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Rory Gallagher

Rory Gallagher – Rory Gallagher (50th Anniversary Edition 3LP)


50th anniversary of Rory Gallagher’s eponymous debut solo album from 1971. The debut 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 10 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 Eric Clapton, 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 cited him as an influence. Rory remains a touchstone for all would-be guitar heroes in the 21st Century.

The 3LP Edition features highlights from the Deluxe Box and contains a brand new mix of the original album plus 18 unreleased alternate take bonus tracks.


3LP Tracklisting:

Side A
Laundromat – (2021 Remix & Remaster)
Just The Smile – (2021 Remix & Remaster)
I Fall Apart – (2021 Remix & Remaster)
Wave Myself Goodbye – (2021 Remix & Remaster)
Hands Up – (2021 Remix & Remaster)

Side B
Sinner Boy – (2021 Remix & Remaster)
For The Last Time – (2021 Remix & Remaster)
It’s You – (2021 Remix & Remaster)
I’m Not Surprised – (2021 Remix & Remaster)
Can’t Believe It’s True – (2021 Remix & Remaster)

Side C
Gypsy Woman – Tangerine Studio Session
It Takes Time – Tangerine Studio Session
I Fall Apart – Tangerine Studio Session
At The Bottom – Alternate Take 3
At The Bottom – Alternate Take 4
Advision Jam

Side D
Laundromat – Alternate Take 1
Just The Smile – Alternate Take 1
Wave Myself Goodbye – Alternate Take 2
Hands Up – Alternate Take 2

Side E
Sinner Boy – Alternate Take 3
For The Last Time – Alternate Take 1
It’s You – Alternate Take 2
I’m Not Surprised – Alternate Take 1

Side F
For The Last Time – Live On BBC “Sounds Of The Seventies” / 1971
Laundromat – Live On BBC “Sounds Of The Seventies” / 1971
It Takes Time – Live On BBC “Sounds Of The Seventies” / 1971
I Fall Apart – Live On BBC “Sounds Of The Seventies” / 1971


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