In what would have been the 50th year of Rory Gallagher’sÂ recording career, UMC have announced the release of ‘BLUES’ on 31st May. From the vaults of the GallagherÂ estate’s tape archive comes this collection of rare and unreleased recordings of Rory playing blues material, ranging from never heard before tracks to special guest sessions and lost radio sessions, from 1971 right through to 1994.
Formats include a 15 track CD / 2LP version; a limited edition blue vinyl 2LP and a deluxe 36 track 3CD version showcasing Rory’s performances of electric, acoustic and live blues.
The DeluxeÂ set comprises 90% unreleased material and features performances with Muddy Waters, Albert King, Jack Bruce, Lonnie Donegan and Chris Barber. The DeluxeÂ Edition also comes with an extensive booklet comprising previously unseen pictures of Rory plus a new essay by Blues / Rock writer Jas Obrecht.
Renowned for his blistering live performances and respected for his dedication to his craft, Rory died in 1995, aged just 47, yet his reputation has continued to flourish in the years since.
From his first album with Taste through his final solo album, Rory remained true to his own musical vision.
Like the American bluesmen he admired, he created an instantly identifiable sound.
Rory was influenced by many blues artists including Buddy Guy, B. B. King, Blind Boy Fuller, Big Bill Broozny, Muddy Waters and Lead Belly. But unlike many of his peers in the U.K., especially during the 1960s and 1970s,Â Rpry did not specialise in note-perfect copies of other artists songs.
As he explained to an interviewer in 1978, “I never started out to be a strict recreator of the blues or even a modern young bluesman. I wanted to be me.”