Rory Gallagher: Irish Tour '74 [Blu-ray]
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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.Read more ›
The question is...do 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.
Well worth the price as an introduction to Rory's music a must if you are a fan!
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Rory Gallagher is one of the least known, but best guitarists there is. He would smoke Stevie Ray Vaughn in a heartbeat. This Irish guitarist deserves a listenPublished 11 months ago by Mister B
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... Read morePublished on June 29, 2014 by Todd Brekke
If your a Rory Gallagher fan like i am ...buy it!!!! A nice little treasure to add to your collection.Published on February 24, 2014 by Teresa
Rory was full of energy and played his strat like he was born with it. good flick. Glad I got it.Published on August 21, 2013 by Christopher A Trumbull