VINNIE MOORE — Mind's Eye

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Album · 1986

Tracklist

1. In Control (4:38)
2. Daydream (4:31)
3. Saved By A Miracle (5:20)
4. Hero Without Honor (7:18)
5. Lifeforce (4:01)
6. N.N.Y. (3:43)
7. Mind's Eye (3:28)
8. Shadows Of Yesterday (4:35)
9. The Journey (5:25)

Total Time 42:59

Line-up/Musicians

- Vinnie Moore / guitars
- Andy West / bass
- Tommy Aldridge / drums
- Tony MacAlpine / keyboards

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1986
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Aside from perhaps Watchtower, this was the most technical, progressive, and impressive display of musicianship in metal as of 1986. Sure there were other guitar gods – Malmsteen, MacAlpine, to name a couple – and any one of them could be considered “the best.” Vinnie Moore could absolutely compete with the big names in terms of pure technical skill. However, Moore had two qualities that most guitar shredders lack.

First of all, Moore is not just a soloist – he is a brilliant songwriter. As far as instrumental metal goes, Moore doesn’t write songs that sound like no more than a showcase for his talent; they are complete compositions, entertaining throughout, memorable, sometimes catchy, sometimes evocative. I haven’t quite figured out why yet, but I do prefer my music to have vocals, and usually instrumental music feels like it’s missing something to me. Mind’s Eye does not. It is fully realized material that stands on its own.

Second of all, the backing band. This might as well be a supergroup – MacAlpine himself is on keys, just as proficiently filling the role as he does shredding solo – but every member is very, very skilled. Moore is obviously the bandleader, but he does not outshine the other members. They keep up, they are given moments to shine, and they constantly add unique elements under the masterful guitar playing. Not only are there no songs less than great, but there are really no moments less than great, as there is always so much going on in every given moment.

Unfortunately, it does have a ceiling. Instrumental virtuoso metal might not get better than this, but that style is still a limited, niche style best in small doses.

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