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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".

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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 (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,155 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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*** 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.

SOUND:
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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A fine sounding reissue.
Top Priority is one of my favorite Rory Gallagher titles.
Here is a quality remaster. Andy Pearce was the sound engineer and delivered a great remaster.
Much improved over the 1999 versions.

Original mixes on this Sony 2012 release.
Not brickwalled,

This IS the version you need!
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Rory Gallagher's Top Priority may be somewhat one-dimensional compared to the majority of his catalog but when all of the songs are this strong and the performances are this riveting, it's hard to not give this 5 stars. If you like your rock n' roll hard, this is where to go. As evidenced throughout his career, Rory could write a memorable song in any genre he chose. On Top Priority, Rory focused on hard and heavy blues rock and all of the tracks kick tail. Several of the songs are fast paced and are balanced by a slower but still hard hitting track. Just when you think one of his country or folk songs will rear its head, a heavier tune emerges. "Follow Me" is a raw and wicked opener and the working class anthem "At The Depot", the scorching "Just Hit Town", and the soaring "Wayward Child" follow this same path while showing off Rory's excellent slide work. The hard blues of "Off The Handle" is a killer as are the more melodic "Bad Penny", the slow and grinding "Keychain", and the catchy "Public Enemy No. 1". "Philby" is another excellent track with its Eastern sounding lines, especially at the end. The bonus tracks included in the reissue are also strong, particularly "The Watcher" with its darker mood and its great surf guitar riff (a reviewer compared this to Dick Dale and I completely agree) near the end of the verses. All told, Top Priority is high priority whether you love Rory or just love great hard blues-rock. Highly recommended.
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