RORY GALLAGHER - Blues (2019)
Celebrating what would have been 50 years since he begun his solo career, Blues collects together rare and unreleased recordings of Rory playing his favourite blues material from his vaults. This is the first collection to be put together by the estate since Universal reissued his solo catalogue in a massive campaign last year. Ranging from never heard before tracks to special guest sessions, alongside lost radio sessions, this album uncovers Rory’s love of the blues throughout his solo career from 1971 right through to 1994. Formats include a 16 track edition pressed on single CD / 2LP version and a deluxe 36-track three-CD set. The deluxe is comprised of 90 percent unreleased material and features performances with the likes of Muddy Waters, Albert King, Jack Bruce, Lonnie Donegan and Chris Barber. It also comes with an extensive booklet comprising previously unseen pictures plus an essay by award winning writer Jas Obrecht.
This 3CD set from the vaults of the Gallagher estate’s tape archive encompasses it all and whilst it misses so much it really does capture the essence of the man split as it is into three sets – ‘Electric’ (CD1); ‘Acoustic’ (CD2) and ‘Live’ (CD3). Best for fans though is that this is essentially Rory playing his favourite material and all of it is either rare and/or unreleased.
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