This CD re-release confused me at first as I did not recognise the cover and I thought it must be unreleased material (You can find the original artwork on-line and use it instead of this if you buy the down-load version or upload your CD to iTunes)
This four piece version of Rory Gallagher's band was, for me, the ultimate Rory Gallagher Band. The ever present Gerry McAvoy - bass, Rod De'Ath - Drums and Lou Martin on keyboard. I saw Rory live 5 times and it was always a brilliant live experience. Clearly on live album, however good, can capture the physical experience of being present but this comes as close as most.
Kicking off with Cradle Rock from Tattoo
and including the excellent Walk On Hot Coals from my favourite Rory Gallagher album Blueprint
. There is the rather too close for comfort Too Much Alcohol which I still find rather difficult to listen to but in all this is a great live album. You can also enjoy this with additional backstage footage in the DVD Rory Gallagher - Irish Tour [DVD] [2000
Rory Gallagher was one of the great live performers he seemed to live for his music and was ill-served by the music industry. He seemed to be at his most alive and happy when performing and although I wonder about the demons that feuled his alcohol dependence, I would rather celebrate the life and work of a great musician. Although none of his records can truly capture the joy of attending a live concert this is pretty close.