RORY GALLAGHER – ” Messin With The Wrong Guy “

Posted: May 6, 2021 in MUSIC

This Stunning show from Rory Gallagher mid-1974 US TOUR After the break-up of his former band Taste in 1970, Rory Gallagher toured under his own name, hiring former Deep Joy bass player Gerry McAvoy to play on Gallagher’s self-titled debut album, Rory Gallagher. It was the beginning of a twenty-year musical relationship between Gallagher and McAvoy; the other band member was drummer Wilgar Campbell. The 1970s were Gallagher’s most prolific period. He produced ten albums during the decade, including two live albums, “Live in Europe” and “Irish Tour ’74” November 1971 saw the release of the album “Deuce”. In the same year he was voted Melody Maker’s International Top Guitarist of the Year, ahead of Eric Clapton.

However, despite a number of his albums from this period reaching the UK Albums Chart, Gallagher did not attain major star status. Gallagher played and recorded what he said was “in me all the time, and not just something I turn on …”. Though he sold over thirty million albums worldwide, it was his marathon live performances that won him greatest acclaim. During the heightened periods of political unrest in Northern Ireland, as other artists were warned not to tour, Gallagher was resolute about touring Ireland at least once a year during his career, winning him the dedication of thousands of fans, and in the process, a role model for other aspiring young Irish musicians.

In July 1974, Gallagher released his sixth solo album overall, and his second concert album, Irish Tour 74. Recorded at Belfast Ulster Hall, Dublin Carlton Cinema and Cork City Hall using Ronnie Lane’s Mobile Studio, during his January 74 tour of Ireland, the album went on to sell over 2million copies worldwide. On the back of his new record, Gallagher went out on tour, and on 4th August he performed in Houston, Texas, at the city’s Liberty Hall.

Putting on one of the tour’s very finest shows, the entire proceedings were recorded for live FM radio broadcast, transmitted state-wide and synched too across the US. Up until now this superb concert has remained in the vault however, but with the release of this new CD that all changes, as it features the full recording made that mid-summer evening more than 45 years ago.

Tracklist: 1. Messin With The Kid 7:28 2. Cradle Rock 6:51 3. Just A Little Bit 9:45 4. Early in The Morning 8:41 5. Tattoo d Lady 5:45 6. Hands off 7:24 7. Pistol Slapper Blues 3:10 8. Too Much Alcohol 5:02 9. A Million Miles Away 9:16 10. Bullfrog Blues 13:02

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