Wild Frontier

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Wild Frontier
Studio album by
Released9 March 1987
GenreHard rock, heavy metal
Length56:09
Label10/Virgin
ProducerPeter Collins, Pete Smith, James "Jimbo" Barton and Gary Moore
Gary Moore chronology
'Run for Cover
(1985)
Wild Frontier 'After the War
(1989)
Singles from Wild Frontier
  1. "Over the Hills and Far Away"
    Released: December 1986
  2. "Wild Frontier"
    Released: February 1987
  3. "Friday on My Mind"
    Released: 1987
  4. "The Loner"
    Released: 1987
  5. "Take a Little Time"
    Released: November 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal4/10[2]

Wild Frontier is the sixth solo studio album by Irish guitarist Gary Moore, released in 1987. His first studio effort after a trip back to his native Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1985. The album contains several songs about Ireland and even the music itself is steeped in Celtic roots. The album is dedicated to the memory of Moore's close friend and former Thin Lizzy bandmate Phil Lynott, who died on 4 January 1986, with the words "For Philip" on the rear cover.

Wild Frontier contains the hit single "Over the Hills and Far Away", which reached No. 20 in the UK,[3] as well as a cover of the Easybeats' song "Friday on My Mind". The Max Middleton-penned "The Loner" which was originally recorded by Cozy Powell for his Over the Top album in 1979 (on which Moore performed, but not on Powell's recording of "The Loner"). The track was substantially altered by Moore for his own recording, that is why he is credited as a co-writer.

All drums on Wild Frontier are sequenced with a drum machine, although the programming is uncredited in the liner notes of the album. Future Toto drummer Simon Phillips would appear on the music video for "Over the Hills and Far Away," as well in early promotions for the album. He would be replaced by former Black Sabbath drummer Eric Singer for the tour, before leaving shortly afterwards to form Badlands.

"Over the Hills and Far Away" was covered by the Finnish symphonic power metal band Nightwish on their 2001 EP of the same title, and by Swedish viking metal band Thyrfing on their album Urkraft. The Spanish band Saurom also recorded a cover of this song with alternative lyrics, titled "La Disolución de la Comunidad".

Track listing[change | change source]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Over the Hills and Far Away"   5:20
2. "Wild Frontier"   4:14
3. "Take a Little Time"   4:05
4. "The Loner" (instrumental, originally recorded by Cozy Powell) 5:54
Side two
No. Title Length
5. "Friday on My Mind" (The Easybeats cover) 4:11
6. "Strangers in the Darkness"   4:38
7. "Thunder Rising"   5:43
8. "Johnny Boy"   3:15
CD release
No. Title Length
1. "Over the Hills and Far Away"   5:20
2. "Wild Frontier"   4:14
3. "Take a Little Time"   4:05
4. "The Loner"   5:54
5. "Friday on My Mind"   4:11
6. "Strangers in the Darkness"   4:38
7. "Thunder Rising"   5:43
8. "Johnny Boy"   3:15
9. "Over the Hills and Far Away" (12” version) 7:26
10. "Wild Frontier" (12” version) 6:38
11. "Crying in the Shadows"   5:01

Personnel[change | change source]

Production
  • Peter Collins – producer on tracks 1, 2, 4, 9, 10 and 12
  • Pete Smith – producer on tracks 3 and 6
  • James "Jimbo" Barton – producer on tracks 5, 7, 8 and 13, engineer on tracks 1 and 2, mixing on tracks 3 and 6
  • Chris Porter – engineer on tracks 2 and 4
  • Mike Stone – producer on track 11
  • Nigel Walker – producer on track 14

Certifications[change | change source]

Country Organization Year Sales
UK BPI 1987 Silver (+ 60,000)[4]
Sweden IFPI Sweden 1987 Platinum (+ 30,000)[5]
Finland IFPI Finland 1987 Gold (+ 25,000)[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. Rivadavia, Eduardo. Wild Frontier at AllMusic
  2. Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 230. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5.
  3. "Gary Moore Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  4. "BPI Awards Database: Search for Gary Moore". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  5. IFPI Sweden – Gold & Platinum 1987–1998 (pdf) Archived 21 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  6. Album Certification Awards (Finland) – Gary Moore