The original Skid Row was the blueprint for guitarist Gary Moore's long and varied career. Moore was just shy of 18 years old when this album was released in 1971, but you wouldn't know it by listening to his incredible guitar playing; in spite of his youth, his playing is skillful and mature.
The band is rounded out by bassist "Brush" Shields and drummer Noel Bridgeman, who along with Moore, are a tight and cohesive power trio. Along with their rival band in Ireland, Taste (featuring an equally young Rory Gallagher on guitar), Skid Row is not the least bit afraid to let loose and jam, and they do so frequently throughout this album. But unlike most jam bands, there's one major exception with Skid Row: they hold your attention and don't bore you.
Some interesting tidbits about the album: the track "Mar" features (according to the liner notes) "the studio receptionist's boyfriend" on bass, and the title "34 Hours" was the exact amount of time the band spent in the studio recording the album. Taking into consideration the complexity of some of the material with their odd time signatures and dynamics, this is a pretty astounding achievement! As you might expect, Gary Moore's guitar playing is the focus here, and his already immense talents are very much on display. Very impressive work for someone so young!
You'll have to look long and hard to find this CD now, but it will be well worth it if you can; I recommend it highly!