Irish Tourby Rory Gallagher
The companion piece to director Tony Palmer's documentary of the same name, Irish Tour was recorded in January 1974 in Belfast, Dublin, and Cork at a time when precious few performers -- Irish or otherwise -- were even dreaming of touring the trouble-torn island. Northern Ireland, in particular, was a rock & roll no-go area, but /a>… See more details below
The companion piece to director Tony Palmer's documentary of the same name, Irish Tour was recorded in January 1974 in Belfast, Dublin, and Cork at a time when precious few performers -- Irish or otherwise -- were even dreaming of touring the trouble-torn island. Northern Ireland, in particular, was a rock & roll no-go area, but Gallagher never turned his back on the province and was rewarded with what history recalls as some of his best-ever gigs. Irish Tour, in turn, captures some of his finest known live recordings and, while it's impossible to tell which songs were recorded where, across nine in-concert recordings (plus one after-hours jam session, "Back on My Stompin' Ground"), the energy crackling from stage to stalls and back again packs an intensity that few live albums -- Gallagher's others among them -- can match. Highlights of a stunning set include dramatic takes on Muddy Waters' "I Wonder Who" and Tony Joe White's "As the Crow Flies," a raw acoustic rendering that is nevertheless totally electrifying. A frustratingly brief snip of the classic Shadows-style "Maritime" (aka "Just a Little Bit") plays the album out in anthemic style and then, of course, there's "Walk on Hot Coals," a marathon excursion that posterity has decreed Gallagher's most popular and accomplished statement -- a status that Irish Tour does nothing to contradict. It's foolish playing favorites, however. Even more than Gallagher's earlier Live in Europe album from 1972, Irish Tour confirms Gallagher not simply as the greatest bluesman Ireland ever knew, but as one of the island's greatest-ever performers.
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- Eagle Records
Performance CreditsRory Gallagher Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Lou Martin Keyboards
Rod De'Ath Percussion,Drums
Gerry McAvoy Bass
Technical CreditsRory Gallagher Composer,Producer
Tony Joe White Composer
J.B. Hutto Composer
McKinley Morganfield Composer
Tony Arnold Remastering
Donald Gallagher Executive Producer
Charlie Stanford Liner Notes
Shu Tomioka Liner Notes
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Years ago I had the good luck to see Rory in concert in Dublin. Sitting next to me was a young fella' with his eyes out on stalks and his jaw on his chest. At one point he turned to me and said "It's hard to f....n' believe, innit!"
The first ever track I heard by Rory was "Walk on Hot Coals" from the Blueprint album. After hearing the lines "walk on hot coals, sleep on a bed on nails...walk on thin ice, skate on razor blades" I was hooked. The man knows life, love & blues (and a nice pint). This was back in the seventies and the next time in the "record shop" (anyone remember those?) I couldn't remember the album and got "Tattoo" by (fortunate) mistake which has "A Million Miles Away". Years passed while trying to rebuild my vynyl collection to disc and I picked up "Irish Tour" and it had both on it. Gave it a shot thinking that those two songs would be hard to capture live. I was literally 'kin blown away. If anybody ever loved live albums, blues, rock and the energy a good show pours over you, please, please, please do yourself a favor. BUY THIS ALBUM! I own about a thousand CD's and this is in constant rotation. Rank it up there with Little Feats' "Waiting For Columbus", Seger's "Live Bullet" & The Allman Brother "At Filmore East". In my humble, but accurate opinion, that says a lot.