Blue Day for the Blues

Blue Day for the Blues

by Rory Gallagher
     
 

A quickie compilation issued a few months after Rory Gallagher's untimely death in June of 1995, this generous collection assembles 16 tracks that show the deeper blues -- as opposed to harder blues-rocking -- side of the Irish guitarist. At the time it was issued, IRS only had rights to seven of Gallagher's albums, so there is a large bulk of material that might have… See more details below

Overview

A quickie compilation issued a few months after Rory Gallagher's untimely death in June of 1995, this generous collection assembles 16 tracks that show the deeper blues -- as opposed to harder blues-rocking -- side of the Irish guitarist. At the time it was issued, IRS only had rights to seven of Gallagher's albums, so there is a large bulk of material that might have fit the concept that could not be included. Additionally, this was released before Gallagher's catalog was overhauled in 1999 for CD, so the sound quality here is not as full and pristine as later versions of the same tunes. Out of print after IRS' demise, this is still a solid representation of the guitarist's diverse blues approaches. The songs are noted with the style they represent -- Texas, Chicago, ragtime, bottleneck, Appalachian, etc. -- and even though the sequencing seems random, the album does show Gallagher's amazing diversity. Covers of Lightnin' Slim, Blind Boy Fuller, Tony Joe White, Sonny Boy Williamson, Son House, and the traditional "Bullfrog Blues" (mistakenly credited to Gallagher as opposed to William Harris, the tune's typically accepted writer) share space next to originals whose influences are obvious. From a blues-rocker who had taste and class even when tearing through his barnstorming material at full volume, this music is reasonably well selected, especially since the compilers did not have access to his entire catalog. The disc is worth seeking out, especially for blues fans, since there are no other collections that focus exclusively on Gallagher's bluesier aspects.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/24/1995
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724383578320
catalogNumber:
35783

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rory Gallagher   Primary Artist,Dulcimer,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Mandola,Electric Sitar
Lou Martin   Piano,Keyboards
Bob Andrews   Piano
Ray Beavis   Tenor Saxophone
Wilgar Campbell   Percussion,Drums
Rod De'Ath   Percussion,Drums
John Earle   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Mark Feltham   Harmonica
Dick Hanson   Trumpet
Gerry McAvoy   Bass Guitar
Ted McKenna   Drums
Brendan O'Neil   Drums
John Cooke   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Rory Gallagher   Composer,Producer
Roger Glover   Producer
Chuck D   Composer
Colin Fairley   Engineer
David McMillan   Engineer
Alan O'Duffy   Producer
Doug Schwartz   Mastering
Hank Shocklee   Composer
Nikki Sixx   Composer
Will Reid Dick   Engineer
John McGowan   Engineer
Emilie Burnham   Artwork
J. West   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Lynden Grey   Composer

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