Top Priority Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Import
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"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.
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.Read more ›
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.
This IS the version you need!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fantastic album. Love it. This, Live In Europe and Against The Grain, are must own albums.Published 5 months ago by Russ T. Butner
What can I say? It's Rory at his best!
A great album through and through.
Rory Gallagher loved this record when I was a kid, and it still one one the greatest rock and blues guitar players ever. buy it you will not be sorry.Published 13 months ago by cateyes
Lives up to its title, and "Follow Me" , "Bad Penny", and "Philby"are among so many gems on this recording. Read morePublished 20 months ago by D. J. Bates