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Ghost Blues: The Story of Rory Gallagher & the Beat Club Sessions (2010)

Rory Gallagher , The Edge , Ian Thuillier  |  NR |  DVD
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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: #111,681 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 .

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
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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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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rory DVD is a Blessing! 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Great live performance footage 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Rory was the greatest. 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for any old school rock guitar fan.
I bought this after seeing it in a store after I had spent all my money on some other purchases. I always regretted not picking it up at the time. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Seahawk98356
4.0 out of 5 stars Rorys story
the story and all the interviews are wonderful and the live footage although dated with the groovy effects cannot diminish what a talented man Rory was, if you want to see and hear... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Stan Sienko
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for Blues Lovers
I never knew that there was a documentary/concert of Rory Gallagher. As soon as I saw this, by accident, I had to have it & check it out. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Marty
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It!
I had heard the name Rory Gallagher for years but never heard his music. Then I saw this video on Netflix and was literally blown away. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Curtis Haggard
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best documentaries i own.
This is a must have for any Rory Gallagher fan I would buy this just for the Beat Club Sessions which are amazing. Read more
Published 23 months ago by jeff
3.0 out of 5 stars Beat Sessions
I was not impressed with the venue it did no justice to Rory's style and the crowd didn't appear to be loyal fans. I also didn't like the drumming.
Published 24 months ago by skipper
1.0 out of 5 stars Zone Blues
It never ceases to amaze me that British artists DVDs are available Zone 1 and BluRay Region "A" but are not available Zone 2 or Region B - it's like inviting someone to produce... Read more
Published 24 months ago by A J Day
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Quality!
Man,this really took me back to "the day"!If you are(were)a Rory Gallagher fan dont miss this outstanding 2dvd set. Read more
Published on September 9, 2012 by Michael D. Hoffman
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have Documentary and Music Videos. Top Quality!
2 Disc set.

The first Documentary Disc is priceless as it not only contains an excellent account of Rory's career up to his final days but it is done with professional... Read more
Published on August 23, 2011 by B. Steindel - GuitarPCB
5.0 out of 5 stars if you never heard of rory, you will be a life long fan after watching...
#1) i own many concert DVD's and this by far will be one that is kept close to my heart. if your never heard of Rory Gallagher or are hesitant on buying this DVD please do not be... Read more
Published on July 28, 2011 by Dave7604
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