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Irish Tour [Original recording remastered, Live]

Rory GallagherAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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In the years that have passed since Rory Gallagher’s death, aged 47 on June 14 1995, his true stature has become ever more clear. This soft spoken Irishman, characterised by his flowing locks and trademark working man stage clothes, was far from ordinary. Gallagher was a self taught virtuoso who forged a musical revolution in his native land, shunned the traps of fame and stardom yet ... Read more in Amazon's Rory Gallagher Store

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  • Audio CD (September 14, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Live
  • Label: Buddha
  • ASIN: B00001OH7G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,246 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cradle Rock
2. I Wonder Who
3. Tattoo'd Lady
4. Too Much Alcohol
5. As The Crow Flies
6. A Million Miles Away
7. Walk On Hot Coals
8. Who's That Coming?
9. Back On My Stompin' Ground (After Hours)
10. Maritime

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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Captures Rory Gallagher in peak form December 22, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Let's just say that "Irish Tour," which has sold the most copies of any of the late Rory Gallagher's albums, captures one of the finest blues-rock guitarists of our time in peak form. This gem of a live recording was assembled from various gigs across Mr. Gallagher's troubled native Ireland in 1974, and he clearly relishes playing for the home crowd.

Mr. Gallagher and company churn through some longer versions of Walk on Hot Coals, Too Much Alcohol, and Who's That Coming, which allows Mr. Gallagher to improvise and experiment a bit. (There's not a bad number here, but why is Just a Little Bit not included on the CD version?)

I'm not prone to lavish adjectives on recordings, but there is more than enough intensity, passion, and virtuosity here to help the uninitiated learn what all the fuss is when it comes to Rory Gallagher's place in rock history.

Why four stars instead of five? It has nothing to do with Mr. Gallagher but rather a display of frustration about the omission of any bonus material!
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Genius October 7, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The first time I saw Rory Gallagher live he was a warmup act, and he stole the show from Deep Purple, no easy thing to do. He was that good, blessed not only with technical skill but with a musical soul that shone through his music. This 1974 live recording is a tribute to his fiery blues-rock guitar playing and the heart behind it. I've been told by people who knew him that he was the nicest guy on earth, something that comes through in the video version of this recording available now on DVD, he was all music, no showbiz, a bluesman who seemed almost embarrassed when he became a rock star as well. If you don't know his work, this live album is a good place to start, just be prepared to buy more once you get a taste. The public has largely forgotten Rory just as they have Roy Buchannan, but guitarists will be impressed no end when you mention his name, they know how good he was and how much he loved the music. Maybe that's why the Rolling Stones considered him as a replacement for Mick Taylor, but somehow I can't see Rory wearing leopardskin jackets and leather pants. His life was too short, but at least we have this wonderful music to remember him by.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rory rocks Belfast April 14, 2008
Format:Audio CD
When Rory and his killer band toured Ireland in 1974, other reviewers have got it dead right that the majority of rock acts wouldn't go near the place. The Gaelic funsters were in the full throes of murdering and torturing their fellow man. So the Melody Maker, Britain's best-ever and sadly defunct music weekly (written by such five-star observers as Ray Coleman and Chris Welch - see my review of Chris' book "Cream"), had as its front-page headline, "Rory rocks Belfast," followed by an ecstatic description of not only his fantastic playing and band, but of his single-minded belief that music would break down all barriers.

I first saw Rory in 1968 when, as I said in many other reviews, he blew poor old Jimi H off the stage at the Woburn Abbey Festival. I got to know him quite well and have, among other things, one of Richie McCraken's bass guitar string cases on which Rory wrote his name and addresses of his agents for booking. I loved this man and his music, and preferred him to almost any other musician in the world. I find him much more intresting than Duane Allman (there is no law against playing in tune, D) or Stevie Ray Vaughan, and miles better than Hendrix, who was usually so awful live. He interpreted the blues in an unbelievably sensitive and skilful way, never forgetting his comprehensive respect and knowledge of the greats (he adored Muddy Waters, Blind Blake, Hutto, Albert King and so on). Coupled with that, he was a pretty good singer and a first-rate song-writer, as well as being a great guitarist, slide player, mandolin player, harp player and sax player. I lost count of the times (well over 38) I saw Rory say, "Thanks a million, thanks a million," in his inimitable brogue before holding an audience spellbound with one acoustic guitar.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always at His Very Best... March 19, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Back in the 70's I saw Rory play at the legendary 'My Father's Place' in Roslyn Long Island where he played every song on the CD so it brings back indelible memories. Rory and the band played with such power and energy I recall thinking they were undermining the structural integrity of the building. The technical excellence of Rory's blues guitar and vocals were transcended by the personal connection he made with the audience.
He was more than a performer: he tore off a piece of his soul giving everyone a share. Unreal. But let the music speak for the Man. That night the audience were euphoric. Though I have seen many great performers over the years nothing tops that night.
This CD brings it all back. In two hundred years people will still be enjoying this classic. "Nice one, Rory. Nice one, Son. Nice one Rory, let's have another one."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunner July 18, 2005
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Rory, Rory, Rory - stunning, stunning, stunning. And the remastered CD is a champion job, just like all the other original album refreshers. All the moods are here - slide rock, slow blues, reflective sadness, acoustic tenderness. And some blistering solos. Try the blazing soulfulness of Tatoo'd Lady, or get lost in the delicious meandering (in the best sense of that word)of the solos in Walk on Hot Coals. Or the slow intensity of A Million Miles Away. Nice one Rory, nice one son, let's have another one, as the fans chant at the end of Who's that Coming? If you like 70s blues rock, and want to find a timeless live album - here it is!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest rock guitar album ever made
Hendrix, Clapton & Beck had higher profiles, but for sheer energy and entertainment value, Rory left those guys for dead. Read more
Published 11 months ago by richiec
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Rory
If you can buy just one Rory Gallagher disk, this is it. Another one gone before his time. Great 70's guitar work.
Published 12 months ago by john
5.0 out of 5 stars somewhere up there between Hendrix and Duane Allman
Thank God for Youtube and DVD reissues (like Irish Tour 74 and much more, available on Amazon), which means everyone can see all this stuff live, the intensity, the lyricality, the... Read more
Published on July 15, 2011 by Da Craig
2.0 out of 5 stars Worth it?
I have the remastered Live in Europe, which sounds horrible. I do have the a version of this one from many years ago. Read more
Published on December 26, 2010 by Peter G
5.0 out of 5 stars Rory makes his axe scream
This album is one of greatest of all time check this album out its mind blowing it wont let you down i cant believe people dont know who he is He is one of the greatest guitarist... Read more
Published on November 8, 2010 by jeff
4.0 out of 5 stars Irish Tour CD versions
I think it should be pointed out that the double Intercord CD-set has 11 tracks. Which means both the I.R.S and Capo are truncated. Read more
Published on June 12, 2010 by Pete
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 STARS X 100
Where has this disc been all my life? I knew about Rory Gallagher of course, I even owned one of his studio LP's back in the 70's (Tattoo, I believe it was), but somehow this live... Read more
Published on November 14, 2009 by Me Again
5.0 out of 5 stars The Glory of Rory!
The definitive rock & roll statement if ever there was one, "Irish Tour" is Rory Gallagher at his peak, playing before his home town, one crowd pleaser after another. Read more
Published on September 21, 2009 by runrummer
5.0 out of 5 stars Smokin' Strings: Irish Edition
Many non-jazz live recordings are slightly guilty pleasures: souvenirs of rowdy nights or sweaty seductions. Read more
Published on August 19, 2009 by Mark N. Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than Live in Europe!
Some people might think that Rory's best live album is Live In Europe...at least, as far as I know, it was a bigger seller back in the day than Irish Tour. Read more
Published on July 27, 2009 by Baberufus
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