Before the last two at the top – Short Summary Top 40 – 2

Before we enter the top-2… short summary of the tracks on places 40 – 2 (with links to albums available on Spotify):

3 Toto – The Seventh One
4 Sixx A.M – Heroin Diaries
5 Hoobastank – The Reason
6 Jellyfish – Bellybutton
7 U2 – Joshua Tree
8 Babyface – Unplugged NYC 1997
9 Phenomena – Phenomena I
10 Sara Isaksson – Red Eden
11 AC/DC – Back In Black
12 Michael Jackson – Bad
13 Blacknuss – Gold
14 Mötley Crüe – Shout at the Devil
15 Coldplay – Viva La Vida or Death and all his friends
16 Gary Moore – Wild Frontier
17 Stephen Simmonds – For Father
18 Ratt – Out Of The Cellar
19 Aldo Nova – Twitch
20 Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against The Machine
21 Dire Straits – On every street (Special mention Brothers in arms)
22 The Fray – The Fray
23 Metallica – Metallica
24 Adele – 21
25 Top Gun – Motion Picture Soundtrack
26 David Foster
27 Nirvana – Nevermind
28 Peter Gabriel – So
29 Abba – The Album
30 Robert Plant / Alison Krauss – Raising Sand
31 Johnny Hates Jazz – Turn Back The Clock
32 Bruce Hornsby – The Way It is
33 Level 42 – Running in the family
34 Chicago – Chicago 17
35 Marc Cohn – Marc Cohn
36 Richard Marx – Richard Marx
37 Gun’s n Roses – Apetite for Destruction
38 Europe – Wings of Tomorrow
39 Saga – Wildest Dreams
40 Elvis Presley – G.I Blues

Best album of all times – Number 16

© Pedro Hansson - Wild Frontier - Picture taken at Chinese Wall 2007
© Pedro Hansson – Wild Frontier – Photo taken at Chinese Wall 2007

Best album of all times – Number 16: Gary Moore – Wild Frontier

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Gary Moore (1952-2011), is probably one of the “all greatest guitarists so far”. Maybe not always the fastest, but the combination technical skills, incredible melodies and a 6:th sense to catch an atmosphere has brought him to the absolute top.

As I wrote in the first post in this series – The Best Album of All Times – I will only post one album per artist and I guess that Gary Moore could hold more places than one. The hard part is to choose between the three of them Wild Frontier, After the war and Run for Cover.

In my opinion Wild Frontier is the best when it come to a complete album without any big dips, and oh’boy this album is on the safe side all the way. The difference between this album and the earlier ones are obvious but an interesting detail is the use of a drum machine instead of a human drummer.

The album kicks off with the famous “Over The Hills And Far Away” (later covered by many others for example Nightwish), followed up by the title song “Wild Frontier”. These both songs marks perfectly the change in Gary Moores style after the previous mentioned albums. The Heavy Metal is more popilicious, and the overall sound more friendly.

It continues with “Take A Little Time”. Still a really good song, but a bit after the first two tracks. In my opinion this track get’s a little bit to flirty with the new style and the chorus isn’t  far away from many other Dance-tracks.

The Loner is a true epic track with Moore showing of his rare sensitivity in creating emotions / feelings with a guitar. An awesome track!

The weakest part of this album may be the start of “Friday On My Mind”, and it doesn’t really kick off completely, but still is an okay track.

Strangers In The Darkness is a track that may be influenced by Billy Idol (?). The atmosphere, and even more, the vocals are pretty close.

Thunder Rising; a track with a heavy guitar adrenaline stamina that runs almost through the whole song, a punchy chorus and after approx 3:30 a guitar that almost sounds like a bagpipe.

Johnny Boy; a sad track with beautiful melodies dedicated to his friend Phil Lynnot that passed away 1986.

Don’t miss the last track (since it’s hidden behind a second version of “Over the hills and far away”). I’m not really sure how to comment on this track. This track is really different from the others. Some West Coast influences (?), some pop and a bit of a 70’s sound at the same time. In short, Great track! Don’t miss!

If you want to explore more songs from his previous albums I suggest:

After The War
Led Clones (With Ozzy Osbourne on Vocals)
Military Man
Empty Rooms
Out in the fields

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