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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great highlight of blues-rock music,
A key to the greatness of this album is that so much of it was reproduced for his following live album, including the wonderful title track which, while not as good as the live version, still kicks off the album in a great way. Gallagher’s diversity as a musician can be seen in the first half of the album with the furious rocker ‘Cradle Rock’, jaunty acoustic blues ’20:20 Vision’ and jazz masterpiece ‘They Don’t Make Them Like You Anymore’ standing tall together despite being very different songs. The latter in particular showcases some wonderful piano work by Lou Martin, one of three virtuoso musicians Gallagher was fortunate enough to have in his band.
It is on the second half though that the album really takes off. ‘Livin’ Like A Trucker’ is decent if a bit forgettable, but ‘Sleep On A Clothes-line’ is a great fun boogie; ‘Admit It’ is a sharp, snappy rock song and ‘Who’s That Coming’ shows Gallagher’s astounding slide guitar. The best track though has to be the heartbreaking ‘A Million Miles Away’, one of Gallagher’s greatest masterpieces and one (rightly) held in great esteem by fans.
The only non-essential track is the country ‘Tuscon, Arizona’, which is a musical style that Gallagher was rarely at his best at; that, however, is a bonus track and not a reflection on the greatness of the album itself. In any case the other bonus track, ‘Just A Little Bit’, is a wonderful blues jam that my feet can’t stop tapping to – and neither will yours.
The consistent brilliance of this album never fails to dazzle me. I’ve heard a lot of Gallagher albums and this is my personal favourite; in fact it probably ranks in my top ten albums of all time. It is highly recommended to anyone who wants to listen to good music as much as Gallagher wanted to make it.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best!,
30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CLOSE TO RORY'S BEST,
OCCASIONS (ALBEIT MANY MOONS AGO ) THIS STILL STANDS AS ONE OF HIS FINEST RECORDED ACHIEVEMENTS. IF YOU ENJOY BLUES WITH GRIT,POWER AND A HINT OF UNFORMULAIC REFINEMENT THEN PURCHASE THIS POSTE HASTE. THE MAN IS A LEGEND , AND HIS MEMORY WILL LINGER LONGER THAN ANY OTHER GALLAGHER CURRENTLY ATTEMPTING TO CLIMB ANY SORT OF MUSICAL EVEREST. IN A LEAGUE OF HIS OWN.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album from the Man,
5.0 out of 5 stars that's ok !!!,
4.0 out of 5 stars mp3 download,
This review is from: Tattoo (MP3 Download)Ok. So it's an MP3 download and it's Rory Gallagher. If you like 1st class blues based rock then listen to Rory Gallagher. It's as simple as that. Only 4 stars because it's a pity the bit rate isn't higher. We don't all want to listen on our ipods.
4.0 out of 5 stars Strongly pushing 5 star's,
I am a big fan of guitar based music, especially when its foundations are clearly in the blues, and Rory really knows how to play. I can't point out stand out songs because the whole standard is so high. I'm not as keen on Tuscon, Arizona but that is more to style of song as opposed to quality of the playing.
If you too like blues based, quality guitar play then I would strongly recommend this album. I have already bought another of his albums and also an album by Taste who he used to play with and I will be adding more to my collection.
In truth 4 and a half stars but I think with more plays will end up a 5.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine Man, Great Album,
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