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Album Review

Who's faster: Yngwie Malmsteen or Vinnie Moore? That was the question back in 1986 when this recording was released. An obvious clone of Malmsteen, Moore burst upon the scene proving that, yes, someone else could play "that fast too." The problem with Mind's Eye and the subsequent genre of shredding that followed was that it became stagnant. Malmsteen turned heads from all musical styles because of his technical proficiency back in the early '80s, but those same heads quickly turned away to find out that there was little more being offered than really fast scales. The speed alone was not enough to hold many rock or fusion fans' interests for very long, as each guitarist seemed to be playing the same ideas, just at faster speeds. Without being too hard on Moore, he is one of the more interesting of the shredders and has one of the cleaner sounds. Ironically, Tony Macalpine is the keyboardist here and would soon emerge with an identical sound to Moore's. The better moments here are on the more aggressive numbers such as "In Control" and "Saved by a Miracle," with the latter containing a decent drum solo by the underrated Tommy Aldridge and a fine acoustic introduction by Moore. Mind's Eye is a classic in the shredder community, but rates as just a display of technical ability to the casual listener.

Customer Reviews


Some say he copied Yngwie? Yngwie was just the first to get marketed. I have seen and/or met manny of the original greats live like Yngwie, Eric Johnson, Via, Mac Alpine, Uli Roth, Satriani, Paul Gilbert, Kotzen and so on... but there was something about Vinnie's note selection, technique and articulation that stuck in my mind. I would say he was a machine but his feeling made it real. There are manny great ones out there and Vinnie needs to be recognized as one. I played this album (thats those big plastic disks) to destruction learning and developing myself, thanks for the inspiration.

iTunes knows nothing about music structure!

Vinnie Moore is a great guitarist and MIND'S EYE is the album that put him on the map. The iTunes review of this album is insane. There's more to Malmsteen and Moore than speed. Yes, they are both ultra-technical players, but they both have a great sense of melody and they know how to structure a rockin', neo-classical instrumental. Moore's album is not as dark as Malmsteen's work 'cause it's a little more modal and less harmonic minor. Moore gets into a jazzy, fusion world a bit too. Anyway, MIND'S EYE is a great album that stands the test of time, just as Mozart or any of the greats do. In closing, MIND'S EYE will inspire or 'cause you to use your guitar as a coffee table. It'll be one or the other!

One of the best from the shred gods...

Vinnie Moore has always been one of the best of the Shred Gods! Unlike most of the albums in the genre which feature songs that are simply showcases for extended solos Mind's Eye has good songs with memorable melodies along with an incredible vituousity on the guitar. This is one of the best albums from the Shred era.


Born: 1965 in Newcastle, DE

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Vinnie Moore is one of the most influencial and important guitarists to emerge out of the virtuoso boom in the mid to late eighties. Boasting six studio albums as of 2001, he is one of the most recognizable artists on the Shrapnel record label. Beginning his career at the tender age of 12, Moore played clubs and bars until Shrapnel big wig Mike Varney discovered him through a magazine article. His connection with Varney led to a Pepsi commercial in 1985, which gave him enough recognition to record...
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