RORY GALLAGHER – ” Best Of Rory Gallagher “

Posted: October 6, 2020 in MUSIC
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When Jimi Hendrix was asked what it was like to be the best guitarist in the world, he replied, “I don’t know, why don’t you go and ask Rory Gallagher.” Despite the indelible mark left by the Scottish blues-rocker, Gallagher tends to be unfairly cast aside. UMe have done their part with acclaimed collections like last year’s “Blues” and the 2020 live set “Check Shirt Wizard – Live In ’77″.  This Friday, October 9th, the label will release a new career-spanning collection: The Best Of Rory Gallagher.

The estate of late guitar hero Rory Gallagher is set to release a greatest hits collection, dubbed The Best of Rory Gallagher, on October 9th. On Thursday, Universal Music Group released a rare studio outtake of The Rolling Stones classic “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” featuring Jerry Lee Lewis to be included on the collection.

The Best of Rory Gallagher features a two-CD set with 30 tracks spanning the Irish guitarist’s career, going all the way back to his first band Taste in 1969 and all the way through his final album, 1990’s “Fresh Evidence”.

The cover of “Satisfaction” is actually an outtake from Lewis’ 1973 album “The Session”…Recorded in London with Great Artists. Those sessions heard Lewis record a handful of 1950’s-era rock n’ roll standards, alongside a few contemporary numbers with help from Gallagher, Mick Jones, Peter Frampton, Kenney Jones, and many more.

While the song is currently being released under the Rory Gallagher catalogue, the show was very much Jerry Lee Lewis’ at the time. Gallagher opens up the song by going after the root chords of the classic, rather than the iconic riff, and ends up making the popular Rolling Stones song his own. It is Lewis, however, who comes to steal the show with a piano solo that sees the American rock n’ roll pioneer meshing with some of the very music he inspired.

Listen to the collaboration between Jerry Lee Lewis and Rory Gallagher on “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” below.

The album will be available in 1CD (15 songs), 2CD (30 songs), 2-LP (30 songs), and digital configurations, as well as a uDiscoverMusic-exclusive clear vinyl edition with a bonus single featuring an alternate mix of Jerry Lee Lewis and Rory Gallagher’s rendition of The Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction.” That previously unreleased track is also available on the 2-CD edition.  The collection spans the guitarist’s Polydor, Chrysalis, and Capo recordings originally issued between 1970 and 1990 including a handful of tracks with the band Taste and a posthumously issued track first released in 2010; Gallagher passed away in 1995 at the far too young age of 47.

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