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Over the hills and far away...




Gary Moore was an Irish singer who really began his artistic career with the band 'Skid Row' between 1968 and 1971 and then continued it with 'Thin Lizzy' between 1974 and 1979.


This will not prevent him from producing in 1973 a first solo album "Grinding stone", an album which will unfortunately go somewhat unnoticed...


It was the release in 1978 of his second solo album "Back on the streets" which finally allowed him to be talked about personally with the Single "Parisienne walkways". Title which was released a year later in 1979 and which offered the artist his first solo success.


Return in grouped mode the following year in 1980 within a group called 'G-Force', a group which will produce only one album of the name of the group and which will pass somewhat under the radar...


The grouped mode having not really benefited him, return to solo in 1982 with the album "Corridors of power". Album which will give him his first success on both sides of the Atlantic thanks to the Single "Always gonna love you".


Success confirmed and amplified on a planetary level with the release in 1983 of the album "Victims of the future", an album which paradoxically did not manage to produce a hit of planetary class precisely...


It was the following album "Run for cover", which was released in 1985, which finally gave the artist his first planetary top hit with the title "Out in the fields". Title he performs with his former companion from Thin Lizzy, namely Phil Lynott.


The rise in power was impressive year after year and led to the release in 1987 of a new album “Wild Frontier”. Album that will be even stronger than its predecessor thanks to the flagship Single “Over the hills and far away”, an enormous title which becomes its first planetary mega hit.


Small drop in speed in 1989 with the release of the album "After the war", an album with less success than its predecessor and which will mainly produce the Single of the same name.


The supreme consecration the following year with the release of the album "Still got the blues", album which will remain as the best classified of all and which will produce one of its biggest Singles namely "Still got the blues ( For you)”.


New notorious success in 1992 with the album "After hours", album which will paradoxically produce his last hit of planetary level with the Single "Cold day in hell".


Other albums will be released subsequently but none will reach the level of success of the albums that preceded it.


Artist who will leave us on February 6, 2011 at the age of 58 following a cardiac arrest while on vacation in Spain.


To discover or rediscover.


Discography (among others…) :

  • Time to heal 1973

  • Sail across the mountain 1973

  • Back on the streets 1978

  • Parisienne walkways 1979

  • Spanish guitar 1979

  • You (G-Force) 1980

  • You kissed me sweetly (G-Force) 1980

  • Nuclear attack 1981

  • Always gonna love you 1982

  • Don't take me for a loser 1982

  • Falling in love with you 1983

  • Hold on to love 1984

  • Shapes of things 1984

  • Empty rooms 1984

  • Don’t let me be misunderstood 1984

  • Out in the fields 1985

  • Run for cover 1985

  • Listen to your heartbeat 1985

  • Over the hills and far away 1986

  • Wild frontier 1987

  • Friday on my mind 1987

  • The loner 1987

  • Take a little time 1987

  • After the war 1989

  • Ready for love 1989

  • Led clones 1989

  • Oh pretty woman 1990

  • Still got the blues (For you) 1990

  • Walking by myself 1990

  • Too tired 1990

  • Cold day in hell 1992

  • Story of the blues 1992

  • Since I met you baby 1992

  • Separate ways 1992

  • Where in the world 1994

  • One day 1994

  • Need your love so bad 1995

  • One good reason 1997

  • I have found my love in you 1997

  • Always there for you 1997

  • Surrender 1999

  • Lost in your love 1999

  • Picture of the moon 2001

  • Power of the Blues 2004

  • There's a hole 2004

  • You know my love 2006

  • Gonna rain today 2006

  • All your love 2006

  • Flesh and blood 2006

  • Have you heard 2007

  • I had a dream 2007

  • Holding on 2008

  • Trouble ain't far behind 2008

  • In my dreams 2021

  • Love can make a fool of you 2021


 

Clips :


1973...the very first solo steps which will go somewhat unnoticed. Afterwards there is nothing to worry about more than that at this stage...



1973...he tried and even if it didn't work as planned, that in no way affects his plan to strike out on his own at one point or another...



1978...he will try again 5 years later and the result in the Charts will be the same, i.e. close to absolute zero...



1979...but he was right to hang on because this time will be the right one. He will sign here what will undoubtedly remain as one of the most emblematic titles of this end of the decade, just that...



1979...a sequel that will be unable to compete with the previous gem. It must be said that he has set the bar so high that to match it is a pure and simple miracle...



1980...we find him in grouped mode at the dawn of this new 80s decade, a mode which is not going to be very successful for him despite a more than certain quality of title...



1980...afterwards he will have at least tried. A group that failed to find its place at the top level even though it had everything it needed to do so...



1981...a beginning of the 80s which did not succeed for him more than that. He will therefore have to ask himself the right questions and quickly concerning the rest of the events...



1982...business picks up a little from 1982, but only in the United States. On the other hand, it's better than nothing at all...



1982...a title which will not be released as a Single but which surely deserved to be. It would have been a shame to hide it...



1983...few titles released as Singles at the start of the 80s, but quality each time anyway. Isn't that the main thing...



1984...a beginning of 1984 which rhymes with the return of success across the Channel. That's for the good news because for the bad news it's that success has disappeared on the United States side...



1984...he decides to revisit here the Yardbirds title dating from 1966. A copy which will not really equal the original in terms of success, it is clear...



1984...a year 1984 which will only see him shine on the Old Continent but it's still better than nothing. Many would be quite content with it in his place...



1984... new luxury cover this time on the title of Animals dating from 1965. As much as the copy of Santa Esmeralda will have been a hit, his rock version will go unnoticed to say the least...



1985...it was by joining forces with his old friend of Thin Lizzy that the singer achieved the biggest success of his entire solo discography. HU-GE !



1985...as much as the previous title has been talked about, this one will go unnoticed to say the least. It must be said that the overspeed does not help on this title...



1985...we won't talk about that one anymore when the tempo is much less speedy. Sometimes you don't have to try to understand...



1986...his second biggest success and this time without sharing the poster. The title of supreme consecration which offers him a place of choice in the musical Pantheon of the end of the 20th century. A well-deserved place !



1987...a beginning of the year 1987 which largely benefits from the enormous suction effect created by the enormous previous Single. So make the most of it...



1987...he decides to revisit here the Easybeats title dating from 1966 and even if his version will not quite equal the level of success achieved by the original it is far from unworthy in any case...



1987...a second part of 1987 which will not prove to be as fruitful as the first part. But nothing worrying at this stage concerning him anyway...



1987...the success of the titles is moderate to say the least but there is success whatever and that is above all the essential thing...



1989...little air hole during 1988 but it's to better come back in this year 1989. Back in a more than certain form which allows him to come back in the race in an impressive way...



1989...this title will go a little more unnoticed but it will still get people talking about it, which is already quite a lot. We will be largely satisfied with it in any case...



1989...this one on the other hand will go completely under the radar. Not all of his titles can finish No.1 in the Charts, that's clear...



1990...the 80s established him as one of the most gifted artists of his generation. It remains to be seen what the 90s have in store for him...



1990...for now everything is going well in the best of all possible worlds. Here he signs a new mega hit which adds a new prestigious star to a list which already has a few !



1990...another sequel which will be incapable of competing with the enormous title which preceded it but it was once again an almost impossible mission...



1990...it's been more than 10 years since the singer has been playing in the leading pack and he doesn't seem to have decided yet to let go at first glance...



1992...and a new global mega hit, one ! The artist continues to fly on his little cloud and nothing, and no one, seems able for the moment to bring him down...



1992...on the other hand it could be that this title marks the breaking point between the prosperous years and the less prosperous years. This had to happen...



1992...it must be said that the musical world has evolved considerably around him without him really realizing it. Hence this beginning of stalling...



1992...despite a more than certain title quality, this title will have to be content with a level of success limited exclusively to England. Incomprehensible to say the least...



1994...from now on success will not go beyond England and the singer will have to live with it. But given the number of successes already collected, everything that will come now is just a bonus...



1994...an adventure which will continue but far from the rhinestones and sequins. Afterwards, as long as the artist continues to enjoy what he does, why worry more than that...



1995...we are far, very far from what he proposed before. A change in sound that is surprising to say the least but very real...



1997...he returned to a sound already more in line with what he had been offering up until then. What is also certain is that his albums continue to sell well, which allows him to save the essentials...



1997...albums which continue to sell around the world unlike Singles. The essential is therefore preserved...



1997...the singer reaches 30 years of career, which is no small thing. An adventure that lasts, which lasts, which lasts and which is far from over...



1999...he retains this undeniable advantage of seeing each new opus be classified in the Charts, which greatly facilitates the continuation of the adventure...



1999...his core fan base remains impressive and shows that they continue to follow him album after album, decade after decade...



2001...and one more decade, one ! A career longevity that is exceptional to say the least, a longevity that we only find among the most gifted of each generation as always...



2004...knowing that he has not yet said his last word or rather sung his last song. He still has some left under the pedal, that's for sure...



2004...and as long as he continues like this, he's definitely enjoying it. Who would dare in these conditions to tell him that a little sound evolution would not harm, on the contrary ? No one necessarily...



2006...it is clear that Blues is not very trendy during the 2000s but he pays absolutely no attention to it. He only does what he pleases and that's it...



2006...afterwards if his albums continue to work like that it is because the basic fans have more or less the same musical tastes as him obviously...



2006...so we imagine that it will be like this until the end. It's not now that we're going to remake him or make him change its style in a radical way, to say the least...



2006...it's surprising how the second parts of a career often have nothing to do with the first parts of all the artists who have stood the test of time...



2007...they often go down musical paths that no longer have much to do with what they offered before. And often much less commercial routes...



2007...we will therefore deduce that the first parts of a career are dictated by performance and success at all costs and the second parts by much more philosophical considerations...



2008...he crossed the 40-year career mark here, a remarkable feat to say the least. Who could have imagined this when he started his career in 1968, not many people that's for sure...



2008...what he doesn't know at this time is that he only has 3 years left to live. A disappearance that will come far too soon...



2021...a posthumous album which allows us to continue to keep the legend alive. Music is immortal even if the person who composed it is no longer in this world...



2021...a magnificent adventure which ends with this title, or so we imagine. Because who knows if new unpublished material won't come out later...


 

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