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Rory Gallagher: Irish Tour '74 [Blu-ray] (2011)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: April 12, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,584 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In 1974, award winning film maker Tony Palmer followed Rory Gallagher and his band on their tour of Ireland. The subsequent movie was released in cinemas to great critical acclaim and has gone on to be accepted as one of the great rock films. Now for the first time the film has been lovingly restored and remastered from the original footage and is being reissued on DVD and released for the first time on Blu-ray. There is a massive improvement in both sound and picture quality over the original DVD release and finally Gallagher fans can get to see the film as it was meant to be, capturing Rory, his music, the period and the place to perfection. - TRACK LISTING: 1) Walk On Hot Coals 2) Tattoo'd Lady 3) Who's That Coming 4) A Million Miles Away 5) Going To My Home Town 6) Cradle Rock 7) As The Crow Flies 8) Hands Off 9) Bullfrog Blues - BONUS FEATURES: New RTE Music Maker documentary / Audio commentary / Japanese Tour 1974 Home Movie Footage

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Document on an Underrated Genius May 11, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Tony Palmer, the director of this film (and it is a FILM, not a video) was in 1974 the premiere director working in rock, especially in Europe. Previously Tony had worked with everyone from the Beatles to Cream to Pink Floyd. He chose to highlight Rory Gallagher's annual Christmas tour of Ireland at a time when "The Troubles" were at an all-time high. Rory was virtually the only rock musician of any stature who would play in Ireland during this time, AND he played both Dublin and Belfast. Yet such was his stature in his native country that Rory was considered 'off limits' to terrorist attacks.

Politics aside, this is a marvelous film. Rory was peaking and his performances, especially on "A Million Miles Away" and 'Bullfrog Blues", are incredible. The audiences are beyond ecstatic, and at times it reaches an almost religious fervor. Curiously, politics are never mentioned. Rory talks about growing up and his influences and demonstrates on his acoustic and his dobro. There is plenty of dressing room footage to show what a focused individual he was when it came to his music. And the music has Rory smoking, the absolutely best blues rock player ever on the planet.

In addition, the transfer is an improvement on the older DVD, and the sound pounds, as it should. There are some great extra features, including a wonderful and touching commentary by his brother and manager, Donal Gallagher, and his long time bass player Gerry McAvoy, the two individuals who knew him longest and best. A short 30 minute feature for Irish TV from 1972 is also included in spectacular quality, and features some more interviews and performances that are also high quality and worthy of inclusion.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
If you (like me) have the original release Rory Gallagher - Irish Tour 1974 and enjoy it .....this will be wonderful news. The picture is now in what seems to be its correct widescreen aspect ratio and dramatically improved....this is like comparing a remastered Beatles CD to one recorded through a pillow case...its that much better even on the standard DVD and the Blu-Ray is wonderful! There is also a bonus half hour documentary on Rory that features another batch of great performances...seriously this should be a no-brainer for fans of this gifted musician.

The question I upgrade..YES!

If you love seriously wonderful electric blues..YES
If you are a fan of Rory Gallagher...what are you waiting for?

I do need to add that there are several great Rory Gallagher DVD compilations on the market now from Rockpalast to Montreux that have more performances than this film....but this is a film and an artistic one which really takes you into the sweaty clubs of '74 Ireland and backstage which is a treat. Of course the film maker is an artist and he does show sweaty faces instead of fingers and guitars and does add shots of Rory during songs that may make visual sense to him but are obviously NOT the song he is playing as his guitar is changed and the slide is missing etc...but its very creative and fun.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars somewhere up there between Hendrix and Duane Allman July 15, 2011
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 virtuouity, the joy, the humanity. The reactions are pretty much the same "Why did it take me 20 years to find this music? Why is no-one doing anything like this now?" I lost track of Rory after 1977, when we'd spent Thursday afternoons bunking school to play pool and listen to Irish Tour 74. Clearly the sad folk at Rolling Stone lost their way too, when they compiled their list of 100 great guitarists and somehow left Rory out!!! But in 100 years time, when the great guitarists are rollcalled, Rory will be up there with between Hendrix and Duane Allman and whoever else the gods bless and belabour like this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome video. June 7, 2011
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This DVD is a great look at an under appreciated guitarist. It shows Rory for what he truly was a man happy traveling the world and playing his music. Unlike musicians today with a vast line up of guitars. Rory is seen mostly playing a battered Fender. A guitar that has seen many a mile on it. Yet still performs every night much like Rory himself. There are scenes interspersed within of Rory and the band backstage pre- and post concert. Which shed a light on a different time in the music business and its technology. Included among the extras are some performances of Rory in Japan. Despite the language difference good musicianship is still universally appreciated as is caught on camera in the short bonus footage.
Well worth the price as an introduction to Rory's music a must if you are a fan!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I have no idea what any of the people are talking about saying this is a good video. This is probably the most poorly done guitar video that I have ever seen and unfortunately wasted money on. It was even purchased at a guitar type store. The whole thing is weird creepy close ups of his face. They are so close they even cut the top of his head off. You keep thinking he's going to bump his head on the's so much of a close up that it's that comical and SAD. Please save your money. They show his head for what feels like (and may be) about 5 minutes then 16 seconds of guitar.....just part of it not all of the guitar......then 5 minutes of his head again and then the top of the guitar......then minutes of his head again. "Stupid" is the only word I can describe the video production. It's like a woman or a guy who was in love with the guy directed all the footage and editing. It's that bad. Honestly I have NO IDEA what anyone is talking about here giving this garbage a good rating. If you are an actual guitar player and want to see how great of a musician he won't. A great musician like this deserves better.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Onstage great, backstage not so much
Great to see what Rory Gallagher was like live. Never got to see him, so this disc is just what I wanted. The only downside to this disc are the non-music portions. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Stearman
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Get it if you are a Rory fan!!
Published 2 months ago by Brian Sears
5.0 out of 5 stars BRAVADO
Hearing Rory play anytime, anywhere is always a treat. Any version of ' A Million Miles Away or Tattoo'd Lady' I will listen to several times. Read more
Published 5 months ago by thomas walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have!!!
If your a Rory Gallagher fan like i am it!!!! A nice little treasure to add to your collection.
Published 8 months ago by Teresa
5.0 out of 5 stars Irish tour
Rory was full of energy and played his strat like he was born with it. good flick. Glad I got it.
Published 14 months ago by Christopher A Trumbull
5.0 out of 5 stars Rory rocks!
A great inside look at Rory and the tour world. He was a tireless performer who loved his fans and the music. I miss you Rory. May you rock on in Heaven!!!
Published 17 months ago by Steve E. Hartley
5.0 out of 5 stars Guitar God
This is a testament to the talent of this underestimated guitar great. His flame burned brightly but, sadly, too short. His tone & mastery of blues was ahead of his time. Read more
Published 17 months ago by guitargeorge
5.0 out of 5 stars I want a time machine
This DVD of Rory Gallagher brought back so many good memories that I wanted to hop in my hot tub time machine and set the dial for early 1974. Unfortunately that is just a dream. Read more
Published 18 months ago by mark howarth
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocking!
Amazing - I don't need anymore words than that!
For any Rory Gallagher fan - this is a must have!
Buy it!
Published 18 months ago by Tracey Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes.
Rory is an idol of mine, and seeing this fly-on-the-wall doc was a great way to see how he really might've been on the road. Read more
Published 20 months ago by JM
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