Wild Fron­tier (1987)

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5Ar­guably, the most ac­ces­si­ble re­lease from Moore’s ‘Ir­ish’ pe­riod, even if the bodhrán has been re­placed with a drum ma­chine and the harp jet­ti­soned (if the al­bum’s sleeve is any­thing to go by) in favour of a Gib­son ES-5 Switch­mas­ter. Al­though a Celtic feel pre­vails, gui­tars are wo­ven into ev­ery­thing and images of pints of the black stuff con­jured up by

Over The Hills And Far Away are soon dis­persed by the solo’s pinched har­mon­ics, ham­mer-ons and whammy tom­fool­ery. Johnny Boy will sate any yearn­ings for a more tra­di­tional ap­proach, but it’s the in­stru­men­tal The Loner, all swirly key­boards, that’s more em­blem­atic of Moore’s mu­si­cal core. Stand­out track: Over The Hills And Far Away

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