Review: Rory Gallagher – ‘Blues’

“Muddy Waters song”. Disc three, ‘Live Blues’, features the same amount of tracks as both preceding discs, but as this is live, each is stretched out and the running time tips over the hour mark. It presents Gallagher in all his unbridled glory as he steamrollers through tracks recorded in Glasgow, Sheffield and Newcastle, as well as some choice cuts from TV recordings. The seven minute-plus version of ‘What In The World’, recorded in Glasgow in 1982, is nothing short of staggering. ‘Messin’ With The Kid’ is lifted from a Sheffield show five years earlier, and has the band really flexing their collective muscles. ‘Born Under A Bad Sign’ is an unreleased track from the famous German TV show Rockpalast, recorded in 1991 with Gallagher lining up alongside legendary bassist Jack Bruce. As you might expect, Mr Bruce is way up high in the mix, but Gallagher goes toe-to-toe with him, and the end result is a perfect example of improvisation, and the sound of two esteemed players refusing to go with a cookie-cover run through of a blues classic. ‘Blues’ is lovingly curated by the Gallagher family, a timely reminder of the immeasurable talents of Rory Gallagher. Why anyone would bother with the shorter 15 track single disc version is a mystery, splash the extra cash and go with the deluxe version, it’s money well spent. Available now through Chess/UMC, more information here. Review – Dave]]>

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