Review: We Want Moore

We Want Moore, is a live album released by rock legend Gary Moore during his heavy metal hey day in the early ’80s. Before the blues came rock and rock he did.

Most people these days know Gary Moore for his collaborations with Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy and his work from Still Got The Blues from 1990 on wards. Unfortunately this means a chunk of his solo career gets forgotten about more times than not. From the excellent records Corridors of Power and Victims of the Future to albums such as After the WarMoore did it all and then some.

What We Want Moore offers a nice budget compilation live album from this hard rock period, one that should open the eyes of many. With a solid track list and a wonderful performance from musicians such as Deep Purple’s Ian Paice, the previously mentioned Phil Lynott on track eleven and Craig Gruber who is one of the few mainstays throughout the record. Moore himself wails for the entire record, putting on the same high calibre performance he has always been known for.

The record has been very well produced, with a charming ageless sound and the remaster has not ruined it at all. I did find the compilation style a bit awkward at times due to all the fade outs between songs. But considering you usually find this record in the bargain bin, I think We Want Moore is an incredible bargain for its usual asking price. For a small hand full of change you can hear some of rocks finest doing what they do best and you really can’t complain.

Personally speaking, as much as I enjoy Moore’s ’80s material, those albums never did have the great lyrics and his singing voice always sounded a little awkward behind the heavy metal style. I would say that this record pales in comparison to the next live record, Blues Alive from 1993. It feels considerably more natural and flows better. But don’t let that put you off, if you see this record lying around for a fiver or so, it is a great listen and very enjoyable. Worth adding to your collection, much like everything else Gary Moore touches.

Rating : 7 / 10

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Track Listing :

  1. Murder in the Skies
  2. Shapes of Things
  3. Victims of the Future
  4. Cold Hearted
  5. End of the World
  6. Back on the Streets
  7. So Far Away
  8. Empty Rooms
  9. Don't Take Me For a Loser
  10. Rockin' and Rollin'
  11. Parisienne Walkways (bonus)