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  posted on 12/28/2011 at 08:26 PM
I just got this album today with some of my christmas money on Amazon. It's a killer album with killer guitar playing!! Wish Rory was still alive today so I could see him live. I also got The Scorpions Live at Wacken Open Air 2006, so I'll be watching that later.
 
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  posted on 12/28/2011 at 08:39 PM
Rory? Someone mention Rory?

 

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  posted on 12/28/2011 at 09:59 PM
A complete wast of money...

If there is one guitarist I could play like, it would be Rory Gallagher. Get the Irish Tour dvd too. You'll not be disappointed.

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  posted on 12/29/2011 at 03:18 AM
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Get the Irish Tour dvd too. You'll not be disappointed.


Totally agree. And if you have it on DVD but have a BluRay player, it is worth upgrading. It is a VAST improvement even over the recent DVD release. There is an extra performance clip from Japan, too.

 

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  posted on 12/29/2011 at 04:41 AM
I hope this will be a good one ......

 

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  posted on 12/29/2011 at 10:51 AM
grate stuff
 
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  posted on 12/29/2011 at 03:36 PM
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Get the Irish Tour dvd too. You'll not be disappointed.


Totally agree. And if you have it on DVD but have a BluRay player, it is worth upgrading. It is a VAST improvement even over the recent DVD release. There is an extra performance clip from Japan, too.


Rich, I went and ordered the Blu-Ray on your recomendation. Already had the regular DVD. Only cost me $2.13 since I used some BestBuy Reward Zone points I had.

 

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  posted on 12/29/2011 at 03:45 PM
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Get the Irish Tour dvd too. You'll not be disappointed.


Totally agree. And if you have it on DVD but have a BluRay player, it is worth upgrading. It is a VAST improvement even over the recent DVD release. There is an extra performance clip from Japan, too.


Rich, I went and ordered the Blu-Ray on your recomendation. Already had the regular DVD. Only cost me $2.13 since I used some BestBuy Reward Zone points I had.




I was hoping you would read that, Dan.....I had read the reviews of the BD on amazon and found it for like $8.00 so I took a chance and I'm glad I did. Here's a few thumbs-up opinions on amazon:

***** The Definitive Document on an Underrated Genius, May 11, 2011
By Brian P. Nestor (Raleigh, NC USA)

Tony Palmer, the director of this film (and it is a FILM, not a video) was in 1974 the premiere director working in rock, especially in Europe. Previously Tony had worked with everyone from the Beatles to Cream to Pink Floyd. He chose to highlight Rory Gallagher's annual Christmas tour of Ireland at a time when "The Troubles" were at an all-time high. Rory was virtually the only rock musician of any stature who would play in Ireland during this time, AND he played both Dublin and Belfast. Yet such was his stature in his native country that Rory was considered 'off limits' to terrorist attacks.

Politics aside, this is a marvelous film. Rory was peaking and his performances, especially on "A Million Miles Away" and 'Bullfrog Blues", are incredible. The audiences are beyond ecstatic, and at times it reaches an almost religious fervor. Curiously, politics are never mentioned. Rory talks about growing up and his influences and demonstrates on his acoustic and his dobro. There is plenty of dressing room footage to show what a focused individual he was when it came to his music. And the music has Rory smoking, the absolutely best blues rock player ever on the planet.

In addition, the transfer is an improvement on the older DVD, and the sound pounds, as it should. There are some great extra features, including a wonderful and touching commentary by his brother and manager, Donal Gallagher, and his long time bass player Gerry McAvoy, the two individuals who knew him longest and best. A short 30 minute feature for Irish TV from 1972 is also included in spectacular quality, and features some more interviews and performances that are also high quality and worthy of inclusion. And there is some home movies from the Japanese tour from shortly after the completion of the film.

While Rory had a long and magnificent career, and the recent documentary "Ghost Blues" does an excellent job of covering that, "Irish Tour '74 highlights the bond between a committed artist and his rabid fans in a way hardly seen outside of Beatlemania, and does so in outstanding visual and audio quality. Nearly every performance of his is worth checking out, but if I had to pick only one, without a doubt this is the document that shows the magic Rory performed before an audience every night he performed.

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***** DRAMATIC improvement in picture quality and bonus features!, April 22, 2011
By Richardson "Clarence"
(TOP 500 REVIEWER) (VINE VOICE)

If you (like me) have the original release Rory Gallagher - Irish Tour 1974 and enjoy it .....this will be wonderful news. The picture is now in what seems to be its correct widescreen aspect ratio and dramatically improved....this is like comparing a remastered Beatles CD to one recorded through a pillow case...its that much better even on the standard DVD and the Blu-Ray is wonderful! There is also a bonus half hour documentary on Rory that features another batch of great performances...seriously this should be a no-brainer for fans of this gifted musician.

The question is...do I upgrade..YES!

If you love seriously wonderful electric blues..YES
If you are a fan of Rory Gallagher...what are you waiting for?

I do need to add that there are several great Rory Gallagher DVD compilations on the market now from Rockpalast to Montreux that have more performances than this film....but this is a film and an artistic one which really takes you into the sweaty clubs of '74 Ireland and backstage which is a treat. Of course the film maker is an artist and he does show sweaty faces instead of fingers and guitars and does add shots of Rory during songs that may make visual sense to him but are obviously NOT the song he is playing as his guitar is changed and the slide is missing etc...but its very creative and fun.

In addition:

***** Rory Galagher Must Have!, November 28, 2011
By B. Steindel "my7of9" (Pennsylvania)

Rory Galagher Must Have! The Picture and Sound have all been upgraded and this is and absolute Must have Blu-Ray Disc.
The Price is right on a Classic Gem so what are you waiting for?


There are 3 reviews of the Blu-Ray disc and all are 5 stars, and all say that it is a significant upgrade form the DVD. Good enough for me.


 

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  posted on 12/29/2011 at 04:20 PM
Rory Gallagher was amazing!!!!
 

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  posted on 12/29/2011 at 06:21 PM
Rich, thanks for the reviews.

If I have one complaint about the Palmer film it is that the film's focus during some of the concert footage is mostly on Rory's face. I am more interested in the fretwork; but hey--that's just me. I compare the film to the 'Rock Goes To College' footage ( which I have vined many times ) and the ax work is the focus there. Beggers can't be choosers though.

Can't wait to see it on Blu-Ray.

 

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  posted on 12/29/2011 at 06:46 PM
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Rich, thanks for the reviews.

If I have one complaint about the Palmer film it is that the film's focus during some of the concert footage is mostly on Rory's face. I am more interested in the fretwork; but hey--that's just me. I compare the film to the 'Rock Goes To College' footage ( which I have vined many times ) and the ax work is the focus there. Beggers can't be choosers though.

Can't wait to see it on Blu-Ray.




I think Tony Palmer was also responsible for the debacle that was the Cream Farewell Concert- probably THE WORST concert film ever. All the cameramen were dosed and tripping which is why the cameras jerk back forth like a dog chasing a stick, and 95% of the shots of Clapton are close-ups of his face too.

That kind of camera work was common back then. Most recording engineers and cameramen were old-school and really didn't have a clue about rock music, and if they did they focused on the hero-worship/pop-idol aspect of it and not the musicianship. Most films of the Stones from then are 90% Mick Jagger and maybe 8% Keith's face and 2% Mick Taylor/Charlie Watts/Bill Wyman.

I mean, how frustrating is it when the best footage we have of the Duane-era ABB is from the Fillmore East and almost every time Duane is tearing up a solo we get shots of Dickey playing rhythm?

 

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  posted on 12/30/2011 at 01:22 PM
allmanfan21, if you want to expand your Rory Gallagher collection on DVD i strongly recommend the Rockpalast Boxset. Arguably the best music DVD boxset ever !!!!!

 

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  posted on 12/30/2011 at 02:00 PM
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allmanfan21, if you want to expand your Rory Gallagher collection on DVD i strongly recommend the Rockpalast Boxset. Arguably the best music DVD boxset ever !!!!!



I think I agree with this assessment! I bought this one and the Montreux box at the same time. One of them has Jack Bruce and Rory jamming on Politician about 10 seconds after Rory tells Jack he doesn't know it so Jack hums it to him and they walk out on stage. Rory was astounding.

The Irish Tour video got me into Rory mid-90's when I saw it. Until then I didn't know much about him except that Vivian Campbell held him in high regard. Man, it was hard to find music whilst living in BFE (bump-f()ck egypt) before the internet. I read about Rory mid-80's and finally heard him 10 years later after he died. Oh well, I've made up for it now. His energy on the Irish Tour film is almost tangible. Simply amazing, and he seems so humble too.

I recently reviewed his Notes From San Francisco disc for American Blues News, if you're interested:
http://www.ameriblues.com/2011/06/07/rory-gallagher-notes-from-san-francisc o-cd-review/

 

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  posted on 12/30/2011 at 02:31 PM
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I recently reviewed his Notes From San Francisco disc for American Blues News, if you're interested:
http://www.ameriblues.com/2011/06/07/rory-gallagher-notes-from-san-francisc o-cd-review/



Excellent review. Thanks for posting the link!

 

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Excellent review. Thanks for posting the link!


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  posted on 12/30/2011 at 11:27 PM
Rory had a kick @$$ drummer in the 70's.....Mr D' Ath was an animal

 

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