Blueprint (Remastered) [VINYL] Original recording remastered
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180 grams audiophile vinyl / Remastered audio / Printed inner sleeve
About the Artist
Rory Gallagher is known to many as one of the best bluesmen of the '60s and '70s. He is certainly one of Ireland's best performers, rocking on his 1961 Sunburst Stratocaster to a degree that the paint wore off. The 70s were the most prolific of his career; he recorded ten albums, two of which are live-recordings of his marathon performances that won him his greatest acclaim. Music On Vinyl will now be releasing 5 of these albums in their remastered versions! 'Blueprint' (MOVLP 455) from 1973 presents a well-rounded picture of Gallagher's eclectic influences. Muddy Waters, Big Bill Broonzy, Roy Head are all shown their due. Includes the brooding 'Seventh Son Of The Seventh Son', which locks the band in a swampy groove for over eight minutes.
Top Customer Reviews
This new from the analogue masters reissue series ought to delight the hard core fans as they address and correct some issues, too much reverb, new mixes, new stereo placings that were made during the previous conversion to cd. Donal has got the team to go back to the final Rory mixes and freshly digitise them using the latest equipment in order to produce what could be described as the best sounding cd versions of Rorys small but incredibly potent back catalogue. The new issues also come in a neat cardboard foldover sleeve along with new sleevenotes
Rory plays a blinder on this particular outing. I always felt that having Lou Martin in the band helped fill out the sound during Rorys solos and that Rod de'Ath had a bit of swing in his drumming that loaned the music a lighter feel than the heavier rock three piece of later years.
Anyone who is fan of the guitar gets a real feast of then here, acoustic, slide, electric......all played by a master musician.
Every Rory album has something of interest, even his supposed worst albums have lots to enjoy, so this classic is essential listening.
I heard him play all the tracks from this album live and most of them several times. Hands Off was a live favourite along with Walk On Hot Coals so the songs here are key to its strength as an album but there is also the brilliant guitar playing with a balance of serious and comic, Unmilitary Two-Step always brings a smile to my face.
He always seemed genuinely happy to be playing when I saw him live and all the evidence is that this was when he was most alive, but I have a lingering sadness for the man off stage. He clearly had an unhealthy relationship with alcohol, which ultimately killed him, and I always wonder about his personal relationships. His public face was that of a hard working, hard drinking musician who was well respected by his peers and I guess that is all I, or anyone, needs to know. The music he left behind is wonderful and this is a great place to start. I will always think of this as the ultimate Rory Gallagher band but I now have all his albums and I would urge you to investigate some more, the man was obviously driven to make the music he so loved.
This album sees the introduction of Lou Martins keyboards behind Rorys excellent guitar,whether its electric or acoustic.Daughter of the everglades is a personal favourite of mine.Rory never released singles and turned down the chance of joining the Rolling Stones to continue his gigging and releasing fine albums.God bless him.
If you want proper blues with a kick this comes highly recommended.
`Blueprint' is important for two main reasons - firstly, Gallagher expended his trio to a quartet by including Lou Martin on keyboards, and secondly, the album contains some of Gallagher's best songs including the opening track, Big Bill Broonzy's `Banker's Blues', and the classic `Hands Off', that would go down a storm at various gigs. Gallagher also played mandolin and saxes on the album that saw Gerry McAvoy's flatmate drummer Rod de'Ath replace Wilgar Campbell. Nearly forty years later the album still sounds good with Gallagher's impressive musicianship shining through.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another great album from this artist to ad to my collection of their outputPublished 1 month ago by Mr Ron D
Another purchase of a remaster to update the older recordings. Really like Walk On Hot Coals and Hands Off on this one. Get it while you can.Published 10 months ago by P. L. Wightman
Another fine album by another fine guitarist. A joy to behold and an absolute gem to own.Published 13 months ago by mr thomas smith
Had this on plastic when it came out! Brilliant! Walk on hot coals and Daughter of the Everglades beat anything he ever done! Superb album that stand the test of timePublished 15 months ago by Jackarmy1071