SKID ROW

Proto-Metal • Ireland
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Skid Row was a Dublin blues-rock band of the late 1960s and early 1970s fronted by Brendan "Brush" Shiels (born 1952 in Dublin, Ireland). It was guitarist Gary Moore's first professional band.

The band was formed in 1967, comprising Brendan 'Brush' Shiels on bass guitar, Noel 'Nollaig' Bridgeman (currently with Van Morrison) on drums (born 1947, in Dublin), Bernard 'Bernie' Cheevers on lead guitar (born 1949, in Dublin), and Phil Lynott on vocals for a short period (although the liner notes to the 1990 Skid Row CD from Castle Communications state that Cheevers played drums and had temporarily replaced original drummer Bridgeman). Cheevers was replaced by the 16-year-old Gary Moore in 1969, and the band recorded a single, "New Places, Old Faces" / "Misdemeanour Dream Felicity", for the Irish 'Song Records' label (the only released recording of Lynott with Skid Row). Later that year Shiels dropped Lynott from the line-up, converting
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Friday Music 2019
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Skid RowSkid Row
Rhino Atlantic 498 1989
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40 SEASONS - THE BEST OF SKID ROW40 SEASONS - THE BEST OF SKID ROW
Atlantic Catalog Group 2007
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Slave to the GrindSlave to the Grind
Warner 1991
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Atlantic 1992
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Beat Goes on 2017
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40 Seasons: The Best Of Skid Row40 Seasons: The Best Of Skid Row
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SKID ROW Skid album cover 3.42 | 2 ratings
Skid
Proto-Metal 1970
SKID ROW 34 Hours album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
34 Hours
Proto-Metal 1971
SKID ROW Gary Moore / Brush Shiels / Noel Bridgeman album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gary Moore / Brush Shiels / Noel Bridgeman
Proto-Metal 1990

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SKID ROW Alive And Kicking album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Alive And Kicking
Proto-Metal 1976

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Skid Row
Proto-Metal 1970
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Live And On Song
Proto-Metal 2006
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Skid Row / 34 Hours
Proto-Metal 2006

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Saturday Mornung Man / Mervyn Aldridge
Proto-Metal 1969
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New Places, Old Faces / Misdemeanour Dream Felicity
Proto-Metal 1969
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Saturday Morning Man
Proto-Metal 1969
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New Places Old Faces
Proto-Metal 1969
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Sandy's Gone
Proto-Metal 1970
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Sandie's Gone Part 1 / Sandie's Gone Part 2
Proto-Metal 1970
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Night Of The Warm Witch / Mr. De-Luxe
Proto-Metal 1971
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Night Of The Warm Witch
Proto-Metal 1971
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Living One Day At A Time / Girl From Dublin
Proto-Metal 1972
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Dublin City Girls / Slow Down
Proto-Metal 1973
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Dublin City Girls
Proto-Metal 1973
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Spanish Lady
Proto-Metal 1975
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The Spanish Lady / Elvira
Proto-Metal 1975
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Mr. Diablo / Bring Them Back Alive
Proto-Metal 1989

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SKID ROW Skid

Album · 1970 · Proto-Metal
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Horrendously messy opening to this album from Ireland's finest guitarist, Gary Moore, at the tender age of 17, with a 1959 Les Paul guitar inherited from Mr Peter Green himself.

There's nothing wrong with Gary's playing here - it's as top notch as you'd expect - or maybe more so, given that this is is debut recording outing. It's just that his fellow band members have real trouble keeping up with the young virtuoso at first - or maybe Gary is a little over-enthusiastic - it's hard to tell.

Despite writing the opening piece, Mad Dog Woman, Brendan Shiels seems to lurch along a fraction of a beat behind the whole way though, and Noel Bridgeman really struggles with the drumming.

That said, this is a band right at the forefront of what they were attempting, and recording above their own abilities - so full kudos are awarded. This song is a real technical challenge, despite sounding like an adaptation of "Hard to Handle" - and the brightest light of all is that glorious, incandescent guitar tone that bobs along over the top of it all from Mr Moore.

The piece jumps around crazily, fully maintaining the interest, once you've got over the ragged looseness of it all, and Moore's fills continue to delight - one can only applaud Shiels ability to play the same line on the bass without dropping too many notes. Listen to the twist at the end, then pick your jaw up from the floor.

This style is continued into Virgo's Daughter, Moore and Shiels playing a couple of octaves apart, before separating for some astonishing craziness that rivals anything Hendrix ever achieved - Moore's playing is instinctive and wild, yet in total control. A joy to behold.

Again, we are treated to crazy changes in tempo, time sig and key, with some beautiful details, a tasty build up, and some quite irritating, droning vocals... never mind, we can't have it all. Hang on in there for Moore's supremely melodic solo utilising modes in an extremely tasteful manner. Then there's a really cool synchronised passage leading to something that sounds like a tribal Celtic version of early Wishbone Ash.

Another masterful composition from Sheils, over too soon. Or is it? There's another odd surprise bolted on at the end!

A complete change of style follows, some incredible finger picking (and overdubs) from Moore, drawing on a wide range of styles, evoking Arlo Guthrie, Paul Simon, and some of the Country greats. Not my favourite song, and completely non-metallic, but "Heading Home" is tight as you like, in contrast to the ragged performances that preceeded it.

In keeping with the other pieces, there's a surprise at the end, Moore duelling with himself.

Next, "An Awful Lot Of Woman" is a return to the earlier style, but it's like the band have got into the swing of it, and this is a much, much tighter piece, with some uplifting changes and the guitar fireworks we all associate with Gary Moore of the frenetic, fretburning variety - makes my fingers bleed just listening to it. Sheils keeps up much better here - and I can only wonder how.

A complete change of pace to a Zeppelin-esque slow blues - er, hang on, when was this released again? Reminds me a bit of Dazed and Confused, whoever released first. I could care less for the precedent, because this isn't Jimmy Page we're listening to, and we really know it. Moore's authoritative and unique style is stamped all over this piece, as the others, and it reigns supreme. The guitar solo section is INTENSE.

Back to the speedy stuff in "For Those Who Do", and, if crazy tempo shifts, with plenty of ultra-virtuosic shredding are your thing, then this is for you.

I won't go into the last 3 songs, as this kind of song-by-song thing can get dry pretty quickly, but it's all top-quality stuff.

Not really metallic, so not essential for your metal collection, but if you like a good guitarist - no, if you get excited by a GREAT guitarist, then this is missing from your collection if you don't own it already.

If long guitar solos and virtuosity turns you off, this is still worth a listen, as the excitement Moore generates is infectious - and might turn you into a solo freak yet!

An easily deserved 3 and a half stars.



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