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  • Actors: Rory Gallagher, The Edge, Cameron Crowe, Bob Geldof, Slash
  • Directors: Ian Thuillier
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertaiment
  • DVD Release Date: September 14, 2010
  • Run Time: 179 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003XMKN7M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,825 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This superb two-disc DVD set tells for the first time the complete and fully authorized story of Rory Gallagher. On disc
one Ghost Blues follows Rory s life and career from his upbringing in Cork, his early days with a show band, the
brief success of Taste and then his legendary solo career leading up to his health problems in later life and tragic
death at the age of just 47. There are archive interviews, both audio and visual, with Rory and contributions from
many of his friends and admirers including his brother Donal, Bob Geldof, The Edge, Cameron Crowe, Slash, Johnny
Marr, James Dean Bradfield, Ronnie Drew, Bill Wyman, Martin Carthy, band members Ted McKenna and Gerry McAvoy
and many more.
Disc two The Beat Club Sessions then shows what Rory Gallagher was really all about a magnificent live
performer. Drawn from three different appearances on the German TV series Beat Club , this disc contains over
90 minutes of previously unreleased live performances which ably illustrate why he inspired so many of the
musicians who pay tribute to him in Ghost Blues .

Customer Reviews

I know that they're trying!
Trout Voice
The cameras showcase Rory's early guitar work and is a real treat to see up close!
Tante Maren
This DVD is exceptionally well produced, sound and picture quality are excellent.
Me Again

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Tante Maren TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 17, 2010
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Ghost Blues The Story Of Rory Gallagher is a must have for any Rory Gallagher fan or for anyone who simply loves the great Blues guitarists! This fantastic 2 disc dvd set covers the life of Rory Gallagher from his childhood in Ireland to his untimely death in England at the young age of 47. Born William Rory Gallagher on March 2, 1948, Rory was the first child of Daniel and Monica Gallagher, who both were musically talented with not only singing, but Daniel also played accordian. At around age 5 or 6, Rory loved to sing and play his songs on a little dimestore plastic ukelele. It wasn't long before Rory's parents bought him his first real wood guitar at the young age of 9. Rory quickly showed his natural talent and began winning talent contests, using the prize money to buy yet a better guitar. In 1961 Rory's parents bought him the very first Fender Stratocaster guitar in Ireland- a Sunburst model which cost 100 pounds. Rory's younger brother Donal tells many great stories about Rory on this dvd and about how this guitar might as well have cost 100 million pounds, as his parents went into great debt to afford this gift for Rory. Rory used this very famous guitar through every decade up until his death in 1995.

There are many very rare pictures, films and stories on this tremendous dvd about Rory. He was the first great Blues guitarist in Ireland who opened the doors for all the other great Irish bands such as Thin Lizzy, U2 and many others. There are also many great photos, stories and films from Rory's first band from the sixties, The Taste. Besides many great commentaries and stories from his brother Donal, we also hear from Bob Geldof, Bill Wyman, Cameron Crowe, his bandmates, many others and Rory himself on this dvd.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Trout Voice on September 21, 2010
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Rory Gallagher has been "well represented" on DVD releases over the past 10 years. "Rockpalast", "Montreaux", and "Irish Tour '74" to name a few...With the new release of "Ghost Blues" and "Beat Club Sessions" we finally have a release of the Vintage Rory 1971-1972 era! I am a huge fan and love all of Rory's Music. Yet if I was forced (at gunpoint) to pick a favorite era, I would have to say his first two solo albums, "Rory Gallagher" and "Deuce" are my favorites!

Disc two is 90 minutes of pristine quality great performances from those two records! Sound & picture quality are Fantastic, the only minor glitsch is the backgrounds for the "Beat Club" show can be a little annoying at times. Rory plays fantastic, as does his band of Gerry McAvoy on Bass and Wilgar Campbell on Drums.
Highlight include "Hands Up", "Sinner Boy", "Just the Smile", "Crest of a Wave" and "Messing with the Kid". I can't even begin to describe the great feeling that this timeless, high quality Music provides. Rory was a master and this is a fine document to surface some 38 years later!!! He would be proud of how well it sounds today!

Disc One is the "Rory Story" and it is the first such attempt at that and is a pretty good job. I'd have liked to see more Rory interviews, but will not complain as I feel that they did a good job and I learned a lot!
Now if only they can secure the rights to the entire film of Taste at Isle of Wight! I know that they're trying!
If you Love Rory then this set is a must.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Philip G Reeves on October 15, 2010
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I was fortunate to see Rory Gallagher perform live twice and talk to him briefly. What an amazing talent and soulful, humble guy. I have read biographies and watched several concert videos. "Ghost Blues" is a wonderful collection of live performance footage ... some of which I have never seen before. The interviews are interesting and give a perspective of Rory -- the person, the musician -- as well as how he fit in with the tremendous changes taking place in the music world, Ireland, and popular culture. For fellow guitarists, the Beat Club sessions are very clearly filmed "live studio" performances where you can really see the fundamentals of Rory's technique. Overall, there are many moments in this collection that capture the sheer energy and excitement that Rory generated in his live performances.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Quinn on November 4, 2010
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The first disc is the best documentary about Rory I've seen anywhere. One can see why he developed into such a unique performer, song-writer, singer, guitarist, and all-around admirable human being - so rare in the music, or for that matter, any business. It is spiced with many brief cuts of him performing throughout his long but attenuated career.

The second disc is packed with sixteen live songs, shown for the first time (at least that I've seen).

It is early Rory - raw and spontaneous. What it lacks in polish it makes up for in sheer intensity, presence, and joy. He is a consumate performer making love to his guitar, his audience, his talent. He is the Buddy Rich of the guitar. Nobody did it better. Watching him perform here is like sitting next to the stage and discovering a world-class talent for the first time. YOU ARE THERE...

Further, the production quality (visuals and sound) are first-rate. One viewing of "Hands Up" and "Messin' With the Kid" shows why Rory achieved so much notariety among music professionals. Is it too bad he never released a single, never courted pop fans, chose to play with Muddy Waters, Albert King, and Albert Collins, instead of the Stones or Deep Purple?

You be the judge. But I'll take Rory just like this. Duane Allman may have inspired Ronnie van Zant to write his anthem, "Free Bird" but Rory WAS "Free Bird" - in every way, soaring, diving and ultimately achieving legendary status - but yet ephemeral, unknown to the masses yet intimately adored by the select who appreciate sheer artistry for artistry's sake - not cheap thrills or glitsh.

Oh, what we would have missed if Rory hadn't been true to himself.

Rory Gallagher is the gift that keeps on giving to his adoring fans across generations and around the world.

If you have stumbled on this review, go the last yard and purchase this DVD collection. It will change your perspective on music forever.
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