23] 17

“Ready for Love”
Released: March 1989
“Led Clones”
Released: April 1989 (US)
“Livin’ on Dreams”
Released: October 1989

German Albums Chart[10] 2
Finnish Albums Chart[11] 3
Norwegian Albums Chart[12] 3
Swedish Albums Chart[13] 3
Swiss Albums Top 100[14] 3
New Zealand Albums Chart[15] 14
Japanese Albums Chart[16] 16
Dutch MegaCharts[17] 17


Still Got the Blues

Gary Moore released his ninth solo studio album, Still Got the Blues, in March 1990 on Virgin.


Solo discography:

  • Grinding Stone (1973)
  • Back on the Streets (1978)
  • G-Force (1980)
  • Dirty Fingers (1981)
  • Corridors of Power (1982)
  • Victims of the Future (1983)
  • Run for Cover (1985)
  • Wild Frontier (1987)
  • After the War (1989)
  • Still Got the Blues (1990)
  • After Hours (1992)
  • Blues for Greeny (1995)
  • Dark Days in Paradise (1997)
  • A Different Beat (1999)
  • Back to the Blues (2001)
  • Scars (2002)
  • Power of the Blues (2004)
  • Old New Ballads Blues (2006)
  • Close as You Get (2007)
  • Bad for You Baby (2008)

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