THE BEST OF RORY GALLAGHER TO BE RELEASED FRIDAY OCTOBER 9, 2020

Following the commercial and critically acclaimed success of the recent albums Blues (2019) and the three-week running No.1 album on the Billboard Blues Chart Check Shirt Wizard – Live in ’77 (2020), UMe/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company, is pleased to present a new Rory Gallagher collection entitled The Best Of Rory Gallagher on Friday, October 9, 2020. The album is now available to preorder.

 

 

The comprehensive compilation includes Rory’s most iconic songs compiled from across his recording career, including tracks from Rory’s seminal first band Taste (1969) through to his final studio album Fresh Evidence (1990).

 

The Best Of Rory Gallagher will be released as a 2CD set featuring 30 tracks, including a previously unreleased collaboration with Jerry Lee Lewis.  The album will also be released on 2LP black vinyl, limited-edition 2LP clear vinyl available only at uDiscover Music and The Sound of Vinyl, a 15-track single CD, as well as digital HD and digital standard.

 

 

 

Unearthed from the Rory Gallagher Archives is a special bonus track “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” – a rare outtake taken from Jerry Lee Lewis’ famous 1973 London Sessions featuring Rory singing and playing the Rolling Stones’ classic alongside the legendary Jerry Lee Lewis. The previously unreleased rarity is featured on the 2CD version and digital versions of the album, and as a limited-edition 7” vinyl single available only at uDiscover Music and The Sound of Vinyl online stores. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” is available as an instant grat track today with preorders of the album, and on all streaming and download services, here. The 7” inch picture sleeve features a rare archive photo of Rory and Jerry Lee Lewis from Jerry Lee’s 1973 London Sessions. The B-side features “Cruise On Out” (4:42) taken from Rory’s critically acclaimed album Photo Finish (1978).

 

If ever there was a “musician’s musician” then that accolade belongs to Rory Gallagher. Renowned for his blistering live performances and highly respected for his dedication to his craft, he died in 1995, aged just 47. His reputation has continued to flourish in the years since. Indeed, some of rock’s most seminal figures, from Jimi Hendrix to Eric Clapton, Joe Satriani to Joe Bonamassa, Queen’s Brian May to The Smiths’ Johnny Marr, Slash of Guns N’ Roses to the Edge of U2, have cited him as an influence. Rory remains a touchstone for all would-be guitar heroes in the 21st Century.

 

When asked “How does it feel to be the best guitarist in the world,” Jimi replied,
“I don’t know, why don’t you go and ask Rory Gallagher.” – Jimi Hendrix

 

“The man who got me back into the blues.” – Eric Clapton

 

“There are a million guys who sound like Stevie Ray Vaughan, but I never heard anybody who could really pull off sounding like Rory Gallagher.” – Slash

 

“As soon as I heard Cradle Rock, I was hooked. I thought, ‘This is what I want to be when I grow up.”
– Joe Bonamassa

 

“I really liked Rory, he was fine guitarist and singer and lovely man.” – Jimmy Page

 

“He was just a magician, he’s one of the very few people of that time who could make his guitar do anything it seemed. It just seemed to be magic. I remember looking at that battered Stratocaster and thinking “how does that come out of there?” – Brian May

 

“The man who changed my musical life was Rory Gallagher, I picked up a guitar because of him.”
– Johnny Marr

 

“A beautiful man and an amazing guitar player. He was a very sensitive man and a great musician.”
– The Edge

 

“An amazing player, very spirited… he had a particular sound using that Stratocaster and he really got it because of the brute force in the way that he played, he just had such a passion about it.”
– Joe Satriani

 

“Rory was the one to measure yourself against. He was a real credit to
music and pushed it to another level altogether.”
– Peter Frampton

 

FORMATS AND TRACK LISTING

30 TRACK/2CD TRACKLIST:

CD1

What’s Going On (from 1970’s ‘On The Boards’ LP) – Taste
Shadow Play(from 1978’s ‘Photo Finish’ LP) – Rory Gallagher
Follow Me (from 1979’s ‘Top Priority’ LP) – Rory Gallagher
Tattoo’d Lady (from 1973’s ‘Tattoo’ LP) – Rory Gallagher
All Around Man (from 1975’s “Against The Grain” LP) – Rory Gallagher
I Fall Apart (from 1971’s “Rory Gallagher” LP) – Rory Gallagher
Daughter Of The Everglades (from 1973’s ‘Blueprint’” LP) – Rory Gallagher
Calling Card (from 1976’s ‘Calling Card’ LP) – Rory Gallagher
I’m Not Awake Yet (from 1971’s ‘Deuce’ LP) – Rory Gallagher
Just The Smile (from 1971’s ‘Rory Gallagher’ LP) – Rory Gallagher
Out Of My Mind (from 1971’s “Deuce” LP) – Rory Gallagher
Edged In Blue (from 1976’s “Calling Card” LP) – Rory Gallagher
Philby (from 1979’s “Top Priority” LP) – Rory Gallagher
It’s Happened Before, It’ll Happen Again (from 1970’s “On The Boards” LP) – Taste
Crest Of A Wave (from 1971’s “Deuce” LP) – Rory Gallagher
CD2

Bad Penny (from 1979’s “Top Priority” LP) – Rory Gallagher
Walk On Hot Coals (from 1973’s “Blueprint” LP) – Rory Gallagher
Blister On The Moon (from 1969’s “Taste” LP) – Taste
Loanshark Blues (from 1987’s “Defender” LP) – Rory Gallagher
Bought & Sold (from 1975’s “Against The Grain” LP) – Rory Gallagher
A Million Miles Away (from 1973’s from the Tattoo LP) – Rory Gallagher
Wheels Within Wheels (from 2010’s “Notes From San Francisco” LP) – Rory Gallagher
Seven Days (from 1987’s “Defender” LP) – Rory Gallagher
Ghost Blues (from 1990’s “Fresh Evidence” LP) – Rory Gallagher
Cruise On Out (from 1978’s “Photo Finish” LP) – Rory Gallagher
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (1973 outtake from the Jerry Lee Lewis ‘The Session… Recorded in London With Great Guest Artists’ LP) – Jerry Lee Lewis ft. Rory Gallagher
They Don’t Make Them Like You Anymore (from 1973’s “Tattoo” LP) – Rory Gallagher
Moonchild (from 1976’s “Calling Card” LP) – Rory Gallagher
Jinxed (from 1982’s “Jinx” LP) – Rory Gallagher
Catfish (from 1969’s “Taste” LP) – Taste
2LP BLACK VINYL / 2LP CLEAR VINYL TRACKLIST

*Includes the 7” black vinyl single ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ ft. Jerry Lee Lewis and Rory Gallagher

Side A

Bad Penny – Rory Gallagher
Shadow Play – Rory Gallagher
I Fall Apart – Rory Gallagher
Calling Card – Rory Gallagher
Side B

What’s Going On – Rory Gallagher
All Around Man – Rory Gallagher
A Million Miles Away – Rory Gallagher
Just The Smile – Rory Gallagher
Side C

Seven Days – Rory Gallagher
Jinxed – Rory Gallagher
Edged In Blue – Rory Gallagher
Philby – Rory Gallagher
Side D

Walk On Hot Coals – Rory Gallagher
Tattoo’d Lady – Rory Gallagher
Crest Of A Wave – Rory Gallagher
1CD TRACKLIST:

Bad Penny – Rory Gallagher
Shadow Play – Rory Gallagher
I Fall Apart – Rory Gallagher
Calling Card – Rory Gallagher
What’s Going On – Taste
All Around Man – Rory Gallagher
A Million Miles Away – Rory Gallagher
Just The Smile – Rory Gallagher
Seven Days – Rory Gallagher
Jinxed – Rory Gallagher
Edged In Blue – Rory Gallagher
Philby – Rory Gallagher
Walk On Hot Coals – Rory Gallagher
Tattoo’d Lady – Rory Gallagher
Crest Of A Wave – Rory Gallagher

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