(7/10) Vinnie Moore belongs to the golden generation of shred guitarists from the eighties. The first time I heard the sixstringer was on Vicious Rumors' "Soldiers of the Night" which he enriched with is guitar play. But very soon Moore started to release solo records which had a focus on his guitar, meaning, it has been instrumental records. It has been the times when Shrapnel Records brought quite some of those sensational shred guitarists into the spotlight. It has been the days of Tony McAlpine, Racer X, Marty Friedman, and so on.
OK, I agree. Those days are over which doesn't mean that releases of those guys aren't good anymore. Vinnie Moore is having a new record out in the shops in a few days. "Aerial Visions" is his eighth output and it's full of well done instrumentals.
Vinnie Moore worked two years on this record that includes with "La Grange" from ZZ Top also a cover version. The song is damn cool anyhow, but Vinnie Moore's version give the iconic track a slightly different touch even though the axeman sticks very much to the original. However, not having Billy Gibbons' typical vocals included makes this version already to a special one.
The other songs don't have to stand back. It might be that the totally wild days are over and "Aerial Visions" is more linked to UFO's sound. However, tracks like the galloping "Mustang Shuffle" or the more silent "Looking Back" show the great technic of Vinnie Moore. And also the finale furioso called "A Million Miles Gone" is a highlight some other guitarists would love to write and record.
- Mustang Shuffle
- Now's the Time
- La Grange
- Looking Back
- Aerial Vision
- A Dark Dream
- Calling Out
- A Million Miles Gone
Label: Mind's Eye Music
Genre: Classic Rock
Release Date EU: October 23rd, 2015