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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 (13 Jun. 2005)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: SACD
  • Label: Bmg
  • ASIN: B00080CL04
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,986 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Big Guns
2. Tattoo'd Lady
3. What's Going On
4. Sinner Boy
5. Used To Be
6. Bullfrog Blues
7. Calling Card
8. The Loop
9. A Million Miles Away
10. Shadow Play
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Lonesome Highway
2. I Want You To Be Happy
3. Born On the Wrong Side Of Time
4. Just The Smile
5. I’m Not Awake Yet
6. Messin’ With the Kid
7. Daughter Of The Everglades
8. Edged In Blue
9. Bad Penny
10. Bourbon
See all 13 tracks on this disc

Product Description

For a career that was cut short by illness and a premature death, guitarist, singer, and songwriter Rory Gallagher accomplished a great deal in the blues-music world. He was born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, Irish Republic, on March 2, 1948. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Cork City in the south, and at age nine he became fascinated with American blues and folk singers he heard on the radio. An avid record collector, he had a wide range of influences, including Leadbelly, Buddy Guy, Freddie King, Albert King, Muddy Waters, and John Lee Hooker. Gallagher would always try to mix some simple country-blues songs into his recordings.

Gallagher began his recording career after moving to London, when he formed a trio called Taste. He began performing under his own name in 1971, after recording his 1970 debut, Rory Gallagher. Gallagher passed away from complications owing to liver transplant surgery on June 14, 1995, at age 47. Big Guns is the first ever best-of collection of his works and is a great introduction to his unparalleled prowess as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Todd on 10 July 2005
Format: Audio CD
Whoever give the go ahead to release this album must need their head or maybe ears examined.
Is this money talking ? something that Rory never cared about that much.
What a blight on the genius that was Rory Gallagher.
There is certainly nothing enhanced about this release and anyone coming to Rory G for the first time would be quickly turned off by what is probaly one of the worst Rory releases of all time.
For all the high tech jiggery pokery poured into this it falls far short of almost every other Rory release.
Agreeing with another reviewer I have to say that the remixed Tatoo'd Lady intro is apalling and pales into insignificance compared to the original.
Often Rory's guitar solos are set too far back in the mix and his power and skill are not heard for what they truly are.
As fairly hardcore Rory fan for nearly thirty years I would have to say give this one a miss, and if you want to hear the true Rory Gallagher genius purchase almost anything else by him.
I returned mine the following day, something I have done many times with other artists but never with Rory.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mr. I. Stephen VINE VOICE on 19 July 2005
Format: Audio CD
I'm glad it's not just me - I've also just sold my copy in disgust at the remastering / remeddling going on here ( I can't even really notice that there's any discernible difference between the three different options available to someone with an SACD player ) The tracks off ' Jinx ' for instance sound like they were recorded in a sock and on others, Rory sounds like he's singing in another room.
Also, I know that it's a purely personal, subjective thing but I'd say that a definitive 'best of' that might introduce the man's music to new ears is not the place to wheel out substandard live recordings /alternative versions of songs.
I'd have left the Taste stuff off altogether ( bearing in mind that an excellent compilation was issued a couple of years back ) and put in more off the first three albums. Nothing off 'Live in Europe' ? Nothing off 'Irish Tour' and precious little off the truly masterful 'Deuce' ??

In the words of the great man " What's goin' on " !!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By jbufka2 on 8 July 2005
Format: Audio CD
First of all, let me start by saying that I am a huge Rory fan and have been for thirty plus years. I have all the original CD's and all of the remastered CD's issued over the last few years. The only reason I've given this collection two stars at all is because it's Rory! The 5.1 surround mix is a joke. It pales in comparison to the recent 5.1 Elton John titles and similar SCAD's and DVD-A's where there was some actual effort put forth into really doing 5.1 right. The 5.1 mix here is hardly worth the bother and isn't any better than many of the very early Silverline 5.1 titles (I'm sure there are a few who understand what I mean by this). As far as the two channel SACD layer goes, it is overly "hot" on a number of the tracks (a few of the slower acoustic tracks sound fine however) and always sounds like it's about to clip and distort, if it isn't already. I also hate the newly mixed intro on "Tattoo Lady", my all time favorite Rory song. I haven't listened to the regular redbook CD layer yet but if it's anything like the mess this disc is in both stereo and 5.1 SACD I suspect this disc will not be played very often (another reviewer has noted the regular stereo layer seems to use a mixed down version of the horrible 5.1 tracks for the stereo CD mix as well but I can't comment on that yet). It's a darn good thing I've got all the original CD's still! Shame on you Mr. Donal Gallagher for this. This collection could've been so much better with some time, care, and proper attention paid to an artist that truly deserves it.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Wayward Child on 12 Oct. 2005
Format: Audio CD
A truly great guitarist, singer and songwriter, an enormous catalogue of excellent material to choose from, every one a winner, what could possibly go wrong?

Well something did, and badly in this case. There was no way they could fit everyone's favourites onto two CDs, and some people may be disappointed that theirs weren't included, but that's not the problem, these are all good songs, because Rory didn't do bad ones. There is nothing substandard about Rory's material. Unfortunately I can't say the same for this recording.

It's been badly (and unnecessarily) re-mixed, and in the process most of the vibrancy and feeling, the tangible sincerity of his performance, the very things that made Rory so unique, have been lost. The raw edge which Rory managed to capture so well in his original productions has been smoothed out, diluted, and 'dumbed-down' presumeably in order to appeal to a wider audience. And it doesn't work. Some tracks seem to have been turned inside-out, additional background instrumentation being brought to the fore, where it is out of place, solos pushed into the background, intros chopped and changed. Admittedly not all tracks are as badly affected, and overall Big Guns may still sound okay, but Rory never sounded just 'okay'.

This compilation doesn't do him justice. If you haven't heard him before, I'd say start with any one of his original albums, you won't be disappointed. If you've already heard this one, don't make any judgements until you've heard his music the way he intended it to be heard.

If these tracks had been the original or recently re-mastered ones I'd have given it 5 stars without hesitation. As it is I can't give it any more than 3.

Edit: I must add that the above is based on listening to this CD in stereo. I have been assured that it sounds much better in 5.1 surround sound, but as I haven't heard it, I can't comment on it.
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