Rory Gallagher – Notes From San Francisco

July 1st, 2011
by Celtic Bob

Rory Gallagher – Notes From San Francisco

2011, Eagle Records

Rating: 4/5

As part of their massive Rory Gallagher re-issue campaign, Eagle Rock Ent. has outdone themselves with NOTES FROM SAN FRANCISCO. These songs were recorded by Gallagher during a stay in San Francisco back in ’77 and have remained unreleased until now because Rory wasn’t happy with the way it sounded so shelved the project.

Anyone familiar with Rory Gallagher’s music will know what to expect. His style of music is Blues based guitar oriented Rock. Everything I have heard from him has been consistently good and this release is no exception. Like most albums there are songs that stand out while others don’t. This doesn’t mean they are not enjoyable. One stand out on the album is “Wheels Within Wheels”, not for it being an over the top rocker or heavy Blues number but for really showcasing Rory’s vocal ability. On this acoustic track  his vocals really shine. A slight departure from the electric guitar music that the majority of the album is.

NOTES FROM SAN FRANCISCO is an album that has been shelved for way too long. We can thank the folks at Eagle Rock for managing to get this incredible album out to the fans. This is an album that should be in your collection.

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