Maybe his best studio recording and one of the finest and excellent bluesrock records around.
Liner notes give a small impression:
- "... Rory was keen 'Deuce' would capture the raw energy of a live performance."
- A quote by Johny Marr: "There was one day when I was playing along with the 'Deuce' album which was a complete turning point for me as a guitar player".
Although the album was recorded in 1971, 'Deuce' still sounds fresh and up to date. As listener, you can hear and feel that the record was made under very positive vibrations. Rory sings and plays his clear bluesrock on 'Deuce' with passion, and that's what we wanted to hear. 'Deuce' contains superb various acoustic, electric and slide guitar playing.
The record contains 10 different kinds of bluesrock songs, no track sounds the same or as a copy of an other track on the record. Two acoustic songs, one the more traditional and rather heavy blues style 'Don't know where I'm going' and the second 'Out of my mind', the rather lighter and fast, finger picking one. A jazzy-bluesy influenced 'There's a light', an electric Chicago blues style 'Should've learnt my lesson, 'Deuce' is a complete record for different kinds of bluesrock styles. Pure, enthusiastic slide guitar playing needed? Check out the track 'In your town'. Or check out the full sounding superb 'Crest of a wave', a track with a great drive. Opens with fine guitar cords, it is quickly backed by a drum and bass sounds that fill the whole song, therefor it gives Rory the opportunity to show his slide guitar playing in two great slide solo's. Listen to the song's full sound.
'Used to Be', well Mojo, issue nr. 59 wrote the following words about this song: "Punchy poprocker with terrific hook, "Better get used to being my used to be..." Had is been a single, it would have been as ubiquitous as All Right Now." I do not need to say more.
'Deuce' an enthusiastic, fresh and excellent bluesrock album