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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Rory Gallagher Irish Tour 1974 and other Live Albums April 20, 2013

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Found these on youtube recently and for a Rory Gallagher fan like myself its fantastic.
I only ever saw him the once but most teenage aspiring rockers worshiped Gallagher. I even got into the habit of wearing brown cords as Gallagher had worn them so they must be cool. Of course ‘Follow Me’ was the theme tune to the immensely popular ‘MT USA’ and probably the best theme tune ever on RTE. It wasn’t just Gallagher himself that was the attraction but Gerry McEvoy, his curly haired sidekick on bass, was so full of energy jumping and bopping around.
I’ve quite a few of Gallaghers albums and funnily enough I got my cassette copy of ‘Top Priority’ down from the box of tapes in the attic to have a listen to….and my nine year old daughter asked me what it was. She’d never seen a tape before!!!
For me it was the ‘Live in Europe’ album that was probably my favourite, although ‘Stage Struck’ came pretty close. The studio albums just lacked that something that the Live ones had. I bought the ‘lost’ album ‘Notes from San Francisco’ and whilst the album itself is good its the bonus Live CD that was the real treat. I could go on about Gallagher but I wont.

Irish Tour 1974 ( Full concert, Remastered)

Historical piece of footage Irish tour 1974
Set List:
1. Walk On Hot Coals
2. Tatoo’d Lady
3. Who’s That Coming?
4. A Million Miles Away
5. Going To My Home Town
6. Cradle Rock
7. As The Crow Flies
8. Hands Off
9. Bullfrog Blues

Live in Europe 1972
1. Messin’ With The Kid
2. Laundromat
3. I Could’ve Had Religion
4 Pistol Slapper Blues
5 Going To My Home Town
6 In Your Town
7 What In The World
8 Hoodoo Man
9 Bullfrog Blues

Stage Struck 1980
1. Shinkicker
2 Wayward Child
3 Brute Force & Ignorance
4 Moonchild
5 Bad Penny
6 Keychain
7 Follow Me
8 Bought and Sold
9 The Last Of The Independents
10 Shadow Play


1. Michael Carley - April 20, 2013

I only saw him the once as well, when he opened the 1992 Temple Bar Blues Festival, with a concert on College Green. I was into blues at the time, but Gallagher had passed me by. He stuck to straight blues, but `for old times’ sake’ played Tattoo’d Lady.

I went into the Sound Cellar the next day and allowed myself to be sold a couple of albums.


2. WorldbyStorm - April 20, 2013

I am really envious that you both saw him live. I’ve always loved Gallagher’s stuff. One of the first albums I had on cassette was Photo Finish, and while by no means his best there was something great and earthy about his approach.

Michael, I know exactly what you mean about hearing him and getting a number of albums. I don’t think any single one does him justice.

Great pick IELB.

BTW, Philby, though it’s not on the above, is an interesting song. He spoke about it here..



Michael Carley - April 20, 2013

He was also quite proud of having written a Dashell Hammet based track. I think the reason I like him so much more than Clapton and the like is the lack of pretension: he loved blues and he played it, and he didn’t get sucked into a pseudo-intellectual, quite condescending attitude to `black music’, that would remind you of Myles doing aesthetes.

He certainly never expressed the kind of political views that Clapton did.


WorldbyStorm - April 20, 2013

Yep, he was really relaxed and it’s an overused word but genuine.

Oh, Clapton. What a train wreck he is. I can’t listen to his stuff because of it.


FergusD - April 22, 2013

I saw him live too, in Finland of all places! 1975.


3. Jolly Red Giant - April 20, 2013

Now you’re sucking diesel 🙂


WorldbyStorm - April 20, 2013



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