RORY GALLAGHER – ” Rory Gallagher ” 50th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set

Posted: July 15, 2021 in MUSIC
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To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Rory Gallagher’s 1971 debut solo album UMC is pleased to announce the 3rd September 2021 release of a five-disc Deluxe Boxset of the album will include a brand-new mix of the original album, thirty previously unreleased outtakes and alternate takes, a six-song 1971 BBC Radio John Peel Sunday Concert, plus four 1971 BBC Radio Sounds of the Seventies session tracks, all mastered at Abbey Road Studios.

Also included is a previously unreleased 50-minute DVD of Rory’s first-ever solo concert which was filmed in Paris, France for the ‘Pop Deux’ television show.

The extensive package will also contain a 32-page hardback book with many rare and previously unseen photographs from British rock photographer Barrie Wentzell, essays and memorabilia from the album recording including hand-written song lyrics by Rory and an exclusive limited-edition poster.

The 2CD and 3LP editions of the album will be cut-down versions from the Deluxe Boxset. There will also be a special D2C limited edition colour 1LP featuring the John Peel Sunday Concert.

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The box set will also include exclusive liner notes written by his brother and manager Donal Gallagher, his longtime bass guitarist Gerry McAvoy (1970-1991) and photographer Barry Wentzel, plus a full 1971 interview with Rory by journalist Roy Eldridge.

Gallagher’s eponymous debut album features some of the most beloved Rory songs such as “I Fall Apart” (Rory’s second most streamed song), “Laundromat” and “Just The Smile”. Also unearthed during the 2021 mixing sessions are the previously unreleased “At The Bottom”, a track Rory ended up re-recording for his 1975 “Against The Grain” album, plus “Advision Jam” a rocking instrumental. The recording saw Rory Gallagher on guitar and lead vocals as well as alto sax, harmonica and mandolin, Gerry McAvoy on bass and Wilgar Campbell on drums. Atomic Rooster’s Vincent Crane plays piano on two out of the ten songs on the album “Wave Myself Goodbye” and “I’m Not Surprised”.

Rory had not played live since his previous band Taste disbanded on October 24th 1970. When his eponymous solo album was released in May 1971, he embarked on a 16-date UK tour, ten days touring Ireland, and a short jaunt of Switzerland.

Recorded at the legendary Advision Studios in Fitzrovia, London, Gallagher’s eponymous debut album showcases the Irish guitarist as a multi-faceted interpreter of the blues with a cross-section of the blues from acoustic to heavy blues soul. Advision was one of the hottest recording studios in the 60s and 70s and home of classic albums recorded by The Yardbirds, The Who, The Move, T. Rex, David Bowie, Kate Bush, Elton John, Slade, Gentle Giant, Gerry Rafferty, and many more.

If ever there was a “musician’s musician” then that accolade belongs to Rory Gallagher. Renowned for his blistering live performances and highly respected for his dedication to his craft, he died in 1995, aged just 47.

The 5-CD edition of Rory Gallagher’s eponymous debut is out on 3 September

Rory Gallagher: Rory Gallagher (50th Anniversary Edition): 3LP

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