Moore, Gary - 1984 We Want Moore (Double Live)

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ARTIST: Moore, Gary
ALBUM: We Want Moore (Double Live)
LABEL: 10 Records
YEAR: 1984


LINEUP: Gary Moore - vocals, guitars * Neil Carter - rhythm guitars, keyboards, backing vocals * Craig Gruber - bass * Ian Paice, Bobby Chouinard - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Murder In The Skies * 02 Shapes Of Things * 03 Victims Of The Future * 04 Cold Hearted * 05 End of The World * 06 Back On The Streets * 07 So Far Away * 08 Empty Rooms * 09 Don't Take Me For A Loser * 10 Rockin' 'n' Rollin'


During 1983, it seemed to be all happening for Gary Moore, and his band. England and Europe were at his mercy whenever he toured there, but the USA had not caught up with his talent.

At the time I thought that would only be a temporary thing, as I anticipated that he would bump the likes of Ratt and Motley Crue off the pages of Circus Magazine - based on the strength of his studio album that year - 'Victims Of The Future'.

It didn't quite work to plan, but despite all that, he left us with a double live set called 'We Want Moore', which was released in 1984. At the time, I think it was about the fifth live performance that I'd heard from him over a three year period, and it certainly was the best, even outdoing his Reading 1983 performance.

The album was recorded over two nights (Feb 11 and June 23 1984).

The Songs

All of the material (except two songs) are taken from his last two studio efforts; 'Victims Of The Future' and 'Corridors Of Power'. There are no one thousand overdubs here folks. It's raw energy straight out of the can.

Introductions over on Side One, and it's full steam ahead on 'Murder In The Skies' (minus the divebombing guitar antics off the studio version), followed by a very powerful rendition of 'Shapes Of Things' and a very raw sounding 'Victims Of The Future'.

It's the best side of live metal I've heard since U.F.O's 'Strangers In The Night', and we've still got three sides to go.

'Cold Hearted' has mournful verses but struts along more happily on the choruses. Gary's solo in the middle will leave you breathless.

Rhythm guitarist and keyboardist Neil Carter dominates matters on 'End Of The World', with a Styx like keyboard passage. The song then builds pace and cranks along in typical Gary Moore fashion. I would've loved to have seen this live, as Moore's fretboard must literally be melting.

'Back On The Streets' is the oldest song on hand here.. and it's far more lively than 'Teenage Idol' - a song which never made this platter.

A beautiful intro called 'So Far Away' paves the way for the serene ballad 'Empty Rooms'. Unfortunately I much preferred the studio version. Live, this one sounds devoid of feeling, soul and atmosphere. Still, a not so good live version would be exceptional to mere mortals.

The last two songs 'Don't Take Me For A Loser' and the G-Force song 'Rockin' And Rollin' are a great way to round out this live set.

In Summary

Always a big fan of Moore's 80's material, this live album makes a good compendium to the brace of studio albums released between 1982 and 1989.

It would be good for Gary to get back to some hard rocking roots once again, but I think he is still besotted with blues material to make the change. Only time will tell, but in the meantime, get reacquainted with this double LP again.

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