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REQUIRED LISTENING: a musician's personal notes about favorite artists.

Wild Frontier.
Gary Moore has always been one of my BIGGEST guitar influences -- ever since I first heard his version of the Yardbird's "Shapes of Things". Since that time I have followed his career backwards and frontwards. Whether Gary Moore is playing the blues, hard rock or ANYTHING in between, his heart shines through his playing. He's also a damn good singer and songwriter.

Wild Frontier comes out of a transition period for Moore, following the death of his friend and ex-bandmate, Phil Lynott (of Thin Lizzy). Echoes of Gary Moore's Irish heritage can be heard in "Over the Hills and Far Away", "Johnny Boy", and "Wild Frontier". The beauty of "Strangers in the Darkness" and the instrumental "The Loner" is striking.

There is a group of guitarists that I put above the rest because they have the ability to pull from the deepest depths of themselves and bring it back to you through their instrument. Gary Moore is certainly in this select group and Wild Frontier is one of his finest moments.

posted: June 2006.


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