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Eagle Vision EREDV473 (2006)
Legendary blues rocker at his best ...

Rory Gallagher

A legendary blues guitarist at a legendary festival, and this is not just one performance, but the definitive collection. Not only is Gallagher on form over the various performances, but there's two discs of great material here.

All the other Montreux DVDs will leave you feeling short changed after this compilation.

Disc 1 kicks off with 5 tracks from 1975, including 'Tattoo'd Lady'. The piano is funky and wild, and fits in well, and Gallagher as a guitarist and singer just seems happy, natural and in his own environment, happy to talk to the audience with a smile. Muddy Waters' 'Garbage Man' is another classic blues tune too.

7 tracks from 1977 feature 'I Take What I Want' and 'Pistol Slapper Blues'.

10 more tracks over 1979 and 1985 are all classic Rory, the late great Irish blues master.

From boogie and slide and rock'n'roll to mellow blues and back again, you'd think disc 1 is a definitive Gallagher collection in its own right, which it is.

But move onto disc 2, and there's 12 tracks of an entire set from 1994, with the bonus of some acoustic tracks from the 70s and 80s.

Brilliant music, blues rock at its best. A collection of Gallagher at his best. And the set comes with a well annotated booklet. A lesson in music, presentation and value, with a total running time of 4½ hours.


Review by Joe Geesin

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