This is "The Big 10 - The Essential Tracks", in which we take a closer look at particular artist's or band's back catalogue, and choose the 10 finest moments. These are our subjective choices, so if you want to ask how on earth we could leave off such and such song from the list, you can... and the answer is... because we could.

  'Don't take me for a loser 'Cause I'm gonna win'. The humble Tribute to the music of the late and great Robert William Gary Moore. 4 April 1952 6 February 2011 (R.I.P.). The Belfast, Northern Irishman started out his career in Skid Row (not to be confused with the U.S. act), released his first solo effort already back in 1973, played with Colosseum II, and not to mention the brief member of Thin Lizzy, not once, but twice in the 70's.

Going through the albums, it's quite obvious Moore took influence from his native (Northern) Ireland with all the problems regarding religion, IRA. etc. He also seems to have been the rather typical product of the 'Cold War' as he wrote about disasters in a near future such as the Nuclear Attack [One push of a button is all it would take to dress the world in black. One fault in the system, a fatal mistake and you never come back] or why not the true story of a plane the Russians shot down on its way to Korea. Two hundred and sixty nine innocent victims died.

Anti-War: the common thread to many of his compositions and the steller guitar work - always a notch or three above the rest of the pack. Vocal-wise, not the best singer out there but he managed to master his voice and kept it grounded throughout the years. I believe that Ozzy Osbourne suggested that Moore had a face less attractive than 'a welder's bench'. SwedenRock Mag wrote the pathetic article shortly after his death about the lack of respect towards journalists and obviously the poor writer in question. Oh dear. Oh dear. Be the nerdy fan of Music and not the lame stalker of the Musician. R.I.P. Gary Moore - thank you for the MUSIC.

10. Nuclear Attack
9. Don't Take Me For a Loser
8. Once In a Lifetime
7. Run For Cover
6. Wild Frontier

5. Victims of The Future
The title track from the 80's album reek of post WWII gloom and hysteria. Moore, the troubled 'Cold War Kid' as he spent most of his time thinking about disasters. 'Is there no end to all this madness. Is there no hope for us all'. I believe we are all doomed to suffer as, 'Our world is headed for destruction. Our fate is the hands of fools'. Blimey. Radiohead, a bunch of cheerful bastards in a quick comparison. 'Set on a course for disaster. Living our lives in fear'. Oh we are all 'Victims of The Future'. Ian Paice on drums, yes, he was a member of Gary Moore's excellent band just prior to the Purple reunion the following year.

4. Over The Hills and Far Away
Celtic/gaelic hard rock at its best and described as Moore gone Big Country? Indeed. They made the celtic rock sound popular again in the mid-80s, Moore took it to the next level on his 1987 release, Wild Frontier. The beat of the drums, the celtic instruments, the roaring guitar work and the nearly kitchy, but extremely catchy refrain.

3. Empty Rooms
So nice he recorded it twice? Ehh, three times actually, but who's counting? The drunk geezer at the Tennis court? 15 Love... Hic. He finally nailed it and the ballad of 'loneliness is your only friend' became the hit in Europe. Never big in the states, the man sold out football stadiums in the capacity of 30,000 in Sweden as well as recorded the video 'Live At Isstadion' in the land of Vikings, ABBA, and Ikea. This particular video is ehh, classic? as he walks through empty rooms where we learn to live without love. Love the original bass work just prior to the guitar solo. Sadly removed from the final hit version as featured on 'Run For Cover'.

2. Parisienne Walkways (live)
The nearly instrumental piece was he's first U.K. Top-10 hit in 1979. Co-written by Phil Lynott, who also sang the few couple of lines, the song is a track taken from the 1978 album 'Back on the Streets'. The 1984 live version and B-side from the 12 single of Empty Rooms is the guitarist at his very best. Classic recording from Ulster Hall in Belfast with Lynott as the special guest. 'I remember Paris in 1949. The Champs Elysee, San Michelle And old Beauolais wine. And I recall that you were mine In those Parisienne days. Looking back at the photographs. Those summerdays spent outside corner cafes. Oh, I could write you paragraphs, About my old Parisienne days'.

1. Out in The Fields
'No colour or religion ever stopped a bullet from a gun' - simple yet genius work from the sharp pen of Moore. If that's not enough to make you stop and take notice, let me throw another line at you, 'Death is just a heartbeat away'. It all make sense. Soldiers in the fields are going to end up dead. The excellent duet feat. Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy) about the religious turmoil in Ireland. The song became the biggest hit either of the two would ever have and it's difficult to find a better ending to your 80's hard rock party.

This list by: Urban Wallström

The list as a YouTube playlist

Individual lists:

Martien Koolen :

10. Cold Day In Hell
9. Shapes Of Things
8. Wild Frontier
7. Over The Hills and Far Away
6. Out In The Fields
5. After the War
4. Still Got The Blues
3. Empty Rooms
2. Murder In The Skies
1. Parisienne Walkways

Kimmo Toivonen:

10.After The War
9. Run For Cover
8. One Day
7. Don't Take Me For A Loser
6. Over The Hills And Far Away
5. Wild Frontier
4. Always Gonna Love You
3. Empty Rooms
2. Once In A Lifetime
1. Out In The Fields

Alan Holloway :

10. Wishing Well
9. Once In a Lifetime
8. Wild Frontier
7. Walking By Myself
6. Victims Of The Future
5. Over The Hills and Far Away
4. The Loner
3. Military Man
2. Shape Of Things
1. Out In the Fields

 

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10. Military Man
9. Murder In The Skies
8. Shapes Of Things
7. Victims of The Future
6. Once In a Lifetime
5. Wild Frontier
4. Parisienne Walkways
3. Over The Hills and Far Away
2. Empty Rooms
1. Out in The Fields

 

 

1">This list by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom,

The list as a YouTube playlist