One of my favourite albums in my collection. This 2nd Taste album is completely different to Taste's 1st one Taste
(maybe that Blister on the Moon on Taste I announced the future sound). On the Boards covers a greater variety of styles and moods than the antecedent, somewhat orthodox rock'n blues album. On the Boards offers fine nearly jazzy improvisations (It's Happened Before...), but also tender folk-rock tunes, sung beautifully by Rory (If the Day ..., If I Don't Sing ... etc), and of course, the hard rock guitar and bass riffs that are often used as small intros to the compositions (What's Going On and others). It is this exciting blend of influences that makes this basically blues album so outstanding. The Taste's arrangements are very simple, but still make a wonderful overall robust sound with 3 people playing 5 instruments (g, bg, ds, hca, sax). The individual tracks alternate different atmospheres: the gloomy one (the bluesy On the Boards, It's Happened Before ..., which may remind you of the gloomy dusks in Ireland), the raw one (Railway and Gun a.o.), which may remind you of the lively Irish whiskey bar, and the flashes of sunlight of the Irish summer (If the Day Was Any Longer, See Here). To summarize, the album brings a genuine Irish sound, different to any other British or American rock'n blues bands. Definitely a 5-star album, essential to any rock'n blues lover's collection, the best way to see who Rory Gallagher was. Taste it, it's worth it.