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Gary Moore: Wild Frontier

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Which CD - Performance 9 / Sound 9

Album Notes

Personnel: Gary Moore (vocals, guitar); Neil Carter (vocals, keyboards); Bob Daisley (bass).

Additional producers: Pete Smith, James "Jimbo" Barton, Mike Stone.

Additional engineer: Chris Porter.

This album attempted to repeat the pop-metal formula of Gary Moore's 1985 album, Run for Cover, but falls short for various reasons. First, the songwriting wasn't quite up to par and except for "Over the Hills and Far Away, the title track, and "The Loner" - a beautifully moody guitar instrumental, Moore seemed to be going through the motions. Second, and most fatal was the decision to use a drum machine throughout the album; a failed experiment which just plain sounds wrong. Still, this is hardly a bad record, just slightly disappointing. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia



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