Gary Moore Albums Ranked

Robert William Gary Moore (4 April 1952 – 6 February 2011) was a Northern Irish musician and singer-songwriter. Over the course of his career, Moore played in various groups and performed many different styles of music, including blues, hard rock, heavy metal, and jazz fusion. Influenced by Peter Green and Eric Clapton, Moore was often described as a virtuoso and was himself a major influence on many other guitarists. He was voted one of the greatest guitarists of all time on respective lists by Total Guitar and Louder. Irish singer-songwriter Bob Geldof said that “without question, [Moore] was one of the great Irish bluesmen.” For most of his career, Moore was also heavily associated with Peter Green’s famed 1959 Gibson Les Paul guitar. Moore was later honored by Gibson and Fender with several signature model guitars of his own. Here are all of Gary Moore’s albums ranked.

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10. Back On The Streets (1978)

“Fantastic album from legendary string-meister Moore. I’d say this is his best solo album by far (only ‘Corridors Of Power’ comes close) and that he was in his absolute prime on this recording. The playing on it is simply fabulous – tasteful, melodic, fast and fiery – a wonderful combination of technique and feel (his singing ain’t bad either!)”

9. After Hours (1992)

“It was Gary’s second blues album making his fans understand that the brilliant hard rock six-string sorcerer was into slightly different musical genre. Not too many guitarists and singers could have done this, but Gary did. The album helped him to solidify his status on stage and hit lists at the same time, which was or still is another extraordinary achievement.”

8. Corridors Of Power (1982)

“This album begins with the scorcher “Don’t Take Me For A Loser”, (a tune i fell for right off the bat), the melodic power ballad “Always Gonna You”, the Free classic “Wishing Well”, Gary let’s it loose on this one. His ballad “Falling In Love With You”, the guitar shredding of “End Of The World”, with ex-Cream bassist, vocalist Jack Bruce, (should be on everyone’s top hard rock tunes of all-time lists!), SMOKIN’ stuff. The slashing “Rockin’ Every Night”, just good old style hard pounding rock. The hard blues sound of “Cold Hearted”, and the slow burning blues-rocker “I Can’t Wait Until Tomorrow”, with great organ work by Eyre and smoldering guitar by Gary.”

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7. Out In The Fields – The Very Best Of Gary Moore (1998)

“`Out in the Fields’ is an excellent best of of Gary Moore and serves as a decent introduction to his music for those new to his work as well. This has a great blend of the rock and blues that he is known for and awesome rock tracks like `Military Man’ sit happily alongside blues classics like `Parisienne Walkways’. Moore’s guitar style always manages to raise goose bumps for me and this album is no exception, he plays with a gritty, heartfelt roar at times and then with the deftest, nuanced lightest touch at others. He really is an overlooked master of his instrument.”

6. Blues For Greeny (1995)

“This is probably one of the finest albums ever recorded, let alone best guitar/blues/rock/whatever. At the very least, this inspiring and affectionate tribute, along with Moore’s live appearances, helped returned Green to a new generation of guitar players, and a welcome antidote to the ubiquitous shred of the time (nothing wrong with shred, mind, proud owner of a scalloped neck myself).”

5. After The War (1989)

“This material is a direct representation of that same characteristic.I love his Irish laments and sentiments. He also is so playful with his picking on Zeppelin emulators on the track Led Clones. A little fusion here a little blues there with all the adept talent, skill, and technique that forged his music on the anvil of genius. When someone condemns Gary for having produced hard rock in the eighties I simply say to myself-Yeah, I can tell your not a musician ! He played everything he was capable of performing.”

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4. Victims Of The Future (1983)

“Victims of the future” is a genuine heavy metal album, in the sense that it is provocative, challenging, and intense while daring to address sensitive issues. By 1984 it should have become clear to fans that Gary Moore was an artist committed in pushing the creative barriers (if there were any such) of his music delivering landmark after landmark.”

3. Run For Cover (1985)

“Glenn Hughes plays bass and sings on “Reach for the sky”, “Out of my system”, “All messed up” and “nothing to loose” being the more uplifting, glamorous and popular side of the album. Phil Lynott, on the other hand, performs lead vocals and bass on “Military man”, a song he had intentionally written for his own project as well as sharing a vocal duet with Gary on “Out in the fields” which turned out to be Moore’s biggest European hit single to that point. Both songs represent the album’s more aggressive side with strong ties to the previous album “Victims of the future”. Moore, for his part sings lead on “Listen to your heart beat” and “Empty Rooms” the album’s ballads with the latter standing as the record’s second hit single. As before Gary’s guitar work is extraordinary delivering the appropriate tone (melody-wise) for each and every tune on “Run for cover”.

2. Wild Frontier (1987)

“One has to agree that “Wild Frontiers” is another slice of hard rock brilliance, outcome of the enviable musical talent of Moore. “Thunder rising” is one of the most devastating hard rockers ever, the mega-emotional “The loner”, the impossibly epic “Over the hills and far away”, the AOR-ish “Strangers in the darkness”; and of course “Wild Frontier” which carries-dare I say- the greatest melodic guitar line ever. From there onwards you get the heartbreaker “Take a little time”, and equally enjoyable “Friday on my mind”. You simply can not beat the choruses, the guitars, the harmonies and the lyricism on this album!”

1. Still Got The Blues (1990)

“An excellent Blues album by a guy who is more well-known for rock. Listening to “Still Got The Blues” you would think that Gary Moore has been a bluesman all his life (which at his roots he has been). The album opens with “Moving On”; a high energy driving song. This is followed by “Oh Pretty Woman” and “Walking By Myself” (two more high energy songs that will make your feet tap). Moore slows things down with ‘Still Got The Blues” (a song that you would think every bluesman would do). The song “Texas Strut” fools you by starting out slow and simple, but erupts into a shuffle that will have your feet tapping again (it’s also cool how Moore gives credit to those who came from Texas).”