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Friday, February 10, 2012

Sony Music in association with Capo Records and Legacy re-issue of Rory Gallagher's first Solo Recording - Review

Well, I've got them! The re issue recordings by Rory Gallagher and I'm going to review them like they're new as many readers weren't alive when these were cut and the music is as fresh today as it was when cut in 1971. After releasing two critically acclaimed albums with his first band, Taste, and playing the Isle of Wight in 1970, Rory left the band to pursue a solo career. The original release had 10 tracks. This one has 2 bonus tracks originally recorded during the original sessions and they are great additions. The recording opens with Laundromat Blues which came to be a trademark rocker for Gallagher. As I Fall Apart in retrospect appears to be the stimulus for a later song by American Band "the Outlaws" (Green Grass and High Times)... I can hear it anyway). Wave Myself Goodbye is a very cool straight forward delta style blues track. Hands Up gives you an idea where Thin Lizzy got their sound. Sinner Boy, one of the signature tracks on this recording has the blazing slide work that Gallagher is know for. For The Last Time is a laid back stylistic blues piece with the beginnings of Gallagher's musical experimentation. It's You shows how US country music had started to permeate the UK and Gallagher even emulated a steel guitar with slide on his Strat. On the final track of the original recording Can't Believe It's True shows Gallagher experimenting into the jazz fusion as did his contemporaries. Great guitarmanship. The two bonus recordings are dedicated to two of Rory's blues heroes. The first bonus track is Rory's version of the Muddy Waters classic Gypsy Woman. It's done in a stripped down Delta style and I really like it. The second bonus track, It Takes Time, is done as a shuffle and of course is a version of Chicago blues guitarist, Otis Rush.This is also a great addition.

It's great to see these recordings remastered and re - issued in their original packaging and also available on vinyl! I can't wait to listen to the next one!
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