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Top Priority Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Import


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Digitally remastered edition of the Irish guitarist's classic album that includes detailed sleeve notes and 2 previously unreleased tracks that didn't appear on the original LP issue: "Hell Cat" and "Watcher".

1. Follow Me
2. Philby
3. Wayward Child
4. Keychain
5. At The Depot
6. Bad Penny
7. Just Hit Town
8. Off The Handle
9. Public Enemy No. 1
10. Bonus Track: Hell Cat
11. Bonus Track: The Watcher

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 7, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Capo Records
  • ASIN: B00000IHC7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,192 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Rik on May 25, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Rory Gallagher is THE most underrated blues/rock guitarist in the history of the genre. This collection of songs rocks a little harder than some of his other CDs but that's fine with me. The songs are great and his vocals and guitar are second to none. Know this...there are streets named after Rory Gallagher in France and England!!! America, as usual, seems to have missed the boat on this amazing musician. Do yourself a favor and buy this CD. It's great,
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Brian W. Diller on September 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Listening to Rory Gallagher is a bittersweet experience. He was a tremendous guitar player. His passionate playing easily stands beside Eric Clapton and Peter Green as one of the best Anglo-Blues guitarists. It must have been frustrating for him to watch his peers rise to international stardom while he continuously slogged through tour after tour playing in clubs and smaller venues to his loyal core audience. Do yourself a favor and buy this CD. His playing and writing were at their peak at this point in his career. God bless Rory Gallagher. He is sadly missed.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mons on February 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Despite his fiery guitar-playing, his stunning live performances and his single-minded adherence to the true spirit of rock n’ roll, Rory Gallagher (from Ballyshannon in Ireland) never made the big league, never getting the full backing of his record comp any. A shame, because here is a guy who liked his blues rough and raw. Add passionate fretboard work; songwriting savvy; a high-octane, souped up Stratocaster to the formula and you have rock heaven. The keyword is energy. It literally oozes out of the speakers. Follow Me is impressive by any standards. When the rhythm section of Gerry Macavoy (bass) and Ted McKenna (drums) kicks in, the energy and power is extraordinary. Keychain, Wayward Child and Bad Penny are other highlights, with Rory laying down the blues as though he invented it, and adding to the blistering blues licks an unmistakable Celtic tone that makes Rory Gallagher a truly unique blues/rock artist. Although not all the songs on the album live up to Follow Me (and points off for the unecessary bonus tracks), and Rory’s vocals are more rough and ready than accomplished, those who want an introduction to one of the world’s top blues/rock Strat-toting guns, who died just a few years ago long before his time was up, should check out Top Priority..
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 10, 2012
Format: Audio CD
*** THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE 2012 CD REISSUE ***

"Top Priority" is one of five new 2012 CD, Download and Vinyl reissues covering Rory Gallagher's 'studio' album period at Chrysalis Records between 1975 and 1979. His Polydor Label years (1971 to 1974) were released in full in January 2012 (see list below). The next set of studio and live album reissues are due in early 2013 - all supervised by Donal Gallagher - his brother, tour manager and keeper of the flame.

So what's different? In a nutshell - cheaper price, restored artwork with upgraded packaging and 2012 remastering from the original tapes. Here are the finite details...

Released 24 September 2012 in the UK (9 October 2012 in the USA) - "Top Priority" is on Sony/Capo/Legacy 88725461452 and comes in a card digipak rather than a jewel case (46:40 minutes total playing time). The original vinyl album was released September 1979 in the UK and USA on Chrysalis CHR 1235 (it charted at number 56 in the UK and Number 140 in the States). "Top Priority" was his 4th studio LP for the British label - continuing on from the blisteringly good run of "Against The Grain" in 1975, "Calling Card" in 1976 and "Photo-Finish" in 1978.

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When "Top Priority" was first re-issued on CD by Da Capo in February 1999 - the tapes were remixed and remastered by Tony Arnold - giving it a sound some found a little shrill. That first reissue also altered the original artwork. This time the original tapes have been returned to by ANDY PEARCE and MATT WORTHAM and remastered as 'untampered' versions in August 2012 at Wired Masters Studios in London. They've done a great job - the sound is very clear and muscular - still full of piss and vinegar for sure but less showy than before.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phillip J. Lavios on May 30, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I saw rory Gallagher in the early 1980's as a soldier in Europe, and he definitely rocked the house that night!! this allbum is a pure classic! I highly reccomend it to anyone that likes bluesy rock!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Baljit S. Grewal on November 1, 2010
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Rory Gallager was one of those musicians who kept a low profile and the world will probably discover more about him as time passes by. He was marvellously talented, a fantastic guitar player; raw, bullish and supremely talented. Buy everything he ever made. I have. You won't regret it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Thomas Thatcher on May 2, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Well, folks, you know that anything by Rory is going to be worth listening to, but if you are anything like me, you play the CDs to death for a year and then file them under "indispensable". What happened here is that my daughter, having seen Fall Out Boy recently, grubbed about in the cars and the cupboards to see what was about from Dad's prehistoric era and came up with Top Priority. Fall Out Boy, with the relentless thrash and monochord banging, failed to ignite the senses, so to speak, although they improve all the time. They also left me deaf and numb from the ridiculous volume they played at - made Cream seem like Freddie and the Dreamers (RIP, Freddie)and The Jeff Beck Band like Herman's Hermits.

I had forgotten just how accomplished this little-promoted collection is. My band used to perform Follow Me, and it's a great powerful surge to the record, with some quite extraordinary guitar pyrotechnics from Rory. It's actually got a very good tune, too, and it's fun to see Gerry McAvoy singing harmonies on the chorus on the Live At Cork video - with Rory and Gerry cracking up when they get the sequence wrong! Philby continues Rory's fascination with spies, molls and the underworld and then the whole album continues with a collection of Rory's usual interests, all performed well, thoughtfully and with control.

I gather that the collection was recorded in a very short time and occasionally the production values are not perfect. What is nearly perfect is the playing. Rory is on fire, and, as always, his faithful band is exemplary. This CD is a timely reminder of just how exceptional Rory and his bands were, and the new wave of punk thrashers would do very well to listen to his control, dynamics, words and, it has to be said, incredible ability.
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