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In the years that have passed since Rory Gallagher’s death, aged 47 on June 14 1995, his true stature has become ever more clear. This soft spoken Irishman, characterised by his flowing locks and trademark working man stage clothes, was far from ordinary. Gallagher was a self taught virtuoso who forged a musical revolution in his native land, shunned the traps of fame and stardom yet ... Read more in Amazon's Rory Gallagher Store

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  • Audio CD (22 Oct. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Music On Vinyl
  • ASIN: B0095DC0C4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,308 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Let Me In
2. Cross Me Off Your List
3. Ain't Too Good
4. Souped-Up Ford
5. Bought And Sold
6. I Take What I Want
7. Lost At Sea
8. All Around Man
9. Out On The Western Plain
10. At The Bottom

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180 gram audiophile vinyl

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Music On Vinyl proudly presents the second batch of classic Rory Gallagher albums. Rory Gallagher is perhaps the most important Blues-Rock multi-instrumentalist of the last century. The Irish guitar virtuoso played his instrument with great dedication and vigour. His live performances are the stuff of legend, and his legacy left a myriad of crucial albums. 1975 found Rory at the absolute top of his game and in sparkling form both in the studio and on stage. The next seven years saw the release of these five outstanding records: Against The Grain (1975), Calling Card (1976), Photo-Finish (1978), Top Priority (1979) and Jinx (1982).

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Paul "NS1000" on 29 Sept. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I feel like I've waited half my life for this. I bought this album just before Christmas 75 and for me it holds a special place in my life at that time.

I bought the 99 remaster, played it once, thought it was awful and never played it again still prefering to play my worn out vinyl.

So when I heard this was being released hoped that it would at last be what it should have been all along. And it is. it's got the sound, drive, life and it's not that crappy remix which I had great delight in destroying.

Whoever had the thought to release this version thank you, you've made an old man happy.

Now to buy the rest and bin the 1999 crap.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Philip Baird on 25 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I sense a much welcome reappraisal of the great man's work is taking place, and there are now some genuinely wonderful releases coming out that capture this lovable Irish bluesman at his best. Looking through the reviews I notice that this mid-70's album seems to be undervalued in amongst the better known recordings. I think that this arguably marks the end of his peak creative years and that although he continued to be an amazing live performer, his records never quite matched this quality again. Against the Grain has a real crackling electricity and vibrancy to it and the material is very strong from start to finish. There is also an accessibility and commercial spark to this album that should have broken him to a new and bigger audience, and if the BBC ever do release the OGWT concert that showcased these tracks then you'll see Rory at the very top of his game. He really pulled out all the stops on Against the Grain and captured a great sound from the studio. The keyboards of Lou Martin really gelled with Rory's guitar on this album and genuinely added to the palette of sounds and moods. There is a whiplash energy and urgency to the uptempo numbers and the soloing is concise and never outstays its welcome. Out on the Western Plain perfectly captures the myth and mystery of the old West and repeated listenings reveal depths to the song that can easily escape the casual listen. Perhaps the highlight of the album is All Around Man and Gallagher is all over the song in a real display of showmanship that captures the performative element of blues so often lacking in other white bluesmen. This album really is Gallagher off the leash in the studio and is a riot from its opening bars, to the closing plaintive cry and sincerity of At The Bottom, one of his most affecting songs and emotive vocals. No Gallagher fan should be without this.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Sept. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
*** THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE 2012 CD REISSUE ***

"Against The Grain" is one of five new 2012 CD, Download and Vinyl reissues covering Rory Gallagher's 'studio' album period at Chrysalis Records between 1975 and 1979. His Polydor Label years (1971 to 1974) were released in full in January 2012 (see list below). The next set of studio and live album reissues are due in early 2013 - all supervised by Donal Gallagher - his brother, tour manager and keeper of the flame.

So what's different? In a nutshell - cheaper price, restored artwork with upgraded packaging and 2012 remastering from the original tapes. Here are the finite details...

1. Let Me In
2. Cross Me Off Your List
3. Ain't Too Good
4. Souped-Up Ford
5. Bought & Sold
6. I Take What I Want [Side 2]
7. Lost At Sea
8. All Around Man Blues
9. Out On The Western Plain
10. At The Bottom

Released 24 September 2012 in the UK (9 October 2012 in the USA) - "Against The Grain" is on Sony/Capo/Legacy 88725461492 and comes in a card digipak rather than a jewel case (49:28 minutes total playing time). The original vinyl album was released October 1975 in the UK and USA on Chrysalis CHR 1098 (it charted at number 121 in the States). "Against The Grain" marked his debut for the British label - and it was a proper belter.

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When "Against The Grain" was first re-issued on CD by Da Capo in February 1999 - the tapes were remixed and remastered by Tony Arnold - giving it a sound some found a little shrill. That first reissue also altered the original artwork in a terrible way.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Duncan Beattie on 1 Jun. 2005
Format: Audio CD
I first heard of Rory Gallagher when I saw footage of him from "The Old Grey Whistle Test" which was recorded in 1976 (when I was aged one). The track was a fast rocker with a memorable riff so good my friends played it in their band. Although we did not know the name of the song! Then one day recognised it being played from a pub jukebox which featured this album.
Anyway, the track was Let Me In which is a great opener to Against The Grain. Souped Up Ford is also a super charged rocker and follows a Gallagher tradition in singing about speed (such as Country Mile).
The stand out track for me though is All Around Man, an urgent blues rocker that begins with Gallagher screaming and crying together with just his electric guitar until the band kicks in with a stop-start blues rhythm. Fantastic!
A great acoustic moment is Gallagher's version of Leadbelly's "Out On the Western Plain," with its combination of Indian chords, American Delta folk and cowboy "yippee-ki-yay" chorus. Bought and Sold, with Congas is the hit single that never was, and Gallagher records a playful cover of Sam and Dave's I Take What I Want.
Presumably the album was named Against The Grain as Rory as remaining true to the music he loved while his contempories were moving into more commerical sounds. This is one of Rory's finest, matched only by Calling Card and the two early live albums, and features a good mix of rock, delta blues and country.
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