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Postby trebor » Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:26 pm

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Robert William GARY MOORE
April 4th, 1952 - February 6th, 2011

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Acknowledged as one of the finest musicians that the British Isles has ever produced, and with a career that dated back to the 1960s, there were few musical genres that Gary Moore had not turned his adroit musical hand to.

Gracing the line-ups of several notable rock bands, Thin Lizzy, Colosseum II and (The Original) Skid Row, in his time, he also established himself as a world-class guitarist, with few equals. Gary was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on April 4th 1952. Like many others, he was turned on to rock and roll first through hearing Elvis Presley, and then via The Beatles. Seeing the likes of Jimi Hendrix and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers in his hometown in the mid-60s opened up to him the rich world of The Blues. Hearing the art of the blues guitar performed by such lauded exponents as Peter Green fired Moore's nascent talent, and it wasn't long before he was being hailed as a teen musical prodigy. Indeed, it was Green himself who helped foster Moore's career, a debt that was repaid handsomely when Gary cut his warm and heartfelt tribute to his mentor, the 'Blues For Greeny' album, released in 1995.

Gary's first band of note, the power trio Skid Row, secured a record deal with the CBS label in 1970. By this time, Gary had moved to Dublin, and befriended a certain Philip Lynott, who filled the vocal role with Skid Row until shortly before the CBS deal was signed. Gary cut three albums with the band, and toured the USA supporting The Allman Brothers Band, and Mountain amongst others, before he left Skid Row to embark on a solo career. This proved short-lived, as Gary was soon to reunite with Phil Lynott as replacement for Eric Bell in the Thin Lizzy line-up. Although he was in the band for a relatively brief tenure, he would re-join their ranks following the departure of Brian Robertson in 1977, and again, finally as a full band member, for the 'Black Rose' album and tour in 1978.

In 1979, Gary's solo career began in earnest with the evocative hit single, 'Parisienne Walkways', which pitched Gary's tasteful, blues-soaked lead guitar with a moody Phil Lynott guest vocal. The single reached the UK Top Ten in April of that year, and the subsequent album, 'Back On The Streets' was similarly well received. The late 1970s and early 80s were characterised by Gary's restless search for the best musical settings for his talents; a reunion with Phil Lynott produced the powerful 'Out In The Fields' hit single (1985). He explored his Celtic roots on the album 'Wild Frontier' (1987), but it was with the 1990 album, 'Still Got The Blues', that Gary arrived at a rich musical vein within which his creativity could flow freely. This and its successor, 'After Hours' saw cameo appearances from the likes of such Blues guitar greats as Albert King, BB King, and Albert Collins, and it is a testament to Gary's own remarkable talents that he more than held his own amongst such august company. In 1994, Gary worked alongside Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce in the band BBM, cutting one accomplished album, before resuming his solo career. The, Back To The Blues' (2001) album saw him revisit the blues with renewed vigour and determination, after the more experimental 'Dark Days In Paradise' (1997) and 'A Different Beat' (1999) albums. A ten-track collection that mixed excellent Moore originals, with gritty and intense covers of standards. But, in the tradition of keeping his fans and critics guessing, 2002 saw Gary Moore crashing back onto the music scene with what had to be his heaviest collection of songs since the late 1980's, once again forcing people to reassess any opinions and preconceptions they might have had of him. That time round though, Moore had decided to share the limelight, joining forces with ex-Skunk Anansie bassist Cass Lewis and Primal Scream drummer Darrin Mooney to form 'Scars', a true power trio in every respect.

The 'Scars' album was completed in early 2002 and that line-up, then went on to record the 'Live at the Monsters of Rock' (2003) live CD and DVD, which featured the band's set as performed on two separate nights on the UK Tour in May 2003. That live set encompassed a diverse range of material, from across Gary's playing career. 2004, saw possibly the rawest album yet, with 'Power of the Blues'. The 10-track set, recorded mostly live in the studio, ranged from the hard rock/blues of the title track, via the upbeat swing of "Can't find my baby", to the haunting "Torn Inside". Taking time out in August 2005, for a brief reunion with former Thin Lizzy band members, for a one off concert in Dublin, to mark the occasion of Phil Lynott's birth. The evening was filmed for the 2006 DVD release, 'Gary Moore and Friends, One Night in Dublin, A Tribute to Phil Lynott'. With his 2007 studio album "Close As You Get", Gary continued in a direction not too dissimilar from "Old, New, Ballads, Blues", released in 2006. Mixing original tunes with some interesting blues covers that Gary had rediscovered, whilst researching for his award winning radio series, "Blues Power", for Planet Rock (UK based digital/internet radio station).

September 2008 saw the release of what would turn out to be Gary's last studio album, "Bad for you Baby". Again, a powerful collection of tracks, mixing original material and selected blues covers. After being on the road for most of 2008 and into 2010 with the "Blues" line up of the touring band. Gary returned from a tour of Russia and the Far East, and decided to reunite with his old sparring partner from the rock line up's of the 1980's, Neil Carter. The plan was to put together a "Rock" line up and dust off a selection of tracks from the mid to late 1980's. Adding Jon Noyce, (ex Jethro Tull/Sessions) on bass, some one who was also part of the, "One Night in Dublin" Tribute DVD in 2005, and Darrin Mooney (Primal Scream/Sessions) on drums, who was no stranger to the touring and recording line during the late 1990's and early 2000's. This line up, hit the road in May of 2010, performing a live set based around a selection of tracks from Gary's "Rock Years." of the 1980's. This proved to be a real treat for fans, old & new, as many would have not heard Gary play these songs live, either for a very long time, or in many cases, at all. In addition to the older tunes, a number of new "Celtic Rock" style tracks were included in the show, which went down very well with the live audiences. Tracks, which Gary was planning to record and embellish, on his next studio project. A project that was ready to start when Gary returned from a short holiday break. Unfortunately, that was not to be, as Gary passed away in his sleep in the early hours of February 6th, 2011, in Estepona, Spain.

After being such a "force of nature" in the guitar-playing firmament, for many years, as part of a professional career that began when he was only 16. He leaves behind a huge hole for many, not just his close family and friends, but guitar fans around the world. Of all the many tributes paid since Gary's passing, maybe this one, from Gary's friend and musical collaborator, Don Airey, might sum up the best of most people's thoughts of Gary: "At the 1984 Donington Festival during the long solo in "Empty Rooms" the previously restive crowd went so quiet, you could hear a pin drop - everyone back and behind stage stopped whatever they were doing and just stood to listen open-mouthed. His artistry touched thousands of people over the years, not least those of us lucky enough to have shared a stage or a recording studio with him. Sleep tight old mate, you'll be sorely missed."
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Postby trebor » Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:47 pm

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Song list:

After The War ( After The War , 1989 )
Always Gonna Love You ( Corridors Of Power , 1982 )
Cold Day In Hell ( After Hours , 1992 )
Don't Take Me For A Loser ( Corridors Of Power , 1982 )
Empty Rooms ( Victims Of The Future , 1983 )
Falling In Love With You ( Corridors Of Power , 1982 )
Friday On My Mind ( Wild Frontier , 1987 )
Hold On To Love ( Victims Of The Future , 1983 )
Hot Gossip ( G-Force , 1980 )
Listen To Your Heartbeat ( Run For Cover , 1985 )
Military Man ( Run For Cover , 1985 )
Nowhere Fast ( Close As You Get , 2007 )
Nuclear Attack ( Dirty Fingers , 1981 )
Oh Pretty Woman ( Still Got The Blues , 1990 )
One Good Reason ( Dark Days In Paradise , 1997 )
Out In The Fields ( Run For Cover , 1985 )
Over The Hills And Far Away ( Wild Frontier , 1987 )
Parisienne Walkways ( Back On The Streets , 1978 )
Picture Of The Moon ( Back To The Blues , 2001 )
Ready For Love ( After The War , 1989 )
Run For Cover ( Run For Cover , 1985 )
Separate Ways ( After Hours , 1992 )
Shapes Of Things ( Victims Of The Future , 1983 )
Since I Met You Baby ( After Hours , 1992 )
Spanish Guitar ( Back On The Streets , 1978 )
Still Got The Blues (For You) ( Still Got The Blues , 1990 )
Story Of The Blues ( After Hours , 1992 )
Take A Little Time ( Wild Frontier , 1987 )
The Loner ( Wild Frontier , 1987 )
Trouble Ain't Far Behind ( Bad For You Baby , 2008 )
Walking By Myself ( Still Got The Blues , 1990 )
Wild Frontier ( Wild Frontier , 1987 )

Have narrowed down the discography to 32 songs.
The albums which have a political background and his rebel years, have been emphasised and the Blues creative period has been given less weight as there are a lot of cover versions. Also, all side projects (unless with Phil Lynott), and stints with other bands may have not been given proper credit here.
It was very hard to make a selection that covers 40 years.

To start soon!
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Postby trebor » Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:56 pm

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Round ONE
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Still Got The Blues (For You)
Hot Gossip
Take A Little Time
Wild Frontier

Instructions:
There will be eight rounds with four songs each! (Selected via random.org)
The twelve songs with the smallest vote ratio will leave in one go at the end of these initial matches.

Rank the songs from 4 (= favourite song) to 1 (= least favourite song)
Time frame: 48 hours
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Postby navi » Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:16 pm

8 is too much

8 Hot Gossip
7 Still Got The Blues (For You)
6 Parisienne Walkways
5 Friday On My Mind (a little bit bland version, but anyway)
4 Trouble Ain't Far Behind
3 Wild Frontier
2 Take A Little Time
1 Hold On To Love
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Postby trebor » Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:22 pm

navi wrote:8 is too much
8 as a grade or 8 songs to sample at one time?
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Postby navi » Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:26 pm

trebor wrote:
navi wrote:8 is too much
8 as a grade or 8 songs to sample at one time?
:lol:
later one
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Postby trebor » Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:29 pm

:lol: :lol: (For a minute I really thought you meant it not to deserve 8 points... ) :lol: :lol:
OK. Agree with you and I am going down to 4 songs and increase the matches to 8!
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Postby navi » Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:15 pm

one more try :wink:

4 Hot Gossip
3 Still Got The Blues (For You)
2 Wild Frontier
1 Take A Little Time
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Postby Carbon » Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:23 pm

tried this round and he's not really my thing, so I don't think I'll continue participating (unless you need more voters to keep the survivor going :D )

but since I've listened, I might as well vote for this round!

4 Take A Little Time
3 Still Got The Blues (For You)
2 Wild Frontier
1 Hot Gossip
Ја кријам главата под шалот.
Само на веѓите ми се гледа
дека мислам на тебе.


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Postby leomedar » Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:46 pm

4 Still Got The Blues (For You) great, a classic
3Hot Gossip very good
2 Wild Frontier
1 Take A Little Time
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Postby trebor » Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:41 pm

(Difficult. Love them all. Still Got The Blues is not my favourite but it's objectively the best composition)

4 Still Got The Blues (For You)
3 Take A Little Time
2 Hot Gossip
1 Wild Frontier
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Postby trebor » Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:59 pm

Round TWO
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Hold On To Love
Friday On My Mind
Trouble Ain't Far Behind
Parisienne Walkways

Instructions:
There will be eight rounds with four songs each! (Selected via random.org)
The twelve songs with the smallest vote ratio will leave in one go at the end of these initial matches.

Rank the songs from 4 (= favourite song) to 1 (= least favourite song)
Time frame: 48 hours

29. Still Got The Blues (For You) - 3.5
30. Hot Gossip - 2.5
31. Take A Little Time - 2.25
32. Wild Frontier - 1.75
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Postby trebor » Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:04 pm

@Carbon
Would really love it if you could stick around. I understand how hard it must be for you...
But I'm already floored and full of gratitude for the support you have already shown! [ <3 ]
(In return I will participate in one of your games of your choice :wink: )
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Postby leomedar » Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:44 pm

4 Parisienne Walkways (amazing one, sounds like a grower for me, great)
3 Trouble Ain't Far Behind (this is my fav sound from himI want to drink some whiskey now with this as soundtrack)
2 Friday On My Mind (simple but fantastic, makes you jump)
1 Hold On To Love (good one, but a little too samey with so many others of the time, imo lacks a little of his identity comparing to the previous set of songs)
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Postby navi » Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:17 pm

4 Parisienne Walkways
3 Friday On My Mind
2 Trouble Ain't Far Behind
1 Hold On To Love

The Easybeats - Friday On My Mind original version
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Postby CrazyCrazy » Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:41 pm

4 Trouble Ain't Far Behind - oooh that kind of opening always pulls me in, real bluesy.
3 Parisienne Walkways
2 Friday On My Mind
1 Hold On To Love - Nice typical 80s stadium rock vibe, nostalgic.

I'll try to keep listening if I have time.
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Postby navi » Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:47 pm

speed this up, trebor :wink:

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Postby trebor » Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:00 pm

^ Yeah! 8-) I know that, but I set a two day time frame and today is still the 9th!

4 Parisienne Walkways
3 Friday On My Mind
2 Hold On To Love
1 Trouble Ain't Far Behind
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Postby trebor » Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:59 pm

Round TWO
Songs randomized by random.org
so, it's a third day
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Postby trebor » Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:10 pm

Round THREE
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The Loner
Ready For Love
Nuclear Attack
Nowhere Fast

Instructions:
There will be eight rounds with four songs each! (Selected via random.org)
The twelve songs with the smallest vote ratio will leave in one go at the end of these initial matches.

Rank the songs from 4 (= favourite song) to 1 (= least favourite song)
Time frame: 48 hours

25. Parisienne Walkways - 3.75
26. Still Got The Blues (For You) - 3.5
27. Hot Gossip - 2.5
==- Trouble Ain't Far Behind - 2.5
29. Friday On My Mind - 2.5
30. Take A Little Time - 2.25
31. Wild Frontier - 1.75
32. Hold On To Love - 1.25
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Postby trebor » Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:15 pm

navi wrote:
Postby trebor » Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:59 pm

Round TWO
Songs randomized by random.org
so, it's a third day
Do you have a bad day? (I'm seriously not amused)
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Postby navi » Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:33 pm

4 Nowhere Fast
3 Nuclear Attack
2 Ready For Love
1 The Loner
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Postby leomedar » Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:19 am

4 The Loner
3 Nowhere Fast
2 Ready For Love
1 Nuclear Attack

really liked the first two
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Postby trebor » Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:33 pm

@navi I'm sorry for being such a hot-heated a$$ and coming on so strong! My sincere apologies
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Postby trebor » Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:33 pm

4 The Loner
3 Nowhere Fast
2 Nuclear Attack
1 Ready For Love
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