Irish Tour Original recording remastered, Live
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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!
Then there was Rory. Eschewing the wall of amplifiers and the "wish-to-kill sound", Gallagher stripped his set to the bare minimum. Small amps, small drum set, and a beat-up old Stratocaster. While the guitar gods brought their large amp banks and egos to match, Gallagher brought his "nice-guy" persona and determined work ethic. Always the gentleman, always the humble showman, Gallagher always put the audience first. And he always delivered a great show!
Clapton had his taste. Hendrix had his sexuality. Page had his trips to tonal nirvana. But nobody, NOBODY, could boogie like Rory! In the 70's, I saw Rory four or five times. Every time I left the concert with a big smile on my face.
IRISH TOUR `74 is proof positive of Rory's talents as a guitarist and a showman. The album displays Rory's "let's have a party" spirit with a band as tight as you'll ever hear. From Cradle Rock to Walk on Hot Coals, Rory will have you up and dancing around the room from the first note. Because it has some of the best blues-boogie music from the era, IRISH TOUR `74 is one of the best live albums of the 70's.
Rory, you gave us your best here below. Now, boogie with the angels.
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.Read more ›
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One of the best , everything this man did is sincerely heartfelt rock n roll
absolutely world class
This is the greatest live box set to ever come out I think its way better then The Allman Brothers Live at The Fillmore East Box set and I love The Allman Brothers but The Rory... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Rory orgasm overload!
Great stuff and an absolute must for the hard core RG fans!
Worth every penny, and the bonus disc may sound a little rough but the music... Read more
I knew I would be in for a treat when I got this. I had never listened to Irish Tour before even though I'm a Rory Gallagher nut. Read morePublished 7 months ago by thomas walsh
It's been said that Rory Gallagher couldn't play a bad set if you cut one of his arms off. Rory is very underrated and I'm glad that I had
the opportunity to see him live... Read more
Much better stereo sound. Glad I got it. Makes bme wonder what he'd be doing now.Published 14 months ago by Greg
This review if for the 2014 reissue of Irish Tour '74. This box set is great. I think the quality of the recordings is very good, considering the circumstances some of the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by jbalge