Ghost Blues: The Story of Rory Gallagher & the Beat Club Sessions
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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 .
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked the Doc. and the Live Perf. was decent. seems like it's hard to find a live performance of "Calling Card" & "Against The Grain" , my two favorite Rory... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Though Rory Gallagher was not a popular artist in his period, his talent was revered by the likes of Jimi Hendrix. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Michael Borneman
This documentary is a cracker. It tells in detail the story of one of the planet's greatest guitarist/vocalists, the one who dedicated his life to his art. Read morePublished 18 months ago by B. R. Blackshaw
I would have liked a few different songs but excellent DVD well worth the money!Published 19 months ago by Robert H. Hall
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 morePublished on April 26, 2014 by Seahawk98356