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Wheels Within Wheels
     

Wheels Within Wheels

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by Rory Gallagher
 

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Although best known for his barnstorming blues-rock, Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher had a softer side, too. All of his studio albums contain at least one acoustic folk-blues track, and Gallagher included an unplugged set in the majority of his live shows way before that was fashionable. Almost eight years after his death, Rory's brother Donal compiled a 14-track

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Although best known for his barnstorming blues-rock, Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher had a softer side, too. All of his studio albums contain at least one acoustic folk-blues track, and Gallagher included an unplugged set in the majority of his live shows way before that was fashionable. Almost eight years after his death, Rory's brother Donal compiled a 14-track collection of previously unreleased work dedicated to Gallagher's folkier approach. It's the second such posthumous album (the terrific live and very electric BBC Sessions came out in 1999), and focuses on an important if lesser recognized aspect of the guitarist's career. It's also an eclectic set that shifts from melodic ballads ("Wheels Within Wheels") to instrumental modified flamenco ("Flight to Paradise" with classical guitarist Juan Martin) and solo Delta blues (a studio take of Tony Joe White's "As the Crow Flies," the live version of which was a highlight of Irish Tour). And that's just the first three songs. Unreleased gems such as "Lonesome Highway" sound like classic Gallagher (this even features a plugged-in solo), but the disc is most successful when it unearths rare collaborations with Martin Carthy, Bert Jansch, and Scottish skiffle legend Lonnie Donegan. The latter is caught live on a rousing version of "Goin' to My Hometown," one of this album's many highlights. The heavily bootlegged "The Cuckoo," also finds official release in a stirring version assisted by Roland Van Campenhout on second guitar. Three live tunes with stripped-down accompaniment from Béla Fleck on banjo and harmonica master Mark Feltham find Gallagher running through a seemingly improvised medley of "Amazing Grace," Robert Johnson's "Walking Blues," and Bill Monroe's "Blue Moon of Kentucky," showing just how diverse Gallagher's tastes were. Established Gallagher fans will love this for the unusually laid-back setting, but Wheels Within Wheels might also attract a hardcore folk audience likely unaware of the rock guitarist's affinity for this genre. The varying sound quality is a little sketchy, especially on the concert tracks, but the sheer enthusiasm and joy infused in these grooves override any audio shortcomings.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/18/2003
Label:
Buddha
UPC:
0744659978722
catalogNumber:
99787

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rory Gallagher   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Lou Martin   Piano,Keyboards
Martin Carthy   Guitar
Lonnie Donegan   Guitar,Vocals
Rod De'Ath   Drums
Mark Feltham   Harmonica
Béla Fleck   Banjo
Gerry McAvoy   Bass
Ted McKenna   Drums
Chris Newman   Guitar
Roland Van Campenhout   Guitar

Technical Credits

Bill Monroe   Composer
Bert Jansch   Arranger
Juan Martín   Composer
Rory Gallagher   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Tony Joe White   Composer
Colin Fairley   Engineer
Robert Johnson   Composer
Chris Newman   Engineer
John Newton   Composer
Tony Arnold   Producer,Engineer
David Oxtoby   Paintings
Mark Jessett   Art Direction
Traditional   Composer

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Wheels Within Wheels 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rory Gallagher proved throughout his career that he could put his hand to any genre of music.This beautiful new album reinforces that fact.You want acoustic ballads,well Rory Gallagher can do that for you.You want country,blues,Irish traditional or folk,well once again,no problem.Included are originals like the title song,'Lonesome Highway','Barley And Grape Rag' and 'Goin' To My Home Town and Rory's take on 'Blue Moon Of Kentucky','The Cuckoo','She Moved Thro' The Fair' and 'As The Crow Flies'.Every performance is worth hearing,and some stand up there with the best of the man's work.Beg,steal or borrow a copy.