I would imagine that most people are not familiar with the name Gary Moore, but in the 1970’s he was very significant. Moore has had such an impact on many of today’s guitarists whether they know it or not. Moore was a founding member of the successful but somewhat short lived 70’s rock group Thin Lizzy. Thin Lizzy was a group that I never got into but always appreciated the few hits they released. The bands biggest hits were “Jailbreak” and “The Boys Are Back In Town”; these were huge hits during that era. Moores playing was strictly down and dirty, however he was heavily influenced in blues as a style. Moore had a very unique style and sound that complimented Lizzy’s lead singer Phil Lynott vocals. Sadly, Lynott past away at the early age of 36 in 1986.
Moore has been a well respected guitar player who continued to release albums as a solo artist after Lizzy disbanded. Although I do not personally own anyof his albums there is one that I recall hearing and really liking; the album was a random one-time get together in 1994 with Cream alums Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce. The band was BBM (Baker, Bruce, & Mo0re) and it was entitled Around The Next Dream. The album is root rhythm and blues; for the purist it is everything but a Cream reunion (minus Clapton). I’ve heard several tracks off of it and was blown away with Moore’s playing, top notch all the way. I might pick it up this weekend and review it for a future post.
Thank you Mr. Moore for you contributions to rock, you will be missed.