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Taste Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (21 Aug 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Spectrum
  • ASIN: B0000074CX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,112 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blister On The Moon
2. Leaving Blues
3. Sugar Mama
4. Hail
5. Born On the Wrong Side of Time
6. Dual Carriageway Pain
7. Same Old Story
8. Catfish
9. I'm Moving On

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File: RORY GALLAGHER. Debut studio album from his late 60s /early 70s 3-piece rock/blues outfit

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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who is God! I Wonder? 28 Aug 2001
Format:Audio CD
If you always thought of Eric Clapton as God and Jimi Hendrix brilliant then listen to Taste. Here in the first album by Taste there is Rory Gallagher's masterful guitar playing, not only electric but acoustic and bottleneck,John Wilson and Richard McCracken lay a good solid base for Rory's playing and vocals. If you like Cream or Hendrix you will love Taste. Six out of the nine tracks are written by Rory who was only nineteen at the time. Once you have heard this Taste album you will want to hear the others. Rory Gallagher was not only a great guitarist but was equally at home with harmonica and saxaphone. I happened on Taste for the first time in 1970 on one of those days when you have decided to buy an album but don't know what, and it was the first one I looked at on the rack so I took a gamble and it paid off. Standout tracks are Blister on the Moon ,I'm moving on and Same Old Story. A CD to put on at the beginning and listen till it ends with nothing to skip over. So where guitarists are concered who is God I wonder?
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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Like other reviewers, I saw Rory at a festival and was hooked. It was Woburn Abbey in 1968 and we had already had our ears reamed by a quite dreadful performance by Hendrix - out of tune (horribly), out of time (woefully), perfunctory, noisy, uninspired. In fact, I wonder if the Great God was like this on stage more often than not. Anyway, on the Sunday evening on came Taste and just blew Hendrix and his foul noise away - and I was very far from the only one to think that although few would admit it today since Hendrix has been canonised.

I went to see the band at the Marquee very shortly after that (Rory, Norman Damery and Eric Kitteringham) and Rory told me that they had done a few sessions and had one single on the Irish Major Minor label - Blister on the Moon c/w Born on the Wrong Side of Time. After a long hunt I tracked it down and played it to death.

After more gigs than people realise in this line-up, Gallagher formed the band that plays on this, the first "real" Taste album. The two Major Minor tracks are repeated and show an already good feel for composition. The epic "Sugar Mama", which was a tour de force on stage and used to include Summertime and also a Chim-chiminee riff, comes off well here, very raw and basic, although recorded in the back of a Mini, I guess. "Hail" is a very odd acoustic song with wierd words, with a small quote from Bach in the instrumental section. "Leaving Blues" is good, well played and thoughtful, and shows Gallagher's love of country blues artists such as Blind Boy Fuller, Scrapper Blackwell and the composer of Polk Salad Annie, the hugely impressive Tony Joe White. Dual Carriageway Pain starts with a searing riff and a good punchy rock song follows.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Come Taste Taste. 9 July 2013
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This was Rory Gallagher's band before he went solo:

Rory Gallagher - guitars, vocals, saxophone, harmonica
Richard McCracken - bass
John Wilson - drums

The problem with this band was that Wilson and McCracken, not appreciating that Gallagher was the band's main asset, tried to push the music in a different direction leading to the collapse of taste and the launch of a brilliant solo career for Gallagher with albums likeRory Gallagher, Deuce, Blueprint,Tattoo, up to Fresh Evidence and the posthumous Rory: Wheels Within Wheels. McCracken and Wilson were not totally left behind, however, they formed Stud with bass guitarist John Weider and future bass player, Jim Cregan, both formerly with Family; they produced two good albums Stud ~ Remastered and September, available on a 2:1 with the live album Goodbye on: September/Goodbye

This Taste debut shows that all of Rory Gallagher's musical sensibilities were already there at the outset. Some have expressed regret that Taste did not survive but I would argue that Rory's talents were better served in his solo band, where his musical partnership with the amazing Gerry McAvoy produced some amazing music, but that is another tale. This is a classic album of the genre.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By T. DK
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Taste made two studio albums and two live-albums . I have yet to enjoy the live-albums,
but both studios are an absolutely must for anyone enjoying rock or blues or rock-blues !

To be honest my judgement is based on a very well composed compilation of the 2 albums .
5 out of 9 from the first and 6 out of 10 from the second album .

Only recently have I heard the other numbers and I am looking forward, to listen closer to
them, but at least I can claim that each records contain over 50% numbers worth my highest
listener-recommendation . They are astonishing and even more fantastic when You consider
this group was only a trio and their singer (playing guitar, harmonica, saxofon and more)
Rory Gallagher was an amazing person who at the age of 21/22 wrote and recorded this bunch
of the finest blues-rock/rock-blues ever !

Actually You can't tell if the albums are rock-blues or blues-rock, because they manage to
fuse the two genres so well that they created a third genre I have nicknamed "Brusk" which
coincidentally means : brusque, curt, short and in scandinavian languages the tough tissue
(not the bones) which You normally do not/cannot eat . A suitable genre-name perhaps !?

The numbers I recommend are from the "Moving on"-compilation and in this ingenious order :


Sugar Mama (3.) / I'm moving on (9.) / Same Old Story (7.)


If the Day Was Any Longer (4.) / Eat My Words (6.) / What's Going On (1.)

Railway & Gun (2.) / If I Don't Sing I'll Cry (8.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars trip back to the good times!!!!
Anything by rory gallager is awesome. 70's rock & blues at its best!!!!!! Awesome stuff!
Published 5 days ago by m. jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars review
I grew up with Taste, They were the best group at the time (still best) I know they were talking about reforming when Rory passed away. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr J W Boyce
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing talent!
Had all his 'Rory' albums and only just decoded to get the Taste ones.This, 'On The Boards' and all his other original albums never off the ipod playlist.
Published 16 months ago by D
5.0 out of 5 stars cream reinvented
if you like cream then this is for you close your eyes and you can visualize it catfish,blister on the moon ,same old story top tracks
Published 20 months ago by ian
5.0 out of 5 stars Taste
If you're a Rory Gallagher fan, this is a must. Same Old Story and Blister on the Moon are cracking tracks, but the album is a great first look at Taste. Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2012 by N. Howes
2.0 out of 5 stars great album cover, content very ordinary
I wasn't expecting great things from this lp, but this was a real
let-down; all reviews puff-up "Blister on the moon", but it is
totally ordinary - there are no great... Read more
Published on 18 Nov 2009 by BORU
4.0 out of 5 stars Taste - Why is this album not better known?
I'd never heard of this album until it was recommended to me by Amazon after I purchased Paul Kossoff's 'Backstreet Crawler'. Read more
Published on 7 Aug 2009 by Victor
3.0 out of 5 stars TASTY LICKS
Taste were a powerful trio,lead by the excellent Rory Gallagher on guitar
John Wilson (Drums) and Richard McCracken(bass),they were stalwarts of the festival scene in the late... Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2009 by Finbar the looney
5.0 out of 5 stars great music
With Taste he laid the foudations for his
later solo career. Just great music from great musicians.
Published on 31 May 2009 by Paul Nuydens
5.0 out of 5 stars DEBUT OF THE MASTER
I first saw Rory Gallagher at the Il Rondo at the time of the release of this his first record and have never lost my love for the music of a great musician. Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2009 by G. KENNEY
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