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Against the Grain Extra tracks

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 23, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Buddha
  • ASIN: B00002Z842
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,594 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Rory Gallagher is the only musician for whom I am an unapologetic evangelist. Is he the best guitarist, the best showman, the best songwriter, the best singer? No, but he was one of the best all-around practicioners of blues-based rock. This is arguably his best album and I consider Side Two of the original album the best side of any of his LPs. I was disappointed that the guitar intro to "All-Around Man" was changed in the remastered product, but that's my only complaint. This album contains some of my favorite Rory songs, "Lost at Sea," "I Take What I Want," "All-Around Man," "Out on the Western Plain," and "At the Bottom." I agree that this was a transitional LP in Rory's solo career, marking a slight style change from his previous work. I never get tired of listening to "Out on the Western Plain," one of my top 3 Rory songs ("Crest of a Wave" and "Sinner Boy" being the other two). If you're new to Rory, this is one CD you must have (lots of people tout his live work over his recorded stuff, but I'm not one of them).
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First, I want to comment on the reviewers who give this a one star rating based on what they claim is bad mastering. I no longer own this on LP (though I did at one time), but from the tone of the two reviews blasting the mastering, you would imagine that this was an unlistenable disc. That is an absurd claim. Having not compared the LP and the CD side by side, I can't speak on which is superior, but I will state categorically that no one not doing such a comparison would suspect that the CD is badly mixed. Dropping this from five stars to one based on some slight differences in recording quality is simply absurd.

No one need be afraid of this disc, and I can promise that anyone unfamiliar with Gallagher or this album will be astonished upon listening to it for the first time. Of the guitar gods of the sixties and seventies and eighties, Gallagher remains the least known. Gallagher's curse was that he was an extremely great guitarist, but only a very good songwriter and singer. Upon the departure of Mick Taylor from the Stones, it is rumored that Gallagher was approached to join the band. If true, the possibilities are tantalizing. Gallagher was not merely a better guitarist--whether slide, pick, or acoustic--than Keith, Brian Jones, Mick Taylor, or Ronnie Wood, but was a powerful performer in his own right. Much like Taylor did in his stint with the band, Gallagher, much more firmly rooted in the blues than Wood, would have kept the band focused much more on its roots, and he possibly could have made the Stones the world's greatest rock and roll band than they ended up being. Can you imagine what he would have been able to do on a song like "Tumbling Dice"? Gallagher was also nearly as strong a vocalist, with greater range, than Mick Jagger.
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This mix and EQ are all out of place on this re-mastered CD. It doesn't sound like the old Crysalis LP or the Castle CD that came out in 1991.
The vocals are WAY too out in the forefront and the bass is overmodulated, giving the tracks a decidely (in my view) mixed edge. Since I grew up with how the LP was mixed, that's the way I expected it to sound, again.
Somebody told me at one of the Rory Gallagher websites that Donal, Rory's brother, couldn't find the masters and had to pick the tracks from different sources. But if he only went to the tapes the Castle CD used, you would get a more true representation of how 'Against the Grain' sounded when it was first released.
I'm just going to hold on to the old Castle release and skip this BMG/Buddah reissue. Even if it does have some bonus tracks that are good, it pains me to hear the original album mixed the way it is.
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This is what I would call one of Rory's definitive albums which are the only 5 stars I award to artists. Of course, the difficulty lies in that all of Rory's albums are good and picking a favorite is difficult. However, I seem to identify Rory's albums grouped in three phases of sound. All of the albums up to this point seemed to be more acoustically and raw blues driven while starting with this album they began to be more rock/blues oriented. This phase lasted through the Stage Struck album which to me seems to be his heaviest. The last phase being the 80's and beyond of which the rock sound comes even more to the forefront as common with the times. Jinx is probably the best example of that phase. Each album has its gems and Against the Grain doesn't disappoint. Personal favorites here include Lost At Sea, Out On the Western Plain, and At The Bottom. Usually, bonus tracks on artists' discs don't seem to add much, but those put on these Rory discs contain some great tracks. If you're wondering about a first Rory album to start with, this is a good choice.
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By A Customer on February 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Like so many people I replace favorite vinyl with the new C D
versions-REMASTERED! EXTRA BONUS CUTS! This is one of my all-time favorites but somehow the record sounds much better! The vocal on Souped-up Ford makes me cringe. On the old vinyl release the vocals were more in the background-where they needed to be. I've never noticed such a change for the worse in any other updated C D I've bought. Am I the only one who noticed this?
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