RORY GALLAGHER - Top Priority (1979)  & JINX (1982)  [Remastered 2017]
Top Priority is Rory Gallagher's tenth album. It was his fourth and final studio album for Chrysalis Records both in the UK and USA. The album was the second with his revised power trio band. Like the previous album Photo-Finish, Top Priority is a return to hard rock. The ballads, acoustic and folk influences that were seen on albums such as Calling Card are replaced by more conventional but powerful blues rock. The album title reflects the pressure that Gallagher often felt regarding the business end of making music. After the release of Photo-Finish Gallagher's band had a successful tour of the United States that resulted in good press both in the states and at home. Chrysalis was eager to keep the momentum going and encouraged Rory to release another studio album quickly, telling him they would make it their "Top Priority" and actively promote it. To remind the executives of their promise Gallagher used the phrase for the album title. The song "Philby" was based on Kim Philby who was a famous cold war British double agent for the Soviets. The song is an example of Gallagher's fascination with men on the outside of society. For the guitar solo on that song, Gallagher utilized a Coral electric sitar that he borrowed from Pete Townshend to give a feeling of the Eastern Bloc.
Rory Gallagher's ninth studio album Jinx can't reach the quality of some of his best albums but this one is an enjoyable blues rock album too. Album has some perfect blues rock like "Big Guns" for example. One of my personal favourites by Rory. "Jinxed" is another one I enjoy very much. But then there are some songs that doesn't rock so well as the others. That's pretty rare for Rory because his albums are usually very solid and you won't find any fillers. That isn't the case with Jinx unfortunately because there are some flaws in here like "The Devil Made Me Do It" and "Signals". After this album Gallagher took a few years break from releasing albums because his next studio album was Defender from 1987.
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