Eric Moore and The Godz
Twenty Five Moore Years
Released: 2003, Outlaw
This is how a 2CD retrospect should be assembled! Eric Moore has had a long, long career tragically sliding under the radar of many metal-heads. However, true to the boozy southern bar-room rock philosophy, the band continued on and on and on until now, a quarter century later we get a excellent and fitting tribute to what amounts to a rock legend, albeit a very underground legend.
The cover is a bit dull but we get a 14 page booklet that is fully informative with a long and interesting historical essay, a forward, over 50 photos with full credits, liner notes and credits, and track by track liners notes for the bonus disc.
Disc one has 15 cuts picked form his sporadic and largely uneventful recording career; three songs from the debut in 1978, three songs from the second album in 1979, six tracks from his best selling CD, 1987’s Mongolian and three new tracks from 2003. Disc Two has a whole mess of cool rare material, live stuff, demo’s an interview amounting to a dozen tracks worth. Any comp that has 15 unreleased tracks get high marks from me for providing great value to collectors and fans. A lot of heart went into this package.
Like most compilations only this serves a good purpose in re-introducing this rock character to a younger audience, bringing this vinyl-era veteran into the CD age and preserving a slice of rock history.
By now people who have never heard of Eric Moore are wondering if I am actually going to describe who the hell is Eric Moore, who were The Godz, and what does he sound like. Well, I’ll let you read the essay to explain his history but suffice to say that fans of Motorhead, Kiss, The Rods, and Aerosmith will delight in this 70’s style melodic metal, biker band. I have no doubt that an entire host of bands like Little Caeser, The Four Horsemen, Circus of Power, Tesla, Tora Tora, Tangier, Salty Dog, Agony Column, Copperhead, American Dog and a dozen more, owe Eric Moore some small debt of gratitude.