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Rory Gallagher: I Wonder Who

Read "Rory Gallagher: I Wonder Who" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The blues was always close to Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher's heart. He covered tunes by Lead Belly, Big Bill Broonzy, Melvin Jackson, Otis Rush, Blind Boy Fuller, Rosco Gordon, Bo Carter, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Son House. He also recorded with Muddy Waters, Albert King and Albert Collins. This Muddy Waters song from the million-selling live album Irish Tour '74 (Polydor, 1974) finds Gallagher in the sort of blistering form that made him an inspiration to the likes of Brian ...

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Rory Gallagher: All Around Man: Live In London

Read "All Around Man: Live In London" reviewed by Doug Collette

To the uninitiated, Rory Gallagher's All Around Man -Live in London may appear to be nothing more than a routine live release from the late Irish bluesman's archive. Even to fans who take only a cursory glance at the title and its contents, it could well seem to be a somewhat desultory effort in the wake of the deluxe anniversary box sets, the eponymous solo debut Rory Gallagher: 50th Anniversary Edition Box Set (Universal Music Enterprises, 2021) and Deuce: 50th ...

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Rory Gallagher: Deuce: 50th Anniversary Edition

Read "Deuce: 50th Anniversary Edition" reviewed by Doug Collette

Since Rory Gallagher's untimely passing in 1995, there have been more than a few posthumous audio and video packages devoted to the prolific output of the late bluesman. And while most of them, supervised by family members as is this one, have been both historically exacting and passionate in devotion to their subject, none are more so than this Deuce: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of the man's second solo album. With its nine and a half inch square ...

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Rory Gallagher: Rory Gallagher: 50th Anniversary Edition Box Set

Read "Rory Gallagher: 50th Anniversary Edition Box Set" reviewed by Doug Collette

The 50th Anniversary Edition box set of Rory Gallagher's eponymous solo debut is an elaborate expansion upon the virtues at the heart of that 1971 record. In fact, as with brother Donal's prose recount of the album's history, each component of content enclosed in the glossy slipcase--its simple but striking graphic design itself replicating that of the record's original cover--illuminates the process of preparing, recording and promoting the record. As such, this classy, handsome package contains everything a fan would ...

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Rory Gallagher: Check Shirt Wizard: Live in '77

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Check Shirt Wizard: Live in 1977 is yet another in a lengthy string of posthumous archival work devoted to Irish guitarist and songwriter Rory Gallagher. Like virtually all its predecessors in both audio and video configurations, including Live at Montreux (Eagle, 2006) and Notes From San Francisco (Eagle/Legacy, 2011), this double CD set (also available as three vinyl LPs with similarly variegated artwork, action photos and replications of press testimonials of the time) not only does justice to, but enhances ...

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Rory Gallagher: Blues - Deluxe Edition

Read "Blues - Deluxe Edition" reviewed by Doug Collette

The Chess Records logo appears prominently on the cover of Rory Gallagher's Blues, seemingly a mere cosmetic touch, but in fact a telling facet of the graphic design adorning this handsome three-CD set that underscores the authenticity of the music inside. The glossy fold-out insert inside the slipcase of this Deluxe Edition also hearkens to the missionary zeal with which the sibling founders of Chess Records imbued that seminal label, its imprint the home of artists like Buddy Guy and ...

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Kickback City: Deluxe Edition

Read "Kickback City: Deluxe Edition" reviewed by Doug Collette

Kickback City Ian Rankin/Tim Truman/Rory Gallagher 40 Pages ISBN: B019GLERXO Eagle Rock 2016 Notwithstanding titles such as “Deluxe Edition" of Irish Tour '74 (Legacy Recordings, 2014)or the almost equally splendid archiving that is Notes From San Francisco (Eagle Rock, 2011), Kickback City Deluxe Edition is the most distinctive entry in Rory Gallagher's discography. Two collections of studio and concert tracks highlight the detective mystery theme running through Gallagher's later original material, all of ...


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