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Blue Day for the Blues

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1. I Ain't No Saint
2. The Loop
3. Calling Card
4. As The Crow Flies
5. Off The Handle
6. Bullfrog Blues
7. (Back On My) Stomping Ground
8. Empire State Express
9. Continental Op (To: Dashiel Hammet)
10. Shin Kicker
11. Public Enemy No. 1
12. Pistol Slapper Blues
13. Don't Start Me Talkin'
14. Nothing But The Devil
15. Alexis
16. Barley And Grape Rag

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 24, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol/Emi/Sbk/Chrysalis
  • ASIN: B000000QHY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,053 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jay Siekierski on January 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The title of this CD collection A Blue Day For The Blues in honor of the untimely passing of the legendary Blues-Rock guitar
virtuoso Rory Gallagher is appropriate. Indeed it was A Blue Day For The Blues when news of his death sent shock waves
around the world. This CD is 16 track fitting tribute and is excellently compiled by Jim Beisner. All corners of Rory's best work
are featured and a this is a brilliant CD for all newcomers to him & his music to pick up or for those of you who don't want to
grab the entire catalog... if I was you I'd do both! This CD is compiled from the 7 titles that I.R.S. currently holds the U.S.
rights to and is a mix of studio/live-originals & covers. Man! in one lil' place we got "Bullfrog Blues", "As The Crow Flies",
"Pistol Slapper Blues", "Shin Kicker" and "(Back On My) Stomping Ground" just to name a few tasters! Superb liner notes on
his career and some cool pixs are featured and the sound is absolutely amazing. For some really hot Blues by one of the best
players that ever lived snatch this CD up now and get into Rory!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JOHN SPOKUS on April 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
One of the great masters of blues rock guitar, and wonderful storytelling songs. This is not a bad collection, but focuses a little much on some of his later releases, which are still good;even lesser Rory stuff is better than most blues rockers ever hope to achieve.Some great live cuts from the seventies;"Bullfrog Blues", "As The Crow Flies"(both of which I've performed live with my own group)are among the gems. If you've never heard Rory, this isn't a bad place to start, but then again "Stagestruck" and "Live In Europe" are great in their own right and offer a few more vintage tunes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Gomez Pardo HALL OF FAME on November 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The charismatic magnetism can be felt in this admirable CD.

Ain't no sadnt is a very rhythmic blues with fresh acoustic guitar and beating riffs .

The loop is a frenetic instrumental rock & roll piece , and calling card is a very fine piece ; as the crow flies is a peaceful blues in the purest country style.

Off the handle is a very expressive blues song loaded with too much feeling and may be well the crown jewel .

Back on my stomping ground is a rock & roll piece with the purest essence of the fifties ; Empire state express is a very well played blues theme and one of the best tracks.

Continental op and Skin kicker is the most pop rock song of the album ; it sounds so fresh and so innovative that you'll find it hard to believe and while Public enemy is an excellent blues , Pistol slapper blues may be the weakest theme in the selection .

Don't start is a vivid blues piece with interesting approach who reminds to John Mayall , in which concerns to harmonica use : Nothing with the devil is a simple divertiment and while Alexis is a very good rhythmic instrumental song Barley and Grape bag we are carried for the seducting acoustic guitar to the folk essences ; optimist and nice beating.

In sum from one to ten this album has 9,7 points.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 1999
Format: Audio CD
When Rory Gallagher passed on, the world lost a superb guitar player.Rory also played a wicked slide (probably as well as that other departed musician-Duane Allman).Hugely popular in Europe, Rory was a relative unknown in America.This guy could play as well as Allman,Clapton,Gibbons(ZZTop)and all the other blues-rockers.He didn't sell 30 million for nothing.Rory could also play the blues straight--Chicago-style,Texas-style,bottleneck,Delta-style,Louisiana swamp-style,rag and more.Well..hurry up and get this fine collection! R.I.P.Rory.
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Rory Gallagher's death on June 14, 1995 at age 46 was, indeed, a blue day for the blues. This posthumous collection presents the best from his early days with Taste in 1970, through to his last major release, 1990's Fresh Evidence. While his untimely death was tragic, the real tragedy was that he never caught on with American audiences in a big way. On the brink of greatness -- a la Eric Clapton -- in the mid-1970's, Gallagher's U.S. followers failed to obtain critical mass, and he slid into relative obscurity. Not so in Europe, where fans recognized a passion in his electric blues riffing and composition that even Clapton could not match. This CD will provide the listener with glimpses of his greatness, sampled from albums that sold some 30 million copies worldwide during his lifetime. END
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