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Moore, Gary - 1985 Run For Cover

ARTIST: Moore, Gary
ALBUM: Run For Cover
LABEL: 10 Records
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: 1986, 10 Records, DIX CD 16 * 2003, Virgin (Eur), MOORECD4 7243 5 83577 2 1 (bonus tracks, remaster)


LINEUP: Gary Moore - vocals, guitars * Glenn Hughes, Phil Lynott, Bob Daisley - bass, backing vocals * Gary Ferguson, Paul Thompson, Charlie Morgan - drums * Andy Richards, Don Airey, Neil Carter - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Run For Cover * 02 Reach For The Sky * 03 Military Man * 04 Empty Rooms * 05 Out Of My System * 06 Out In The Fields * 07 Nothing To Lose * 08 Once In A Lifetime * 09 All Messed Up * 10 Listen To Your Heartbeat


Before he turned to the blues and modern pop, Gary Moore was of course one of hard rocks most accomplished guitarists and artists. Coming into 'Run For Cover' he was riding the success of 1983's 'Victims Of The Future', his solo career providing him with more stability than his former projects like Colosseum II, Thin Lizzy and G-Force. Moore hired stalwarts like Glenn Hughes and Phil Lynott to assist him with the follow up, a showcase of precision like hard rock and AOR.

The Songs
'Run For Cover' hit no 12 on the British charts and the duet between Moore and Lynott, 'Out In The Fields', hit no 5 on the singles chart. The title track begins things roaringly, the use of keyboards right up in the mix. Moore's soloing is in full force, a good reminder of what he was once capable of. Hughes assumes vocals on 'Reach For The Sky', the first of his four lead cuts. Melodically imposing, it benefits from a nice buildup before the chorus, good chord changes. 'Military Man' is Lynott written and sung, a hard-hitting plea concerning the madness of war. The great man puts every ounce of passion into his delivery, stirring stuff. 'Empty Rooms' was a hit ballad which first appeared on the 'Victims' album a year earlier. It hit no 23 in 85, but I could do without the drum machine, a bit too pop. Hughes tears through 'Out Of My System', an AOR contender of classic quality. Moore had hit a rich vein of melody on this album. It helped that one time American AOR maestro Beau Hill produced the song, along with the dynamite 'Nothing To Lose'. 'Out In The Fields' was a deserved hit, a hard rock vehicle concerning the trouble in Moore and Lynott's home Northern Ireland. 'Once In A Lifetime' hits new AOR heights, maximum use of synths and a knockout hook. 'Listen To Your Heartbeat' is dominated by all manner of keyboard programming, but a vintage melodic guitar solo rescues things.

In Summary
Just days after the albums release Moore had a bust up with Hughes, who was supposed to tour in support of the album, and relieved him of duties. Subsequent albums found more success, but Moore blew it when he found the blues, rejecting hard rock totally. In the late 90's Moore publicly denounced his 80's output at a time when AOR and hard rock were sorely out of favour. Since then it has been hard to respect Moore, as good as he was. 'Run For Cover' is a tremendous album now soured by Moore's offensive remarks. Despite all the AOR attributes it contains, it's easy to wonder if Moore was just chasing fads, even back then.

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#1 | Jez on June 13 2008 09:07:50
Another strong release with some excellent material, which borders on AOR territory in places, especially on the re-recorded version of 'Empty Rooms' & 'Listen To Your Heartbeat'. 'Military Man' with Phil Lynott is a brilliant track aswell as the Glenn Hughes sung tracks which are also highlights.
#2 | Metal Loaf on April 13 2013 19:33:56
"Out In the Fields" is a stand-out track for me. I'm a huge admirer of Moore's guitar playing but I think he's often underrated as a vocalist. He's no vocal giant but I think he acquits himself well on this album.
#3 | Geir on February 07 2016 14:43:36
This one I played A LOT, but then again, that goes for just about ANY album Gary Moore released from 'Victims of the Future' and onwards in the eighties! I do have a hard time singling out his best release as such, but 'Run For Cover' seemed to incorporate AOR to a slightly larger degree than 'Victims...' and successfully so.

As for 'Out of My System', that wasn't on the original vinyl album and I recall being shocked at how such an excellent song only made the B-side of a single, but at least it did that! Thumbs Up Credit to 10 Records for not simply tagging it onto the end of the album, but rather inbetween 'Empty Rooms' and 'Out in the Fields', where it fits very snuggly!
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