While in the pantheon of guitar superheroes in his native U.K., Gary Moore--like his idol Peter Green of early Fleetwood Mac fame--has found stateside fame elusive in his four decades of shredding. This new reissue could go a long way toward reestablishing some cult cred for Moore in the U.S. SKID ROW/34 HOURS collects the first two records from his original band, Skid Row (not to be confused with the hair metal band of the same name), for the first time on one disc.
Both records are digitally remastered and reveal a smoking power-blues trio with jazzy flourishes and serious chops. Originally released in 1970, SKID ROW finds Moore, bassist Brush Shiels, and drummer Noel Bridgeman recovering from the departure of original singer Phil Lynott--of Thin Lizzy fame--and establishing their progressive blues rock recipe. 34 HOURS masters their sound and features jammier, more expansive odysseys such as "Night of the Warm Witch." Skid Row was short-lived--as Moore went on to join Thin Lizzy as second lead guitarist--but these records remain a high-water mark for early '70s British blues.