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4.9 out of 5 stars
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on 16 January 2013
Just a little bit more of Rory to my collection, good all round album of his. liked it very much
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on 14 September 2014
Just brilliant.A fantastic selection.
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on 10 May 2013
I agree to the purchase, with the management and the service they provide. are recommended for all types of purchase.
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on 7 January 2015
Another excellent album by Rory Gallagher.Been a fan for a long while.Saw him live years ago and thought
he was brilliant.Never really got the recognition he deserved but always been one of my favourite guitarists.
Promptly delivered.Packed well.
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on 16 June 2016
Another great album from this artist to ad to my collection of their output
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on 25 July 2016
Rory Gallagher,what more can you say...
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on 19 August 2017
This was a present had no complaints
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HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 22 October 2015
*** THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE 2012 CD REISSUE ***

"Photo-Finish" is one of five new 2012 CD, Download and Vinyl reissues covering Rory Gallagher's 'studio' album period at Chrysalis Records between 1975 and 1979. His Polydor Label years were released in full in January 2012 (see list below). The next set of studio and live album reissues are due in early 2013 - all supervised by Donal Gallagher - his brother, tour manager and keeper of the flame.

So what's different? In a nutshell - cheaper price, restored artwork with upgraded packaging and 2012 remastering from the original tapes. Here are the finite details…

Released 24 September 2012 in the UK (9 October 2012 in the USA) - the CD "Photo-Finish" on Sony/Capo/Legacy 88725461462 (Barcode 887254614623) comes in a card digipak rather than a jewel case and breaks down as follows (50:11 minutes).

1. Shin Kicker
2. Brute Force & Ignorance
3. Cruise On Out
4. Cloak & Dagger
5. Overnight Bag
6. Shadow Play [Side 2]
7. The Mississippi Sheiks
8. The Last Of The Independents
9. Fuel To The Fire
Tracks 1 to 9 are vinyl album “Photo-Finish” released October 1978 in the UK and USA on Chrysalis CHR 1170 (it charted at number 116 in the States) and was his 3rd studio LP for the British label – continuing on from the blisteringly good run of "Against The Grain" in 1975 and "Calling Card" in 1976.

BONUS TRACKS:
10. Early Warning
11. Juke Box Annie

SOUND:
When "Photo-Finish" was first re-issued on CD by Da Capo in September 1998 – the tapes were remixed and remastered by Colin Failey and Tony Arnold – giving it a sound some found a little shrill. This time the original tapes have been returned to by ANDY PEARCE and MATT WORTHAM and remastered as 'untampered' versions in August 2012 at Wired Masters Studios in London. They've done a great job – the sound is very clear and muscular – still full of piss and vinegar for sure but less showy than before.

PACKAGING:
The foldout 3-way inlay of 1998 has been replaced with a 2012 12-page booklet that restores the original artwork. Donal Gallagher's song-by-song liner notes of old are reproduced again – but as well as colour photos – there's a new inclusion – David Fricke's article on the album in Circus Magazine from January 1979. The card digipak repros the lovely original album artwork (back and front), the CD itself is a picture disc and there's even a live photo beneath the see-through plastic tray. It looks the business and sounds great – and for fiver sterling - is a classy little reissue for not a lot of wonga.

MUSIC:
Co-produced with Alan O’Duffy – for the album the band remained a three-piece with Gerry McAvoy on Bass and Ted McKenna on Drums while Rory covered everything else – vocals, guitars, harmonica and mandolin. His double tracking of electric lead (which began with "Against The Grain") added extraordinary power to many songs – the guitar solo on "Brute Force & Ignorance" for instance is just blistering – and now remastered to its full sonic potential. "Cruise On Out" sees him lashing into a fast one – screaming as he launches into a typically finger-licking solo. The lone cover - the traditional Delta blues of "Mississippi Sheiks" is turned into a slow paced Johnny Winter number – great stuff. The same applies to the chugging ZZ Top production given to the bluesy "Fuel To The Fire" – drums, bass and guitars – all sounding just blinding now (lyrics from it title this review). The two studio outtakes that came with the 1998 reissue are here again – the rocking "Early Warning" and the jaunty acoustic/harmonica "Juke Box Annie"- both excellent and actually warranting the word ‘bonus’. All in all – a bit of a belter really…

For many Rory's classic period was with Polydor Records in the early Seventies – and like so many fans – I adore those albums with a passion. But having just waded through all 5 of these 24 Sep 2012 reissues of his Chrysalis studio records – I'm absolutely blown-away by how good they are. While so many rock acts floundered (especially in the mid to late Seventies) – Rory just kept putting out one gem after another. If anything – I'm tempted to say that these albums are where his real genius lies. Playing back "Shin Kicker", "Cloak And Dagger" and "Last Of The Independents" is a rocking pleasure and not a nostalgia chore.

Like most Irishmen, I can't be rational about Rory Gallagher. I saw him and his band as a teenager live in Dublin in the early Seventies and the experience was mind-blowing (I'm actually in the audience at Dublin on Irish Tour '74). I then bought every album he ever put out after that and always looked forward to hearing where his flying fingers would take me next.

Rory was sadly lost to us in 1995 through liver failure - and it still hurts to think that this most unassuming and brilliant of guitar heroes is gone. "Photo-Finish" is a great way to remember him - and frankly the other 4 titles in this 2nd phase are pretty much the same.

All five reissues are whole-heartedly recommended…

PS: the titles in this 2011/2012 CD, Download and LP reissue series so far are:
1. "Rory Gallagher" (originally UK released in May 1971) - REVIEWED
2. "Deuce" (November 1971) - REVIEWED
3. "Live! In Europe" (May 1972)
4. "Blueprint" (February 1973)
5. "Tattoo" (November 1973) - REVIEWED
6. "Irish Tour '74" (July 1974) [2LP set on 1CD - Sides 1 to 3 are Live - Side 4 is Studio Jams]

7. "Against The Grain" (October 1975) – REVIEWED
8. "Calling Card" (August 1976) – REVIEWED
9. "Photo-Finish" (October 1978) – REVIEWED
10. "Top Priority" (September 1979) – REVIEWED
11. "Jinx" (April 1982) - REVIEWED

1 to 6 released January 2012 on CD and Download. 180-gram vinyl versions of each were also made available 27 February 2012 on the "Music On Vinyl" Label

7 to 11 released September 2012 on CD and Download. Limited Edition 180-gram vinyl versions of each will be made available 22 October 2012 on the "Music On Vinyl" Label
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HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 11 May 2015
*** THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE 2012 CD REISSUE ***

"Photo-Finish" is one of five new 2012 CD, Download and Vinyl reissues covering Rory Gallagher's 'studio' album period at Chrysalis Records between 1975 and 1979. His Polydor Label years were released in full in January 2012 (see list below). The next set of studio and live album reissues are due in early 2013 - all supervised by Donal Gallagher - his brother, tour manager and keeper of the flame.

So what's different? In a nutshell - cheaper price, restored artwork with upgraded packaging and 2012 remastering from the original tapes. Here are the finite details…

Released 24 September 2012 in the UK (9 October 2012 in the USA) - the CD "Photo-Finish" on Sony/Capo/Legacy 88725461462 (Barcode 887254614623) comes in a card digipak rather than a jewel case and breaks down as follows (50:11 minutes).

1. Shin Kicker
2. Brute Force & Ignorance
3. Cruise On Out
4. Cloak & Dagger
5. Overnight Bag
6. Shadow Play [Side 2]
7. The Mississippi Sheiks
8. The Last Of The Independents
9. Fuel To The Fire
Tracks 1 to 9 are vinyl album “Photo-Finish” released October 1978 in the UK and USA on Chrysalis CHR 1170 (it charted at number 116 in the States) and was his 3rd studio LP for the British label – continuing on from the blisteringly good run of "Against The Grain" in 1975 and "Calling Card" in 1976.

BONUS TRACKS:
10. Early Warning
11. Juke Box Annie

SOUND:
When "Photo-Finish" was first re-issued on CD by Da Capo in September 1998 – the tapes were remixed and remastered by Colin Failey and Tony Arnold – giving it a sound some found a little shrill. This time the original tapes have been returned to by ANDY PEARCE and MATT WORTHAM and remastered as 'untampered' versions in August 2012 at Wired Masters Studios in London. They've done a great job – the sound is very clear and muscular – still full of piss and vinegar for sure but less showy than before.

PACKAGING:
The foldout 3-way inlay of 1998 has been replaced with a 2012 12-page booklet that restores the original artwork. Donal Gallagher's song-by-song liner notes of old are reproduced again – but as well as colour photos – there's a new inclusion – David Fricke's article on the album in Circus Magazine from January 1979. The card digipak repros the lovely original album artwork (back and front), the CD itself is a picture disc and there's even a live photo beneath the see-through plastic tray. It looks the business and sounds great – and for fiver sterling - is a classy little reissue for not a lot of wonga.

MUSIC:
Co-produced with Alan O’Duffy – for the album the band remained a three-piece with Gerry McAvoy on Bass and Ted McKenna on Drums while Rory covered everything else – vocals, guitars, harmonica and mandolin. His double tracking of electric lead (which began with "Against The Grain") added extraordinary power to many songs – the guitar solo on "Brute Force & Ignorance" for instance is just blistering – and now remastered to its full sonic potential. "Cruise On Out" sees him lashing into a fast one – screaming as he launches into a typically finger-licking solo. The lone cover - the traditional Delta blues of "Mississippi Sheiks" is turned into a slow paced Johnny Winter number – great stuff. The same applies to the chugging ZZ Top production given to the bluesy "Fuel To The Fire" – drums, bass and guitars – all sounding just blinding now (lyrics from it title this review). The two studio outtakes that came with the 1998 reissue are here again – the rocking "Early Warning" and the jaunty acoustic/harmonica "Juke Box Annie"- both excellent and actually warranting the word ‘bonus’. All in all – a bit of a belter really…

For many Rory's classic period was with Polydor Records in the early Seventies – and like so many fans – I adore those albums with a passion. But having just waded through all 5 of these 24 Sep 2012 reissues of his Chrysalis studio records – I'm absolutely blown-away by how good they are. While so many rock acts floundered (especially in the mid to late Seventies) – Rory just kept putting out one gem after another. If anything – I'm tempted to say that these albums are where his real genius lies. Playing back "Shin Kicker", "Cloak And Dagger" and "Last Of The Independents" is a rocking pleasure and not a nostalgia chore.

Like most Irishmen, I can't be rational about Rory Gallagher. I saw him and his band as a teenager live in Dublin in the early Seventies and the experience was mind-blowing (I'm actually in the audience at Dublin on Irish Tour '74). I then bought every album he ever put out after that and always looked forward to hearing where his flying fingers would take me next.

Rory was sadly lost to us in 1995 through liver failure - and it still hurts to think that this most unassuming and brilliant of guitar heroes is gone. "Photo-Finish" is a great way to remember him - and frankly the other 4 titles in this 2nd phase are pretty much the same.

All five reissues are whole-heartedly recommended…

PS: the titles in this 2011/2012 CD, Download and LP reissue series so far are:
1. "Rory Gallagher" (originally UK released in May 1971) - REVIEWED
2. "Deuce" (November 1971) - REVIEWED
3. "Live! In Europe" (May 1972)
4. "Blueprint" (February 1973)
5. "Tattoo" (November 1973) - REVIEWED
6. "Irish Tour '74" (July 1974) [2LP set on 1CD - Sides 1 to 3 are Live - Side 4 is Studio Jams]

7. "Against The Grain" (October 1975) – REVIEWED
8. "Calling Card" (August 1976) – REVIEWED
9. "Photo-Finish" (October 1978) – REVIEWED
10. "Top Priority" (September 1979) – REVIEWED
11. "Jinx" (April 1982) - REVIEWED

1 to 6 released January 2012 on CD and Download. 180-gram vinyl versions of each were also made available 27 February 2012 on the "Music On Vinyl" Label

7 to 11 released September 2012 on CD and Download. Limited Edition 180-gram vinyl versions of each will be made available 22 October 2012 on the "Music On Vinyl" Label
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on 23 July 2013
i first bought this album on vinyl when it was first released many years ago.at the time i was of the opinion that this was his best album to date.time hasn't altered that opinion&i believe you would be hard pressed to find abetter blues/rock album anywhere. sadly rory is no longer with us but this is a lasting tribute to an incredible guitarist.if,like me ,you like your music with plenty of feeling you won't go wrong listening to this,his finest album.i would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who likes real unashamed blues/rock.buy now. you won't be disappointed
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