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The late Irish blues rocker Rory Gallagher would have been pleased to see the Chess logo embossed on the three-disc Blues, a box of rare, unissued, acoustic, and live recordings. Issued to mark what would have been his half-century as a recording artist, 90-percent of the material here is previously unreleased. The discs are divided thematically: Electric, Acoustic, and Live. The booklet is wonderfully annotated with an authoritative essay from journalist and music historian Jas Obrecht; it places Gallagher in his rightful historical place as an electric blues rock pioneer alongside admirers Eric Clapton, Johnny Winter, Jimi Hendrix, and Peter Green. The set opens with a raucous cover of Sonny Boy Williamson's "Don't Start Me Talkin'," an unissued cut from the sessions that begat the excellent 1982 offering Jinx. Gallagher is in full Chicago house-rocking mode with his wailing harmonica and nasty slide guitar, accompanied by pounding piano and a barely contained rhythm section shuffle. His songwriting is showcased to fine effect, too, with the slow-burning "Off the Handle" from a live BBC appearance in 1986, "Should've Learnt My Lesson," an outtake from the Deuce sessions in 1971 (a midtempo blues rocker steeped in the Celtic folk tradition), and an unhinged take of his "Bullfrog Blues" from a radio station appearance in 1972. Along the way, we get lean, mean covers of Tony Joe White's "As the Crow Flies," Green's "Leaving Town Blues," and two guest spots, "I’m Ready" with Muddy Waters in 1971, and "Drop Down Baby" with skiffle icon Lonnie Donegan from 1978. The second disc showcases Gallagher's considerable acoustic guitar playing and extremely effective singing, as well as his obsessions with Waters' slide playing and Jesse Fuller's and Big Bill Broonzy's rhythmically complex fingerpicking. Highlights include "Prison Blues" and Broonzy's "Bankers Blues" (both from the Blueprint sessions), the slide-tastic solo acoustic "Secret Agent" from a TV appearance in 1974, and a screaming solo take on John Lee Hooker's "Want Ad Blues" from a 1988 radio session. There are also several key originals, including the previously unissued "Whole Lot of People." The first three tracks from the live volume are drawn from a 1982 concert, with Gallagher's wrangling readings of Sonny Boy Williamson's "When My Baby Left Me," Jerry West's "Nothing But the Devil" and Willie Dixon's "What in the World" -- they’re fiery, direct, improvisational, and raw as hell. Junior Wells' "Messin with the Kid," culled from a 1977 Sheffield concert rocks like the MC5, as does Sonny Thompson's "Tore Down" from another show. There are three Gallagher guest spots, including "Born Under a Bad Sign" with Jack Bruce from 1991, "Comin’ Home Baby" with Chris Barber in 1989, and "You Upset Me" from Albert King's Live in 1975. All told, this box places Gallagher in his rightful place with his peers above, and as an influence cited by guitar slingers Brian May, Gary Moore, Johnny Marr, and Slash. Blues makes a final incontrovertible case for Gallagher's musical immortality.
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1
Don't Start Me Talkin' Jinx Session / 1982
Rory Gallagher
00:03:33

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sonny Boy Williamson, ComposerLyricist - Bob Andrews, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gerry McAvoy, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alan O'Duffy, Producer, Associate Producer - Brendan O'Neil, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

A UMC recording; ℗ 2019 Universal Music Operations Limited

2
Nothin' But The Devil Against The Grain Session / 1975
Rory Gallagher
00:04:57

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Dubka, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gerry McAvoy, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Martin, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Carlos Olms, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rod de'Ath, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Robin Sylvester, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

A UMC recording; ℗ 2019 Universal Music Operations Limited

3
Tore Down Blueprint Session / 1973
Rory Gallagher
00:05:09

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - SONNY THOMPSON, ComposerLyricist - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Dubka, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gerry McAvoy, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Martin, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Rod de'Ath, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

A UMC recording; ℗ 2019 Universal Music Operations Limited

4
Off The Handle BBC Radio 2 Paul Jones Blues Show / 1986
Rory Gallagher
00:04:38

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gerry McAvoy, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Brendan O'Neill, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2019 BBC

5
I Could've Had Religion WNCR Cleveland Radio Session / 1973
Rory Gallagher
00:05:56

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Arranger, Guitar, Vocals, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gerry McAvoy, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Martin, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Rod de'Ath, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

A UMC recording; ℗ 2019 Universal Music Operations Limited

6
As The Crow Flies Tattoo Session / 1973
Rory Gallagher
00:04:09

Tony Joe White, ComposerLyricist - Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gerry McAvoy, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Martin, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Rod de'Ath, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

A UMC recording; ℗ 2019 Universal Music Operations Limited

7
A Million Miles Away BBC Radio 1 Bob Harris Session / 1973
Rory Gallagher
00:07:48

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gerry McAvoy, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Martin, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Rod de'Ath, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2019 BBC

8
Should've Learnt My Lesson Deuce Session Outtake / 1971
Rory Gallagher
00:07:38

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Dubka, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gerry McAvoy, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Martin, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Rod de'Ath, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Robin Sylvester, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

A UMC recording; ℗ 2019 Universal Music Operations Limited

9
Leaving Town Blues Remixed
Rory Gallagher
00:06:02

Rory Gallagher, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Brown, Producer - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Alan Green, ComposerLyricist - Martin Dubka, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2019 Elmore Entertainment LLC

10
Drop Down Baby
Lonnie Donegan
00:03:09

Rory Gallagher, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Adam Faith, Producer - Lonnie Donegan, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Leo Sayer, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - SLEEPY JOHN ESTES, ComposerLyricist - Henry Spinetti, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Jones, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Roger McKew, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - George Bruno Money, Piano, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1978 Sharon Donegan

11
I'm Ready 1972 Version
Muddy Waters
00:04:09

Ian Green, Producer - Rory Gallagher, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - WILLIE DIXON, ComposerLyricist - Muddy Waters, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Pate, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - JAMES MOORE, ComposerLyricist - Herbie Lovelle, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Esmond Edwards, Producer

℗ 1972 Geffen Records

12
Bullfrog Blues WNCR Cleveland Radio Session / 1973
Rory Gallagher
00:06:59

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Arranger, Guitar, Vocals, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gerry McAvoy, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Martin, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Rod de'Ath, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

A UMC recording; ℗ 2019 Universal Music Operations Limited

DISC 2

1
Who's That Coming? Tattoo Session / Alternative Acoustic Take / 1973
Rory Gallagher
00:05:15

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Dubka, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

A UMC recording; ℗ 2019 Universal Music Operations Limited

2
Should've Learnt My Lesson Deuce Session / Alternative Acoustic Take / 1971
Rory Gallagher
00:03:04

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Dubka, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

A UMC recording; ℗ 2019 Universal Music Operations Limited

3
Prison Blues Blueprint Session / 1973
Rory Gallagher
00:04:11

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Dubka, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Lou Martin, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

A UMC recording; ℗ 2019 Universal Music Operations Limited

4
Secret Agent Acoustic Version / Live On RTÉ TV / 1976
Rory Gallagher
00:05:27

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2019 RTÉ

5
Blow Wind Blow WNCR Cleveland Radio Session / 1973
Rory Gallagher
00:03:41

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - McKinley Morganfield, ComposerLyricist - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

A UMC recording; ℗ 2020 Universal Music Operations Limited

6
Bankers Blues Blueprint Session Outtake / 1973
Rory Gallagher
00:04:49

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Big Bill Broonzy, ComposerLyricist - Martin Dubka, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Lou Martin, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

A UMC recording; ℗ 2019 Universal Music Operations Limited

7
Whole Lot Of People Deuce Session / Alternative Acoustic Take / 1971
Rory Gallagher
00:03:40

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Dubka, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Lou Martin, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

A UMC recording; ℗ 2019 Universal Music Operations Limited

8
Loanshark Blues Alternative Acoustic Take / Live On Rockpalast / 1987
Rory Gallagher
00:02:28

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2019 WDR

9
Pistol Slapper Blues Acoustic Version / Live On RTÉ TV / 1976
Rory Gallagher
00:03:07

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Fulton Allen, ComposerLyricist - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2019 RTÉ

10
Can't Be Satisfied
Rory Gallagher
00:03:59

Rory Gallagher, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Muddy Waters, ComposerLyricist - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer - Uli Kniep, Producer

℗ 2019 Uli Kniep

11
Want Ad Blues BBC Radio 2 Dave Fanning Session / 1987
Rory Gallagher
00:03:06

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Lee Hooker, ComposerLyricist - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2019 RTÉ

12
Walkin' Blues Acoustic Version / Live On RTÉ TV / 1987
Rory Gallagher
00:04:14

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Feltham, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer - Edward James House, Jr., Composer

℗ 2019 RTÉ

DISC 3

1
When My Baby She Left Me Live At The River Records Radio Concert Broadcast, Glasgow Apollo / 1982
Rory Gallagher
00:06:28

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Lee Williamson, ComposerLyricist - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gerry McAvoy, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Brendan O'Neill, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

A UMC recording; ℗ 2019 Universal Music Operations Limited

2
Nothin' But The Devil Live At The River Records Radio Concert Broadcast, Glasgow Apollo / 1982
Rory Gallagher
00:06:56

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gerry McAvoy, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Brendan O'Neill, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

A UMC recording; ℗ 2019 Universal Music Operations Limited

3
What In The World Live At The River Records Radio Concert Broadcast, Glasgow Apollo / 1982
Rory Gallagher
00:07:39

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Arranger, Guitar, Vocals, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gerry McAvoy, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Brendan O'Neill, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

A UMC recording; ℗ 2019 Universal Music Operations Limited

4
I Wonder Who Live
Rory Gallagher
00:06:35

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Feltham, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - McKinley Morganfield, ComposerLyricist - Martin Dubka, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gerry McAvoy, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Brendan O'Neill, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

A UMC recording; ℗ 2019 Universal Music Operations Limited

5
Messin' With The Kid Live From Sheffield City Hall / 1977
Rory Gallagher
00:04:18

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Junior Wells, ComposerLyricist - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Dubka, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gerry McAvoy, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Martin, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Rod de'Ath, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

A UMC recording; ℗ 2019 Universal Music Operations Limited

6
Tore Down Live From Newcastle City Hall / 1977
Rory Gallagher
00:04:51

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - SONNY THOMPSON, ComposerLyricist - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Dubka, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gerry McAvoy, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Martin, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Rod de'Ath, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

A UMC recording; ℗ 2019 Universal Music Operations Limited

7
Garbage Man Blues Live From Sheffield City Hall / 1977
Rory Gallagher
00:06:22

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Willie Hammond, ComposerLyricist - Martin Dubka, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gerry McAvoy, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Martin, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Rod de'Ath, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

A UMC recording; ℗ 2019 Universal Music Operations Limited

8
All Around Man Live On The Old Grey Whistle Test: Rory Gallagher Special / 1976
Rory Gallagher
00:11:11

Rory Gallagher, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gerry McAvoy, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Armenter Chatmon, ComposerLyricist - Lou Martin, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Rod de'Ath, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2019 BBC

9
Born Under A Bad Sign Live On Rockpalast / 1991
Rory Gallagher
00:07:19

Booker T. Jones, ComposerLyricist - Rory Gallagher, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Geraint Watkins, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Bruce, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Feltham, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - William Bell, ComposerLyricist - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brendan O'Neill, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2019 WDR

10
You Upset Me, Baby Live
Albert King
00:05:47

Rory Gallagher, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Washington, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Albert King, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Wilson, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Big Joe Turner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - JULES BIHARI, ComposerLyricist - Joe Bihari, ComposerLyricist - Giorgio Gomelsky, Producer - Maxwell Davis, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Eggers, Producer - Phil Lawrence, Producer - Lonnie Turner, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Nate Fitzgerald, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Wayne Preston, Horn, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Licensemusic.com Aps, under licence to Universal, Courtesy of Albert Kings Flying V

11
Comin’ Home Baby Live In Swindon / 1989
Chris Barber's Jazz Band
00:05:29

Rory Gallagher, Guitar, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Tucker, ComposerLyricist - Bob Dorough, ComposerLyricist - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Barber, Producer, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Barber's Jazz Band, MainArtist

℗ 2019 Chris Barber

12
Rory Talking Blues
Rory Gallagher
00:02:20

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Spoken Word, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Not Applicable, ComposerLyricist - Frank Arkwright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

A UMC recording; ℗ 2019 BBC / RTE / Jas Obrecht, under exclusive licence to Universal Music Operations Limited

Album Description

The late Irish blues rocker Rory Gallagher would have been pleased to see the Chess logo embossed on the three-disc Blues, a box of rare, unissued, acoustic, and live recordings. Issued to mark what would have been his half-century as a recording artist, 90-percent of the material here is previously unreleased. The discs are divided thematically: Electric, Acoustic, and Live. The booklet is wonderfully annotated with an authoritative essay from journalist and music historian Jas Obrecht; it places Gallagher in his rightful historical place as an electric blues rock pioneer alongside admirers Eric Clapton, Johnny Winter, Jimi Hendrix, and Peter Green. The set opens with a raucous cover of Sonny Boy Williamson's "Don't Start Me Talkin'," an unissued cut from the sessions that begat the excellent 1982 offering Jinx. Gallagher is in full Chicago house-rocking mode with his wailing harmonica and nasty slide guitar, accompanied by pounding piano and a barely contained rhythm section shuffle. His songwriting is showcased to fine effect, too, with the slow-burning "Off the Handle" from a live BBC appearance in 1986, "Should've Learnt My Lesson," an outtake from the Deuce sessions in 1971 (a midtempo blues rocker steeped in the Celtic folk tradition), and an unhinged take of his "Bullfrog Blues" from a radio station appearance in 1972. Along the way, we get lean, mean covers of Tony Joe White's "As the Crow Flies," Green's "Leaving Town Blues," and two guest spots, "I’m Ready" with Muddy Waters in 1971, and "Drop Down Baby" with skiffle icon Lonnie Donegan from 1978. The second disc showcases Gallagher's considerable acoustic guitar playing and extremely effective singing, as well as his obsessions with Waters' slide playing and Jesse Fuller's and Big Bill Broonzy's rhythmically complex fingerpicking. Highlights include "Prison Blues" and Broonzy's "Bankers Blues" (both from the Blueprint sessions), the slide-tastic solo acoustic "Secret Agent" from a TV appearance in 1974, and a screaming solo take on John Lee Hooker's "Want Ad Blues" from a 1988 radio session. There are also several key originals, including the previously unissued "Whole Lot of People." The first three tracks from the live volume are drawn from a 1982 concert, with Gallagher's wrangling readings of Sonny Boy Williamson's "When My Baby Left Me," Jerry West's "Nothing But the Devil" and Willie Dixon's "What in the World" -- they’re fiery, direct, improvisational, and raw as hell. Junior Wells' "Messin with the Kid," culled from a 1977 Sheffield concert rocks like the MC5, as does Sonny Thompson's "Tore Down" from another show. There are three Gallagher guest spots, including "Born Under a Bad Sign" with Jack Bruce from 1991, "Comin’ Home Baby" with Chris Barber in 1989, and "You Upset Me" from Albert King's Live in 1975. All told, this box places Gallagher in his rightful place with his peers above, and as an influence cited by guitar slingers Brian May, Gary Moore, Johnny Marr, and Slash. Blues makes a final incontrovertible case for Gallagher's musical immortality.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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