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Moore, Gary - 1983 Victims Of The Future

ARTIST: Moore, Gary
ALBUM: Victims Of The Future
LABEL: 10 Records, Virgin Records
YEAR: 1983
CD REISSUE: 1988, Virgin (UK), OVED 206 * 2003, Virgin, 7243 5 83575 3 2


LINEUP: Gary Moore - guitar, vocals * Neil Carter - keyboards, guitars, vocals * Ian Paice - drums * Neil Murray, Mo Foster, Bob Daisley - bass * Bobby Chouinard - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Victims Of The Future * 02 Teenage Idol * 03 Shapes Of Things * 04 Empty Rooms * 05 Murder In The Skies * 06 All I Want * 07 Hold On To Love * 08 Law Of The Jungle>


The early 80's was a very successful period for Irish guitar legend Gary Moore. Having been in and out of Thin Lizzy more times than most, and appearances with jazz icons Colosseum before them, Moore was able to straddle the fence between pure hard rock/metal, and jazz/fusion. After exiting Thin Lizzy in 1979, he formed a short-lived outfit called G-Force which released one superb album for the Jet label in 1980. From there, Moore went solo with a deal secured with 10 Records. 1982's 'Corridors Of Power' was a spectacular entry into the hard rock arena, with blistering songs such as 'End Of The World' and 'Rockin' Every Night'. The British press took to Moore's new found confidence. Yes, 1982 was a very good year indeed. For his next release 'Victims Of The Future', Moore assembled a solid backline of players, featuring exUFO, Whitesnake and Ozzy Osbourne's Blizzard Of Ozz personnel.

The Songs
There are eight tracks onboard, and no filler in sight. We get a mix of singalong anthems with a couple of drawn out tunes that reflect a social conscience. Of the anthems, count in that lot 'Teenage Idol', 'Shapes Of Things' (gosh the video for that track was dopey wasn't it? - lots of cavorting and the awesome melodic near AOR of 'Hold On To Love'. Ensuring the melody levels remain high, the beautiful 'Empty Rooms' is an absolute classic ballad, and is one I never get sick of listening to. The title track takes a dig at modern society, politics and war, while the lyrics of 'Murder In The Skies' can be laid squarely at the feet of the old Soviet Union, for the shooting down of a Korean Airliner earlier that year.

In Summary
Despite the quality of the music, I always had a prickling for the quality of Moore's vocals - not the strongest singer out there, but obviously good enough to handle a couple of world tours and a mammoth amount of time on the road. The guitar work is at times astounding. Reading some of the Guitar World magazines at the time, Gary's name was bandied about as one of the influential guitarists of the early 80's, but Americans were getting carried away with flash-harry axe heroes such as Carlos Cavazo, Warren De Martini - both admittedly, would pale in the shadow of Moore. Still, Gary's 80's albums 'Corridors Of Power', 'Run For Cover' and 'Wild Frontier' (along with this one of course) should all be in your collections. Shame if they aren't!

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#1 | george_the_jack on June 27 2008 23:10:33
This one along with the amazing 'Corridors' are my absolute favorites. As a very big GM fan though, I like everything he has put out until the end of the 80s.

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