Rory Gallagher's eponymous debut solo album celebrates its 50th Anniversary with a brand-new mix of the original 1971 album on 3LP.
The 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". While reviewing numerous tapes during the 2021 mixing sessions, two songs were added to the collection: 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 10 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 24, 1970. When Rory's eponymous solo album was released in May 1971, he embarked on a 16-date UK tour that included 10 days touring Ireland and a short jaunt in Switzerland.
Recorded at the legendary Advision Studios in Fitzrovia, London, Rory'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.
Rory's timeless reputation has continued to flourish in the years since. Indeed, some of rock's most seminal figures, from Jimi Hendrix to Eric Clapton, Joe Satriani to Joe Bonamassa, Queen's Brian May to The Smiths' Johnny Marr, Slash of Guns N' Roses to the Edge of U2, have cited him as an influence. Rory remains a touchstone for all would-be guitar heroes in the 21st Century.
When asked "How does it feel to be the best guitarist in the world," Jimi Hendrix replied, "I don't know, why don't you go and ask Rory Gallagher.
"The man who got me back into the blues." - Eric Clapton
"There are a million guys who sound like Stevie Ray Vaughan, but I never heard anybody who could really pull off sounding like Rory Gallagher." - Slash
"As soon as I heard Cradle Rock, I was hooked. I thought, 'This is what I want to be when I grow up'." - Joe Bonamassa
"He was just a magician, he's one of the very few people of that time who could make his guitar do anything it seemed. It just seemed to be magic. I remember looking at that battered Stratocaster and thinking "how does that come out of there?" - Brian May
"The man who changed my musical life was Rory Gallagher, I picked up a guitar because of him." - Johnny Marr
"An amazing player, very spirited... he had a particular sound using that Stratocaster and he really got it because of the brute force in the way that he played, he just had such a passion about it." - Joe Satriani
"Rory was the one to measure yourself against. He was a real credit to music and pushed it to another level altogether." - Peter Frampton
- 50th Anniversary Edition
- 180g Vinyl
- 2021 remix & remaster of original album
- Mastered at Abbey Road Studios
- 16 rare alternate, outtake recordings & BBC Radio sessions
- Booklet of essays, photography & rare paraphernalia
- Triple gatefold
- Made in Germany
- Just The Smile
- I Fall Apart
- Wave Myself Goodbye
- Hands Up
- Sinner Boy
- For The Last Time
- It's You
- I'm Not Surprised
- Can't Believe It's True
- Gypsy Woman - Tangerine Studio Session
- It Takes Time - Tangerine Studio Session
- I Fall Apart - Tangerine Studio Session
- At The Bottom - Alternate Take 3
- At The Bottom - Alternate Take 4
- Advision Jam
- Laundromat - Alternate Take 1
- Just The Smile - Alternate Take 1
- Wave Myself Goodbye - Alternate Take 2
- Hands Up - Alternate Take 2
- Sinner Boy - Alternate Take 3
- For The Last Time - Alternate Take 1
- It's You - Alternate Take 2
- I'm Not Suprised - Alternate Take 1
- For The Last Time - Live On BBC "Sounds Of The Seventies" / 1971 (Off-Air Recording)
- Laundromat - Live On BBC "Sounds Of The Seventies" / 1971 (Off-Air Recording)
- It Takes Time - Live On BBC "Sounds Of The Seventies" / 1971 (Off-Air Recording)
- I Fall Apart - Live On BBC "Sounds Of The Seventies" / 1971 (Off-Air Recording)