Gary Moore - Wild Frontier 12" Vinyl LP Album


Gary Moore's "Wild Frontier" (1987) marked a return to his Belfast roots, infusing his blues-rock style with Celtic melodies. The album explores themes of Ireland's struggles and personal introspection. Moore's iconic guitar work and vocals shine, particularly on "Over the Hills and Far Away." His use of a drum machine fueled debate, but "Wild Frontier" solidifies his legacy as a master of weaving rock power with traditional soundscapes.

Front cover Photo of Gary Moore Wild Frontier

"Wild Frontier" Album Description:

Gary Moore's 1987 release, "Wild Frontier," marked a defining moment in the blues-rock legend's career. The album found Moore revisiting a pivotal period of personal rediscovery following a trip to his hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1985. Plagued by a creative lull, the experience of reconnecting with his roots sparked a musical transformation.

Historical Context: Ireland's Troubles and Moore's Reflection

Moore's return to Belfast coincided with a time of deep social and political unrest known as 'The Troubles.' While he seldom addressed these issues directly in his music, the weight of his homeland's struggles infused "Wild Frontier" with a palpable sense of melancholy and introspection.

Musical Exploration: Celtic Roots and Rock Power

"Wild Frontier" showcases Moore's exploration of Celtic musical traditions woven seamlessly with his signature hard rock power. The album's title track, along with the iconic "Over the Hills and Far Away," features soaring guitar melodies, evocative of traditional folk music, laid over pulsating rock rhythms. Moore effortlessly blends these elements, creating a uniquely compelling soundscape.

Controversies: The Drum Machine Debate

One of the more controversial aspects of "Wild Frontier" was Moore's decision to use a drum machine instead of a live drummer. This move drew criticism from some fans who longed for a more organic, unprocessed sound. However, Moore defended the choice, arguing that it allowed him to craft intricate and powerful rhythms that complemented the album's atmosphere.

Frontman and Collaborators

Gary Moore remained the undisputed star of "Wild Frontier." His virtuosic guitar playing and raw, emotive vocals are the heart and soul of the album. However, the album also benefited from the talents of other skilled musicians, including keyboardist Neil Carter, who would become a frequent collaborator.

Music Genre:

  Hard Rock Heavy Metal

Album Production information:

The album: "Wild Frontier" was produced by: Peter Collins for Jill Music Ltd
Album photography by John Swannell

Record Label Information:

  Virgin 10 Music 208 183 (208183)

Album Packaging:

  This album includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, and photos. 

Media Format:

  12" Vinyl Full-Length Stereo LP  Gramophone Record
Album weight: 200 gram  

Year & Country:

  1987 Made in EEC
Band Members and Musicians on: Gary Moore Wild Frontier
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Gary Moore - Guitar, Vocals, Producer, Engineer
  • Neil Carter - Keyboards, Vocals
  • Bob Daisley - Bass

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Track Listing of: "Wild Frontier"

The Song/tracks on "Wild Frontier" are

    Side One:
  • Over the Hills and Far Away 5:20
  • Wild Frontier 4:14
  • Take a Little Time 4:05
  • The Loner 5:54
  • Wild Frontier 6:38
  • Friday on My Mind 4:11
  • Strangers in the Darkness 4:38
  • Thunder Rising 5:43
  • Johnny Boy 3:15
  • Over the Hills and Far Away 7:26
  • Crying in the Shadows 5:01
Front Cover Photo Of Wild Frontier
Front cover Photo of Gary Moore Wild Frontier


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