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RORY GALLAGHER’s “Irish Tour ’74” To Get 40th Anniversary 7 Disc Release On Oct. 21st.

August 27th, 2014

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By 1974 Rory Gallagher had already established a formidable reputation as one of the finest recording artists and exciting live performers of his generation. He was four years in to a successful solo career following his departure from his critically acclaimed outfit, Taste. 1970 to 1974 had produced five albums and an almost continuous schedule of touring, Rory had gone from strength to strength. He was mid-way in to what would be the most prolific decade of his career and was at the absolute top of his game. By sad contrast, Gallagher’s homeland and his beloved adopted city, Belfast in particular had taken a battering.  The political climate of Northern Ireland in the late 60s/early 70s saw Belfast ripped apart by some of the most devastating violence in the country’s history.  By 1973 and the winter of Gallagher’s landmark tour, Belfast was on its knees.  Roy Hollingworth, a journalist for Melody Maker in attendance at the Ulster Hall show would describe the city as a shattered, deserted and frightened place. The live music scene was non-existent with all but Gallagher willing to tour during the height of the Troubles tearing the country apart.  While his contemporaries turned their back on the city, it was Rory’s refusal to do so that forever won him the hearts of thousands of fans across the country.  “I see no reason for not playing Belfast. Kids still live here,” said Gallagher of his decision to repeatedly play in Belfast.  And so, Rory and his band, Gerry McAvoy (bass), Rod De’ath (drums) and Lou Martin (keys) returned again in the winter of 1973 for what would become the celebrated Irish Tour.  Acclaimed filmmaker Tony Palmer was drafted in to document the tour.  Palmer had first met Gallagher six years before in 1968 when Taste supported Cream at their famous farewell show at the Royal Albert Hall. Palmer has been on hand to record the super groups’ final performance but hadn’t failed to notice the extraordinary standout talents of the young Gallagher. When asked to accompany Rory on the Irish tour in the winter of 1973, Palmer seized the opportunity. More than aware of the socio-political situation in the North of the country at the time and Rory’s refusal to be drawn on either side of the argument, Palmer knew “this [was] a very interesting proposition.”  “Rory was at pains to point out he wasn’t active in any sense politically,” Palmer tells us, but felt very strongly that he should be allowed to play both Northern Ireland and the Republic. “I don’t want to make a movie with any political content but it will be self evident” said Gallagher.

Both the Dublin and Cork shows also feature heavily on the subsequent documentary but it was Rory’s dignified but defiant impartial stance in Belfast that helped make this recording such a watershed moment for Rory’s
legions of devoted fans.

Irish Tour ’74 was a world class, matchless, blistering live performance. It is one of the greatest live albums of all time. No studio trickery, no overdubs. A truly live album. The stuff of legend.  This new deluxe edition features, for the first time on record, each of these iconic shows. Seven albums worth of fully remastered audio including 43 previously unreleased recordings, plus the Tony Palmer directed feature length documentary and large full color booklet. All presented in deluxe packaging.

“Only he could play the guitar off the fucking planet.” Tony Palmer

“Rory Gallagher brought hope and musical inspiration to his war-torn spiritual hometown of Belfast.”
“It was within the walls of the venue on ‘bomb alley’ that the tender-hearted, soft-spoken, dogged determination and captivating presence of Ireland’s guitar warrior poet and people’s hero found
its fullest flowering.”
“While Ulster teetered towards the brink, Rory’s rock hit with righteous affirmation”
Gavin Martin for Blues Magazine

“I’ve never seen anything quite so wonderful, so stirring, so uplifting, so joyous as when Gallagher and the band walked on stage. The whole place erupted, they all stood and they cheered and they yelled, and screamed, and they put their arms up, and they embraced. Then as one unit they put their arms into the air and gave peace signs. Without being silly, or overemotional, it was one of the most memorable moments of my life. It all meant something, it meant more than just rock n’ roll, it was something bigger, something more valid than just that.”  Roy Hollingworth for Melody Maker

“Rory loved Belfast.  Just loved it.  Anytime we hit the stage after 1971 you were aware that, apart from the odd cabaret turn at the Abercorn (site of a 1972 bomb blast killing two and injuring 130), none of the bigger bands would come back to play Belfast, it was starved of music. Obviously after The Miami Showband tragedy it just got worse. We’re professionals. We play as well as we could wherever we played but it was a special situation in Belfast, something you could never acquire or attain at any other gig.”  Gerry McAvoy

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world.  Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.

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Disc 1 & 2
Cork (5th of January 1974)
•           Messin’ With The Kid*
•           Cradle Rock
•           I Wonder Who
•           Tattoo’d Lady
•           Walk On Hot Coals
•           Laundromat*
•           A Million Miles Away
•           Hands Off*
•           Too Much Alcohol
•           As The Crow Flies
•           Pistol Slapper Blues*
•           Unmilitary Two-Step*
•           Bankers Blues*
•           Going To My Hometown*
•           Who’s That Coming
•           In Your Town*

Disc 3 & 4
Dublin (2nd of January 1974)
•           Cradle Rock*
•           Tattoo’d Lady*
•           Hands Off*
•           Walk On Hot Coals*
•           Laundromat*
•           Too Much Alcohol*
•           A Million Miles Away*
•           As The Crow Flies*
•           Pistol Slapper Blues*
•           Bankers Blues*
•           Unmilitary Two-Step*
•           Going To My Hometown*
•           In Your Town*
•           Bullfrog Blues*

Disc 5 & 6
Belfast (29th of December 1973)
•           Messin’ With The Kid*
•           Cradle Rock*
•           I Wonder Who*
•           Tattoo’d Lady*
•           Walk On Hot Coals*
•           Hands Off*
•           A Million Miles Away*
•           Laundromat*
•           As The Crow Flies*
•           Pistol Slapper Blues*
•           Unmilitary Two-Step*
•           Bankers Blues*
•           Going To My Hometown*
•           Who’s That Coming*
•           In Your Town*
•           Bullfrog Blues*

Disc 7
City Hall in Session (3rd of January 1974)
•           Maritime (The Edgar Lustgarden Cut)
•           I Want You  / Raunchy Medley*
•           Treat Her Right
•           I Wonder Who*
•           Too Much Alcohol*
•           Just A Little Bit
•           I Can’t Be Satisfied*
•           Acoustic Medley*
•           Back On My Stompin’ Ground (After Hours)
•           Stompin’ Ground (Alt version)

Disc 8 (DVD)
The Tony Palmer directed documentary Irish Tour ’74
(courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment)

* Previously unreleased

Irish Tour ’74 Expanded Deluxe Edition is available to pre-order now at

http://smarturl.it/IrishTour_Store

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RORY GALLAGHER “Kickback City” Out Oct. 29th

September 11th, 2013

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On October 29, 2013, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Kickback City, a unique immersive album inspired by the crime noir passion and music of Rory Gallagher [MSRP $29.98]. Featuring a specially compiled album of Rory Gallagher’s best crime novel-influenced music; the stunning package also includes an exclusive new novella by Ian Rankin, fully illustrated by graphic artist Timothy Truman. This unique immersive album also includes a special narration of the story by actor Aidan Quinn.

Inspired by Rory Gallagher’s passion for crime novels, Kickback City is a creative collaboration combining the words of Ian Rankin, the illustrations of Timothy Truman and of course the music of Rory Gallagher. The result is a brand new kind of concept album – a must have for fans of Rory Gallagher, Ian Rankin, graphic novels and newcomers alike.

Throughout his life, Rory Gallagher was a great fan of the crime noir genre and much of his work was inspired by the characters and themes found in the cult detective novels of authors such as Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. Examples of Rory’s best crime-inspired material are central to the Kickback City album, providing the soundtrack to Ian Rankin’s newly created novella The Lie Factory. Rory’s lyrics and song titles are cleverly woven in to the story.

International award-winning novelist, Ian Rankin and his hard-boiled, hard-living central protagonist, Detective Inspector John Rebus, are great fans of Rory’s work.

States Ian Rankin: “I was approached by Rory’s brother Donal Gallagher who asked if I knew that Rory was a big fan of crime fiction? And of course when you look at it, the songs, the lyrics and especially the titles: Kickback City, Continental Op (the title of a Dashiell Hammett book) it all makes sense. Donal mentioned that he was thinking of putting together an album of Rory’s songs that are to do with crime and thriller elements and asked if I wanted to get involved. It was great fun and writing the story for the Rory Gallagher album was just obvious to me. It would be noir, the classic Raymond Chandler or Philip Marlowe private eye.”

The unique album Kickback City is completed by the stunning visuals created by illustrator Timothy Truman (DC Comics / First Comics). Also a life-long Rory Gallagher fan, the musician, writer and illustrator has been working in the graphic novel industry since the 80s and is internationally known for his art design for the Grateful Dead. His first series was the title Grimjack, a futuristic private eye who became one of the most popular characters of the time. In the November 1984 issue “Legacy,” Grimjack is hired to protect a singer-guitar player named Jim Lanyon. The comic book’s cover featured a poster of the rock star, bearing an uncanny resemblance to Rory Gallagher.

“I was turned on to Rory’s work in 1973 when I was a junior in high school in West Virginia. One Friday night, I turned on Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert and that’s when I first saw Rory. He immediately blew me away. I thought he was the greatest guitarist and performer I’d ever seen and I’ve been a devoted follower of his music ever since,” added Timothy Truman.

Timothy was the ideal choice to create the stunning imagery that unites the music of Rory Gallagher with the new story created by Ian Rankin. Three minds, one vision: Kickback City.

Kickback City will be packaged like a hardback book housing 3 audio discs, including an audio version of the book read by actor Aidan Quinn (Legends Of The Fall, Michael Collins), the 44-page novella The Lie Factory and four “crime scene” postcards, and the crime-inspired Rory Gallagher compilation album. The set also includes a collection of live “crime” tracks (Kickback City Live) recorded at the Cork Opera House, never before available as an audio release.

Rankin continues: “Timothy Truman has really captured the nuances and the noir feel, I’m hugely impressed. It really works and Aidan Quinn has also done a great job. He really got into the character and narrative voice but it’s subtle and allows the listener to bring their own perspective to what’s going on.”

“This could be weird. If this album ends up in Rebus’s record collection I could end up writing a story in which Rebus takes out this album and sits reading an Ian Rankin story whilst listening to a Rory Gallagher album!” – Ian Rankin

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world.  Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.

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RORY GALLAGHER
‘KICKBACK CITY’

THE PHYSICAL PACKAGE:

DISC ONE: KICKBACK CITY STUDIO
1)   Kickback City
2)   Continental Op
3)   Kid Gloves
4)   Big Guns
5)   Loanshark Blues
6)   Secret Agent
7)   B Girl
8)   Slumming Angel
9)   Barley & Grape Rag
10) Doing Time
11)  In Your Town
12)  Sinner Boy
13)  The Devil Made Me Do It
14)  Seven Days

DISC TWO: KICKBACK CITY LIVE
1)   Continental Op
2)   Tattoo’d Lady
3)   I Ain’t No Saint
4)   Off The Handle
5)   The Loop
6)   Messin’ With The Kid
7)   Loanshark Blues

DISC THREE:
The Lie Factory narrated by Aidan Quinn

44 Page novella – The Lie Factory

4 x ‘Crime’ scene Postcards

THE DELUXE DIGITAL PACKAGE:
Kickback City studio compilation
Kickback City live album
The Lie Factory narrated by Aidan Quinn
The Lie Factory Digital Booklet
Kickback City ‘The Making Of’ EPK
Special Animated promo video

Standard digital versions also available

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Rory Gallagher – Notes From San Francisco

July 1st, 2011

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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Rory Gallagher – Irish Tour ’74 (DVD)

July 1st, 2011

Rory Gallagher – Irish Tour ’74 (DVD)

2011, Eagle Vision

Rating: 4.5/5

Eagle Rock Ent. continue with their Re-Issue’s of Rory Gallagher’s catalog with this DVD of one of his most popular records: IRISH TOUR ’74. Rory, for those who do not know, he was (and still is) one of the greatest Blues-Rock guitarists that ever lived. He has been cited as an influence to many great guitarists such as Slash, Glen Tipton, Brian May, Jannick Gers and many more. Gallagher even turned down an offer to join The Rolling Stones.

IRISH TOUR ’74 showcases Gallagher’s infamous tour around his homeland. The live footage is intertwined with candid interviews and day to day films of him just walking the streets, visiting a music shop and trying out guitars to backstage preparations before a show. This gives the viewer a better glimpse of Rory as a person and how he was just a regular person like me and you.

This DVD has some really interesting bonus features. One of these is his Japan Tour of the same same year and the other is a half hour Irish TV Special.

IRISH TOUR ’74 is a testament to how amazing and talented Rory really was. His passion for the guitar shines through on the live concert performances. Even if you are not a fan of Blues-based Rock or a guitarist you will still enjoy this DVD and appreciate what an incredible guitarist he was and why he was such an influence to many.

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Rory Gallagher – Ghost Blues: The Story Of (DVD)

January 8th, 2011

Rory Gallagher – Ghost Blues: The Story Of   (DVD)

2010, Eagle Vision

Rating: 4/5


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