Grinding Stone (album)

Grinding Stone is the only album by The Gary Moore Band. Released in 1973, it was recorded between Moore's leaving Skid Row and joining Thin Lizzy.

Grinding Stone
Grinding Stone (album cover).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1973
GenreBlues-rock, hard rock, progressive rock
ProducerMartin Birch
The Gary Moore Band chronology
Grinding Stone
Back on the Streets
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Classic Rock2/5 stars[2]

It contains a mixture of styles that differ from his later solo work. Moore did not release another solo album until 1978's Back on the Streets.


Moore put the band together after leaving the group Skid Row, signing to CBS Records. At the time, Moore was unsure about which direction he wanted to take his music in, and consequently the album features a variety of styles.[2] These included the title track's blues shuffle, double-tracked lead guitars on "Time To Heal" and "Spirit", Latin rhythms reminiscent of Santana, and slide guitar on "Boogie My Way Back Home".[2][3] Keyboardist Jan Schelhaas guested on the album, as did Irish guitarist Philip Donnelly.[1]

Moore split up the band so he could join Thin Lizzy as a replacement for Eric Bell. Drummer Pearse Kelly briefly covered for Thin Lizzy's Brian Downey while the latter was ill.[4][5] He would revisit some of the jazz fusion styles explored on the album with the group Colosseum II.[1]


The album was favourably reviewed by Billboard, who thought "Sail Across the Mountain" was its strongest track.[6] It was not commercially successful, and did not chart. Moore would not release another album under his own name until Back on the Streets five years later, after several years in Colosseum II and another stint in Thin Lizzy.[2]

A retrospective review in AllMusic was mixed, saying that while the eclectic and varied styles were interesting, it was not Moore's best album. However, the reviewer felt the album helped explain Moore's change in styles between Skid Row and Colosseum II, and concluded that it was an overlooked album in his solo career.[1]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Gary Moore.

Side One
1."Grinding Stone" (instrumental)9:42
2."Time to Heal"6:22
3."Sail Across the Mountain"6:59
Side Two
4."The Energy Dance" (instrumental)2:29
6."Boogie My Way Back Home"5:38


The Gary Moore Band
  • Gary Moore – lead guitar, vocals
  • John Curtis – bass guitar
  • Pearse Kelly – drums, percussion
Additional musicians


  1. ^ a b c d Lovén, Lars. Grinding Stone at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b c d Fielder, Hugh (October 2017). "The Gary Moore Band - Grinding Stone". Classic Rock. No. 241. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  3. ^ "The Gary Moore Band - Grinding Stone". Record Collector. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Irish rock guitarist Gary Moore: an obituary". BBC News. 7 February 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  5. ^ Bryne, Alan (2006). Thin Lizzy. SAF Publishing Ltd. pp. 60–61. ISBN 978-0-946-71981-5.
  6. ^ "Billboard's Recommends LPs". Billboard. 14 December 1974. p. 30. Retrieved 31 August 2020.