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Defender [Vinyl] Original recording remastered


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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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  • Vinyl (23 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Music On Vinyl
  • ASIN: B00ETIT50A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 394,657 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Kickback City
2. Loanshark Blues
3. Continental Op
4. I Ain't No Saint
5. Failsafe Day
6. Road To Hell
7. Doing Time
8. Smear Campaign
9. Don't Start Me To Talkin'
10. Seven Days

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180 gram audiophile vinyl / Printed inner sleeve / Remastered

About the Artist

It never took Rory Gallagher a longer time to release a new album. Five years after 'Jinx' (also on vinyl) 'Defender' was released. Although it took so long, the quality of this Blues-Rock offering is equal to his stellar '70s albums like Top Priority and Photo-Finish (both on vinyl). Album opener 'Kickback City' could be a song from Bad Company with heavy pounding guitars, but also 'Failsafe Day' as well as 'Road To Hell' are by-the-book-crunch-rockers. The blazing riff in 'Continental Op' and the swampy, less abrasive 'Ain't No Saint' complete this amazing but unfortunately less 'hyped' albums. This is a must-have for real Rory Gallagher fans.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Simon Uglow VINE VOICE on 18 Dec. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Rory Gallagher's music introduced me to the blues, and although he was on the rock side of the idiom, he never lost sight of his roots. This offering, the first on his own label, displayed various facets of Rory's music, that will be familiar to fans the world over. His playing was always top notch, whilst the voice does occasionally struggle (perhaps evidence of the lifestyle?), but overall it is a strong outing. Favourite tracks are Loanshark Blues, a strong nod in the direction of John Lee Hooker; Continental Op, dedicated to Dashiel Hammett, a blues rock track about a private detective; and Dont Start Me to Talking, a classic blues number skillfully abetted with some excellent harp playing. Rory is sadly missed, and this showed him close to his best.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Dec. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This was Rory's so called come back album released originaly in 1987 following a 5 year long gap after Jinx. In fact Rory had never been away , but had played lower key gigs in the intervening period and had scraped an already recorded album.
The 5 year gap had made Rory more reflective and Defender sees a 39 year old writing in a bluesy and wryer hard rock style with an increased penchant for writing tough film noir lyrics. The outsider, the disposessed and the loner are are themes which crop up on this album.
It sees a return to a simpler style ( the album made No 1 in the UK Independent charts)and the man's return to full scale tours saw much of the material forming the staple of live sets over the next few years. Standout tracks include Continental Op, Loanshark Blues and the blues duo of I Aint Know Saint and Sonny Boy Williamson's Don't Start Me to Talking. One acoustic ( raw bottleneck - Seven days) track lightens the rest of the rockier element of the album.
The tracks don't have the celtic guitar resonance of much of Rory's work but many consider this to be his best album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Giuliano Marco on 23 Sept. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This version is in fact the digipak one to match the late summer releases of Stage Struck and Fresh Evidence, and finally completes Donal Gallagher's excellent set of updated remasters.

Rory's other remastered albums were released in two batches of six, and are all worth buying to complete the set:

Photo Finish, Against Grain, Calling Card, Top Priority, Blueprint and Jinx.

Irish Tour '74, Tattoo, Blueprint, Live In Europe, Deuce and Rory Gallagher.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MR JEREMY BIRRELL on 2 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Rory was one of the greatest blues rock guitarists of all time. His virtuosity was simply stunning, as are most of his albums. This album is no exception, it's excellent; has everything from acoustic slide on Seven days, a nod in the direction of texas blues on Seems To Me, brilliant harp on Sonny Boy Williamson's Don't Start Me to Talking and lots of more blues rock based tracks.
If you're reading this review, buy this album; in fact buy them all (except Jinx).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alison E. O'Connor on 2 Nov. 2013
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As with 'fresh evidence' this new re issue is nearly as good as the orig release sonically but 'cheaps out' with a release that does'nt include the printed lyrics sheet on the inner bag! A cheapskate reissue! Better off with the the new cd versions to be honest which are excellent all round. Seek out the orig pressing which even had a bonus 7 "!
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I bought 'Live in Europe' in 2002 and I bought 'Defender' in late 2011 which, in my opinion, is his best work.

It rocks from start to finish with the highlights being 'Road to Hell', with its Stones-like riff, and the R & B soaked bonus track, 'Seems to me'. 'Failsafe Day' is another raw rocker and the production throughout is first-class, with prominent bass and drums.

Highly recommended, if you love raw and hard rock'n'roll Blues.
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By Leni on 23 Jan. 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Used to think I had every thing Rory Gallagher ever put on vinyl, since his passing alot more seems to be out there and being put on CD and defender is now added to my collection
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