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4.0 out of 5 stars Ignore at your peril
I've always had a soft spot for this album, it's rocking but also hints at Gary's imminent departure for pastures 'blues'. The Buchanan cover of 'The Messiah Will Come Again' is simply stunning and whilst satisfying the Parisienne Walkways fans it also shows Mr Moore throwing down his blues gauntlet, one he would subsequently pick up on 'Still Got The Blues'. The Ozzy...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Going over old ground but heading for the blues.
Moore last Rock Album from the late 80's. I bought this on the day it came out and was disappointed as the heavy songs were heavy for heavies sake and others which just seemed to go nowhere new. We'd heard it all before and Moores creativity seemed to be going over old ground - that is all expecpt for the messiah will come which indicated a move towards the blues...
Published on 28 April 2007 by Seasoned Rock Fan


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4.0 out of 5 stars Ignore at your peril, 9 Oct 2008
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Adamski (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: After The War (Audio CD)
I've always had a soft spot for this album, it's rocking but also hints at Gary's imminent departure for pastures 'blues'. The Buchanan cover of 'The Messiah Will Come Again' is simply stunning and whilst satisfying the Parisienne Walkways fans it also shows Mr Moore throwing down his blues gauntlet, one he would subsequently pick up on 'Still Got The Blues'. The Ozzy track is good, as is Ready For Love. It's an 80's/Irish/Rock/Blues hotchpotch which succeeds on all levels. Gary's last 'rock' outing is a winner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some early signs of metal fatigue, 10 Nov 2013
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Although the final album in Gary Moore's heavy rock phase, this was a strong work then and still stands up well today. The original lp was a simpler metal work with four tracks per side. Expanded in CD form, bookended by two traditional Celtic-sounding instrumentals and with a superb cover (the only non-Moore composition) of Roy Buchanan's majestic instrumental "The Messiah Will Come Again", it was improved immeasurably. The inclusion of Gary's take on Thin Lizzy's "Emerald" and three live tracks on the remastered version really is the icing on the cake.

It goes without saying there are frequent fretboard fireworks- superb solos abound. As for the songs, "Speak For Yourself" is Moore at his most metallic and "Running From The Storm" has a real sense of drama. Although the title track has a serious point to it (sadly, just as relevant today) elsewhere there's also more than a dash of humour - from the cynical-sounding "Led Clones" (sung brilliantly by Ozzy Osborne) and "This Thing Called Love" to "Ready For Love". "This Thing ..." sounds very early Van Halen and "Ready ..." has similarly tongue-in-cheek lyrics. "Living On Dreams" recalls Gary's growing up in Belfast and "Blood Of Emeralds" his moving to Dublin - themes he would explore in greater depth (and to greater effect) on "Business As Usual" from the brilliant Dark Days In Paradise. After The War would effectively draw a line in the (hard rock) sand before GM went off (rather controversially for some) in a bluesier direction and, looking back, the choice of the Buchanan cover was a prophetic one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars some great Moore classic tracks, 9 Oct 2013
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Great guitar playing and some very good song writing, best album before his blues journey, give it a listen, definitely worth buying
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3.0 out of 5 stars Going over old ground but heading for the blues., 28 April 2007
This review is from: After The War (Audio CD)
Moore last Rock Album from the late 80's. I bought this on the day it came out and was disappointed as the heavy songs were heavy for heavies sake and others which just seemed to go nowhere new. We'd heard it all before and Moores creativity seemed to be going over old ground - that is all expecpt for the messiah will come which indicated a move towards the blues genre.

During this tour Moore confided in Bob Daisley saying he was bored with this music and scene and craved for the blues. Daisley advised him to follow his heart and shortly after outcame 'still got the blues'-Good advise and smart move as this album despite running out of ideas kick started Moore to follow his instinct.

Not a bad album but disappointing in Moores standards.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bluesmen and rockers can be the same, 15 Nov 2003
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Xavier (Lleida, Lleida Spain) - See all my reviews
This review is from: After The War (Audio CD)
This is other Gary Moore’s rock plays which shows us his other face, not just a blues man. With this play we can discover that the guy is good in more than just one style and that he can play both, the most genuine rocker style with themes such as ‘After the war’ , and other themes which denote a huge sensibility such as ‘Messiah will come again’
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