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Photo Finish [Import]

Rory Gallagher Audio CD
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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 (29 Aug 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B00000G6NI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,885 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Shin Kicker
2. Brute Force And Ignorance
3. Cruise On Out
4. Cloak And Dagger
5. Overnight Bag
6. Shadow Play
7. Mississippi Sheiks
8. Last Of The Independents
9. Fuel To The Fire
10. Early Warning
11. Juke Box Annie

Product Description

(1978 'Strange Music') (50:32/11)Medium 1
  1. Shinkicker
  2. Brute Force & Ignorance
  3. Cruise On Out
  4. Cloak & Dagger
  5. Overnight Bag
  6. Shadow Play
  7. The Mississippi Sheiks
  8. The Last Of The Independants
  9. Fuel To The Fire
  10. Early Warning
  11. Jukebox Annie

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Discovered all over again 1 Oct 2005
By S. Hammond VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
My Dad had this on vinyl LP when it was originally released. I liked it then (even thought I was 6 years of age).
Then I flirted with dance music and rap, and pop as I grew up.
Started getting back into PROPER music when I took up the guitar, and was starting to buy on cd all those decent rock-albums my dad had previously had on LP.
I bought this one in the early part of the year...its now October, and it has not been out of my car, and now I am quickly purchasing all I can of Rory Gallagher's back catalogue.
This is one of his rockier albums, and I for one do not believe there is a bad track on here, including many different styles, from straight forward rock, to his more bluesy stuff, and his great slide guitar sound is also on here.
It's only since I have been playing guitar that I realised what an absolutely fantastic guitarist Rory was, had his own sound completely, and I now think I would recognise his sound anywhere.
My particular favourite on here is the first track "shin-kicker", but only just...too many great ones to really say for sure.
The rest of his band are playing tight, and its one album that benefits from really playing loud.
Its a shame that Rory is no longer with us, and I really wish I just could have been that bit older to have seen him perform live.
I am just glad I have discovered him now.
I can thouroughly recommend this cd, sounding a lot fresher than its 27 years of age. Shame a lot of todays music doesnt sound this good even after a year!
After you have bought this cd...I am sure you will (like me) want to find out more about Rory's music.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock tinged with the blues 19 July 2001
Format:Audio CD
As well as spawning two of what would become two of Rorys best live tracks "Shinkicker " & "Shadow Play", Photo Finish also reflects on the bluesmans ability to talk about pain. The agony of heartbreak in "Fuel to the Fire " is mirrored by the wails of the guitar in the song. My own favourite has always been "Overnight Bag" -" reflecting the price Rory had to pay for his constant touring - a sort of Highway Child for the 70's. What I also like is the obvious pleasure that he had in recording songs about things he liked - Cloak and Dagger is inspired by his love of 1950's/ 60's gangster films. He pays homage to early bluesmen in Mississipi Sheiks, another outstanding song. While it was great to hear the extra tracks, my only concern was that they possibly diluted what is an excellent album - but I'm just being picky - Photo Finish is an excellent introduction to the many layers that Rorys music has to offer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another side to the Bluesman 8 Dec 2009
By Driza
Format:Audio CD
1979- just 5 years after the incendiary Irish Tour.Rory G has decided to join, or has been nudged toward, the mainstream.This and its follow up and companion piece "Top Priority",along with In Concert TV appearances was the G-Man's foray into slightly more commercial territory.Heaven help us he even released an EP from this (on TEN INCH VINYL!!!)and later would release singles.So a sell-out then? Leaving his roots behind?

NAAAAHHHH!

This is great stuff, played with love and that rarely successful technique of making complicated intricate guitar work sound simple.

Shin Kicker plays like he's truly taking bends at speed on a high powered motorcycle,accelerating away and leaving the pretenders-literally and figuratively-in his wake.
Brute Force and Ignorance-about a rock n roll band that come to town, blow most of the townsfolk away and then leave 'em pining for more-is a romp, good humoured and very recognitive.
Shadow Play- ohhh a real classic this one.The guitar intro has now passed into legend as instantly recognisable, the soloing a masterclass of fretwork.
Overnight Bag is where this new found maturity reaches its absolute peak.It is beautiful,economic and very soulful,the guitar work soars and dives and there is not a note out of place, or too long, or that doesn't deserve to be there.
Gone was the youthful fire and "sparks coming from the fingers" of the old Rory, replaced by a wiser, more adult man who, but for the tragedy that was to befall him, could have been around for years just getting better with age.His Live act was still a wonder of the modern age-indeed he was untouchable at his best-but this was the beginning of a new Rory, one which sadly never stayed around long enough to show us how great he might have been.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still brilliant 12 May 2012
By Vixx H VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I loved Rory Gallagher when he was alive but I was a little too young to see him live or even to afford to buy his albums so being able to buy this on CD took me right back to my youth, when I used to sneak into my brothers bedroom and play his albums when he wasn't about, only now I can relax and enjoy the music without being yelled at. If you're an aging rocker or just an any age fan, get this CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What more can I say? 26 July 2012
Format:Audio CD
Ovo je prvi album i kontakt s Gallagherom!Davno bilo i ostalo!Od tada ja sam zaludjen njegovom glazbom!Pomalo podcjenjen od nekih i to nepravedno!Rory je bio covjek ljudi,s dusom,njegova glazba govori vise nego on sam i on je legenda!Pokretac i snaga u mom zivotu!HVALA! P.S. R.I.P.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...Feel The Heat Of The Fire..." 24 Sep 2012
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
*** THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE 2012 CD REISSUE ***

"Photo-Finish" 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 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...

Released 24 September 2012 in the UK (9 October 2012 in the USA) - "Photo-Finish" is on Sony/Capo/Legacy 88725461462 and comes in a card digipak rather than a jewel case (50:11 minutes total playing time). The original vinyl album was released October 1978 in the UK and USA on Chrysalis CHR 1170 (it charted at number 116 in the States) and was his 3rd studio LP for the British label - continuing on from the blisteringly good run of "Against The Grain" in 1975 and "Calling Card" in 1976.

SOUND:
When "Photo-Finish" was first re-issued on CD by Da Capo in September 1998 - the tapes were remixed and remastered by Colin Failey and Tony Arnold - giving it a sound some found a little shrill. This time the original tapes have been returned to by ANDY PEARCE and MATT WORTHAM and remastered as 'untampered' versions in August 2012 at Wired Masters Studios in London. They've done a great job - the sound is very clear and muscular - still full of piss and vinegar for sure but less showy than before.

PACKAGING:
The foldout 3-way inlay of 1998 has been replaced with a 2012 12-page booklet that restores the original artwork.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed it.
Published 16 days ago by K T Carpenter
5.0 out of 5 stars Photo Finish - Rory Gallagher
An amazing album... Really raucous and very raspy guitar lines... This has to be played loud in order to fully appreciate how masterful this man was..... Masterpiece.....
Published 2 months ago by Mr. G. Vranjkovic
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
This is Rory Gallagher's best LP in my opinion. More commercial than a lot of his stuff which is probably why I like it so much. Some truly great tracks.
Published 3 months ago by SIMON
5.0 out of 5 stars Photo Finish
Its Rory Gallagher, its brilliant, I can't praise this man highly enough, I have all his CD's and listen to them almost constantly, I haven't heard a bad song, haven't heard... Read more
Published 5 months ago by D. J. Wilden
4.0 out of 5 stars A great guitar-based album.
Brought this recently on CD as a Christmas present for a friend. I have owned it on vinyl for quite a few years now and had revisited it recently. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Keith Plant
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to like?
Another fantastic album, love every track! As a new fan of Rory Gallagher I can't believe I hadn't discovered him before.
Published 5 months ago by Miss JV Winterbone
4.0 out of 5 stars Great lp ok re issue
My fav RG lp always a 5 star recommendation from me! This re issue does nt sound as good as an early press of this lp for a start. It's still pretty good though! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Alison E. O'Connor
5.0 out of 5 stars rory gallagher 'photo finish'
i first bought this album on vinyl when it was first released many years ago.at the time i was of the opinion that this was his best album to date. Read more
Published 12 months ago by peejay
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gift
Never heard of the bloke but my brother in law asked for this as a present and he loves it, so you'll have to take his word for it!
Published 13 months ago by Ravey Davey
5.0 out of 5 stars exellent
I agree to the purchase, with the management and the service they provide. are recommended for all types of purchase.
Published 14 months ago by leandro gomez
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