For the past two weeks we gave you a chance to win Rory Gallagher's "Irish Tour '74" on CD and vinyl LP via our Facebook page — and you posted comments on your favorite Rory albums. Well, we took all those suggestions and — courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment — giving all your favorite Rory albums in one big sweepstakes.
Three (3) lucky winners will get a chance to win the following:
- Tattoo CD. In 1973, Rory’s fourth studio album, Tattoo, had a solidified lineup (bassist Gerry McAvoy, keyboardist/accordionist Lou Martin, Rod de’Ath, drums). Blueprint had been released earlier that year and the band wasted no time in coming out with another album within months. Rory is heard on guitar, mandolin, harmonica and saxophone, and his compositional skills were never more evident, on tracks such as ‘Tattoo’d Lady’, and ‘A Million Miles Away’.
- Against The Grain CD. In 1975, Rory self-produced Against The Grain, and with the same lineup, fashioned a stunning statement that crossed the borders of jazz, blues, hard rock and even country music. With his originals becoming more varied ‘Bought & Sold’ to ‘Souped Up Ford’, he also recorded a couple of unpredictable covers. Here, he not only covers soul duo Sam & Dave’s “I Take What I Want” and rocks it like no one had ever heard before, but then acoustically delivers a celtic-reverent rendition of folk legend Leadbelly’s “Out On The Western Plains.”
- Calling Card CD. In 1976, this finely-honed quartet released its last album together, Calling Card, produced by Deep Purple’s Roger Glover, who said of the band, “they all seemed very dedicated to Rory, there was an allegiance, born of years of smoky clubs and endless journeys.” The album featured 11 Rory originals on a back-to-basics approach accentuating Rory’s exquisite guitar playing and assured vocal presence. The album features some of Rory’s most stand out numbers such as ‘Calling Card’, ‘Edged in Blue’ and ‘Moonchild’.
- Photo-Finish CD. In 1978, Rory had scrapped plans for an album he recorded in California earlier that year (finally released by Eagle in May of 2011 as Notes From San Francisco), changed his direction, and reorganized his band. Photo-Finish is the result. Primal…feral…with a hard rock edge, it would be the album that Rory had been dreaming about: a return to the immediacy and pulse-pounding drama of his stage shows. With only bassist Gerry McAvoy and drummer Ted McKenna, Rory lashes out 11 originals with spit and polish including what would become live favorites “Shin Kicker, “Shadow Play” and “Mississippi Sheiks.”
- Top Priority CD. In 1979, Top Priority had Rory working out his studio chops to deliver what many critics think is one of his greatest albums. “Follow Me” became a concert must. “Philby” has him playing a sitar he borrowed from Pete Townshend of The Who (which he also uses on “Bad Penny”). “Off The Handle” has him blowing some mighty angry blues harp. With McAvoy and McKenna sticking to him like a second skin, Rory again eschews covers for 11 tightly-wound originals.
- Stage Struck CD. The Gallagher/McKenna/McAvoy triumvirate proved to be a tight machine of epic proportions. It was obvious touring globally had sharpened their chops to pinpoint precision. Rory had already made two of hard rock’s greatest live albums in Irish Tour and Live In Europe (both also reissued as part of this project), so sensing a definite demand for another installment, he kicked off the 80s’ with the live Stage Struck. Starting off with the biker anthem “Shin Kicker,” this 71-minute grabber includes first-time-on-record live versions from Calling Card (1976), Photo-Finish and Top Priority.
- Jinx CD. It would be nearly three full years from his last studio effort but Jinx, originally released in April of 1982, Rory’s Gallagher’s first 1980s studio album, would ultimately prove to be his last studio album for almost six years. Jinx pulls out all the stops: Saxophonists Dick Parry (from Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon) and Ray Beavis, keyboardist Bob Andrews, and drummer Brendan O’Neill complement Rory on 11 scintillating tracks, including fan favorites “Big Guns,” “Bourbon,” and “Easy Come, Easy Go.” (check out the roots-reverent cover of bluesman Louisiana Red’s “Ride On Red, Ride On”).
- And last but not least: Irish Tour ’74 on Blu-Ray. Rory Gallagher’s Irish Tour ’74 is a stunning document of extraordinary blues-rock power from one of the world’s greatest guitarists of all-time. The two-hour DVD/Blu-Ray features nine jams—“Walk On Hot Coals,” “Tattoo’d Lady,” “Who’s That Coming,” “A Million Miles Away,” “Going To My Home Town,” “Cradle Rock,” “As The Crow Flies,” “Hands Off” and “Bullfrog Blues”—as well as bonus home movie footage from Gallagher’s Japanese tour of the same year. Also on the DVD/Blu-ray is the 1972 RTE (Irish television network) half-hour documentary “Rory Gallagher: Music Makers.” Highlights on this rare gem include “Toredown,” “Laundromat,” “Pistol Slapper Blues,” and “Don’t Know Where I’m Going.”
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