on 31 January 2012
I grew up listening to Rory on scratchy vinyl, and live in europe got more than it's fair share of abuse. Lots of scratches around bullfrog blues where the needle dropped a bit heavy.
Finally saw Rory at the Glasgow apollo on the Jinx tour, where I got to hear and feel the real thing live. Still raises the hairs on the back of my neck to remember Rory playing, and this album captures a good sense of what it was like to be at the venue.
Rory'll never be replaced as an entertainer on stage, so if you've never been to see him live, buy this album and get a taste of the best live act there has ever been.
on 25 January 2008
This album features the great guitarman at his very best.Opening with Messing with the kid,we are off into the sweaty blues rock world of the legend from County Cork.Laundromat comes next.It was the opener of the first Rory album after he left TASTE behind.Then comes I couldve had religion.This was a song that Bob Dylan loves and he almost recorded a version of his own a few years ago.Pistol Slapper Blues is an old Blind Boy Fuller song made classic by Rory here before Going to my home town - a genuine foot stomper.In your town is a better version than the studio version on Deuce.The whole thing ends with Bullfrog Blues,always guaranteed to bring the house down.Rory was always his own man.He was the first rock star to brave playing in Belfast during the trouble in Northern Ireland and his name was as big as Guiness during the seventies. Rory made a number of live and studio albums,but this is probably the best of all.
on 23 January 2001
This 1972 album utterly rocks. The first two tracks of straight hard electric blues are unsurpassed. Wilgar Campbell (drums) and Gerry McAvoy (bass) provide excellent support for Gallachers raw vocals and soaring blues guitar. Comparisons are tempting with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, but without their experimental side. The slower tracks are also good, displaying Gallachers influence from Irish music a bit more, with the use of harp and mandolin. Gallachers guitar playing, although limited in style, is really underestimated as this album will show. This is an excellent full-on blues album, better than Taste, and in my opinion as good as the later Irish Tour recordings from 1974.
Recording quality is good as well.
on 7 May 2012
The new 6 re-remastered CDs are a must for every Rory collector. They were mixed with love and you don't miss the mistakes from early mixes. I listened to all the disc through my headphone and must say: amazing sound. You will love the new mixes as well and yes, you can sell your old cds, even the remastered mini-lp-cd set from Japan do not have this quality! With this 6 CD-set a new era of Rory Gallagher just begins. Hopefully the rest will be done also in the future!!!
on 24 May 2009
I remember singing the opening lyrics of "Messing With The Kid" as we travelled on coaches to play football all over England. They were great times, so why had I not replaced my vinyl copy of 'Live In Europe' when the CD came to popularity? Fortunately I made the purchase and brought back the memories. My daughter asked me if I was ever going to change the CD as it remained on the cd player in the car... not for a while yet, darling. The extras on the disk merely add to a great original. What a waste that Rory died young but at least he left us this classic live recording.
on 11 November 2008
Not that there was anything much lacking with the original transfer to CD (except for the accompanying 1980 album Stage Struck, which was just a head-banging row by comparison) but now, digitally remastered, this is better than ever. I've still not heard any Taste, his original three piece band, but the minimalist three piece format was maintained for this and was, in my view, never bettered. 1974's Irish Tour would have been better without the addition of Lou Martin on keyboards.
Anyway, whilst Side 1 is competent and energetic, the album really comes to life on Side 2, featuring his two all time classics, namely Going to My Home Town and In Your Town. In fact, the album's almost worth having just for those two alone. The DR issue adds a couple of somewhat dull and ancient bonus tracks which, for some unfathomable reason, they've stuck not at the end of the album proper but in between In Your Town and Bullfrog Blues. This is without question a pain in the neck, as although they can be edited out (but you still get an intrusive 30 seconds of the first of them), the glitch in the audience applause that this causes is very noticeable. I wonder what dipstick was responsible for that? That aside, it wasn't until hearing the DR edition that I fully appreciated what a superb rhythm section drummer Wilgar Campbell and bassist Gerry McAvoy constituted (each of whom has a brief but brilliant solo slot on Bullfrog Blues), so my advice is to insist on nothing less.
After hearing his live recordings, particularly this one, his studio albums (that I've heard) sound a bit flat and staid by comparison. He really was that good in concert.
on 30 July 2003
If you like electric blues then this album from is for you. Rory mixes up the styles despite the trio format and you get a collection of straight electric trio, the same but with slide/bottleneck, and one accoustic and one mandolin (plus band) track.
The opener "Messin with the Kid" was often used to open his shows and its a great dynamic introduction followed by all his tricks including the pinch harmonics he specialised in, and enthusiastic vocals. "Laundromat" is an out and out rocker. For me the standout tracks are "In Your Town" the ultimate in bottleneck electric blues. I spent hours trying to recreate the power of the slide riffing, difficult when you've only got 30 amps of power, but this was always a killer part of his live shows and this version is a great one. Finally you could only end with those "Bullfrog Blues". If you like power trio music with a strong leaning to the blues, this if for you. Highly recommended.
on 13 April 2004
rory gallagher at his best,live,every track a winner plus two bonus tracks. 'messin'with the kid' opens this superb cd followed by 'laundromat'.great guitar playing throughout.'going to my hometown' excellent mandollin and an unbeatable clossing number 'bullfrog blues' keep on rocking.