Rory Gallagher - Rory Gallagher (50th Anniversary) 2CD/3LP
50th anniversary of Rory Gallagher’s eponymous debut solo album from 1971. The album features some of the most beloved Rory songs such as I Fall Apart, Laundromat and Just the Smile.
While reviewing numerous tapes during the 2021 mixing sessions, two songs were added to the collection: the previously unreleased At the Bottom, a track Rory ended up re-recording for his 1975 "Against The Grain" album, plus Advision Jam, a rocking instrumental.
The recording saw Rory Gallagher on guitar and lead vocals as well as alto sax, harmonica and mandolin, Gerry McAvoy on bass and Wilgar Campbell on drums. Atomic Rooster's Vincent Crane plays piano on two out of the ten songs on the album, Wave Myself Goodbye and I'm Not Surprised.
Rory had not played live since his previous band Taste disbanded on October 24, 1970. When Rory's eponymous solo album was released in May 1971, he embarked on a 16-date UK tour that included 10 days touring Ireland and a short jaunt in Switzerland.
Recorded at the legendary Advision Studios in Fitzrovia, London, Rory's eponymous debut album showcases the Irish guitarist as a multi-faceted interpreter of the blues with a cross-section of the blues from acoustic to heavy blues soul. Advision was one of the hottest recording studios in the '60s and '70s, and home of classic albums recorded by The Yardbirds, The Who, The Move, T. Rex, David Bowie, Kate Bush, Elton John, Slade, Gentle Giant, Gerry Rafferty, and many more.
If ever there was a "musician's musician," then that accolade belongs to Rory Gallagher. Renowned for his blistering live performances and highly respected for his dedication to his craft, he died in 1995, aged just 47.
Rory's timeless reputation has continued to flourish in the years since. Indeed, some of rock's most seminal figures, from Jimi Hendrix to Joe Satriani to Joe Bonamassa, Queen's Brian May to The Smiths' Johnny Marr, Slash of Guns N' Roses to the Edge of U2, have all cited him as an influence.
Rory remains a touchstone for all would-be guitar heroes in the 21st Century.
2. Just the Smile
3. I Fall Apart
4. Wave Myself Goodbye
5. Hands Up
6. Sinner Boy
7. For the Last Time
8. It's You
9. I'm Not Surprised
10. Can't Believe It's True
11. Gypsy Woman (Tangerine Studio Version)
12. It Takes Time (Tangerine Studio Version)
13. I Fall Apart (Tangerine Studio Version)
14. At The Bottom (Alternate Take 3)
15. At The Bottom (Alternate Take 4)
16. Advision Jam
17. Laundromat (Alternate Take 1)
18. Just the Smile (Alternate Take 1)
19. Wave Myself Goodbye (Alternate Take 2)
20. I'm Not Surprised (Alternate Take 1)
21. For the Last Time (Live on BBC “Sounds of the Seventies” / 1971)
22. Laundromat (Live on BBC “Sounds of the Seventies” / 1971)
23. It Takes Time (Live on BBC “Sounds of the Seventies” / 1971)
24. I Fall Apart (Live on BBC “Sounds of the Seventies” / 1971)
About this product: this is available on 2CD and 3LP formats.
The 3LP is a remaster/reissue pressing on 3x 180g black vinyl. Includes a booklet of essays, photography and rare paraphernalia.