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Rory Gallagher's solo debut picks up where On The Boards left off - it's a solid, but significantly less raucous, blues rock outing with ten original tunes that were far more than skeletons for his incisive Strat picking. "Laundromat," "Hands Up," and "Sinner Boy"'s distinctive riffs were early concert favorites, but the album's ballads were some of Gallagher's strongest. "For the Last Time," "Just the Smile" and the acoustic "I'm Not Surprised" mixed strains of Delta blues with strong melodic sensibilities into songs of rare poignancy, especially for an artist who was best known for his scorching leads. In this respect Gallagher was an early model for Eric Clapton, whose solo career followed a similar path. Interestingly, Gallagher seems rather restrained throughout his debut, holding back the fret-burning in favor of strong songs. He opens up on the album's jazzy, seven-minute finale "Can't Believe It's You" which even features an alto sax, an instrument Gallagher all but abandoned on later albums. 2000's reissued, remastered version of the disc includes two additional tunes, Muddy Waters' slow Delta blues number "Gypsy Woman" and Otis Rush's fast Chicago shuffle "It Takes Time," both cut at the same sessions. "Gypsy Woman"'s slashing slide guitar and vocals sound as impassioned any other track; shuffle "It Takes Time" isn't quite as impressive but still shows how comfortable Gallagher is with straight blues. Brother/compiler Donal Gallagher's track notes are short but illuminating, and the remastered sound, although not as vibrant as on later reissues of Gallagher's catalog, is a big improvement over any existing version of this consistently superb album.
© Hal Horowitz /TiVo

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1
Laundromat
00:04:38

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Mandolin, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Eddy Offord, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Pearce, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gerry McAvoy, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Wortham, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wilgar Campbell, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

A UMC recording; ℗ 2018 Universal Music Operations Limited

2
Just The Smile
00:03:40

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Mandolin, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Eddy Offord, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Pearce, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gerry McAvoy, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Wortham, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wilgar Campbell, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

A UMC recording; ℗ 2018 Universal Music Operations Limited

3
I Fall Apart
00:05:12

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Mandolin, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Eddy Offord, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Pearce, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gerry McAvoy, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Wortham, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wilgar Campbell, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

A UMC recording; ℗ 2018 Universal Music Operations Limited

4
Wave Myself Goodbye
00:03:29

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Mandolin, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Eddy Offord, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Pearce, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gerry McAvoy, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Wortham, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wilgar Campbell, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Gallagher, Producer

A UMC recording; ℗ 2018 Universal Music Operations Limited

5
Hands Up
00:05:25

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Mandolin, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Eddy Offord, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Pearce, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gerry McAvoy, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Wortham, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wilgar Campbell, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

A UMC recording; ℗ 2018 Universal Music Operations Limited

6
Sinner Boy
00:05:05

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Mandolin, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Eddy Offord, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Pearce, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gerry McAvoy, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Wortham, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wilgar Campbell, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

A UMC recording; ℗ 2018 Universal Music Operations Limited

7
For The Last Time
00:06:34

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Mandolin, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Eddy Offord, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Pearce, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gerry McAvoy, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Wortham, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wilgar Campbell, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

A UMC recording; ℗ 2018 Universal Music Operations Limited

8
It's You
00:02:38

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Mandolin, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Eddy Offord, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Pearce, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gerry McAvoy, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Wortham, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wilgar Campbell, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

A UMC recording; ℗ 2018 Universal Music Operations Limited

9
I'm Not Surprised
00:03:37

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Mandolin, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Eddy Offord, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Pearce, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gerry McAvoy, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Wortham, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wilgar Campbell, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

A UMC recording; ℗ 2018 Universal Music Operations Limited

10
Can't Believe It's True
00:07:17

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Mandolin, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Eddy Offord, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Pearce, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gerry McAvoy, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Wortham, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wilgar Campbell, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

A UMC recording; ℗ 2018 Universal Music Operations Limited

11
Gypsy Woman
00:04:01

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Mandolin, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Eddy Offord, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Pearce, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - McKinley Morganfield, ComposerLyricist - Gerry McAvoy, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Wortham, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wilgar Campbell, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

A UMC recording; ℗ 2018 Universal Music Operations Limited

12
It Takes Time
00:03:30

Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Mandolin, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Otis Rush, ComposerLyricist - Eddy Offord, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Pearce, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gerry McAvoy, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Wortham, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wilgar Campbell, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer

A UMC recording; ℗ 2018 Universal Music Operations Limited

Album Description

Rory Gallagher's solo debut picks up where On The Boards left off - it's a solid, but significantly less raucous, blues rock outing with ten original tunes that were far more than skeletons for his incisive Strat picking. "Laundromat," "Hands Up," and "Sinner Boy"'s distinctive riffs were early concert favorites, but the album's ballads were some of Gallagher's strongest. "For the Last Time," "Just the Smile" and the acoustic "I'm Not Surprised" mixed strains of Delta blues with strong melodic sensibilities into songs of rare poignancy, especially for an artist who was best known for his scorching leads. In this respect Gallagher was an early model for Eric Clapton, whose solo career followed a similar path. Interestingly, Gallagher seems rather restrained throughout his debut, holding back the fret-burning in favor of strong songs. He opens up on the album's jazzy, seven-minute finale "Can't Believe It's You" which even features an alto sax, an instrument Gallagher all but abandoned on later albums. 2000's reissued, remastered version of the disc includes two additional tunes, Muddy Waters' slow Delta blues number "Gypsy Woman" and Otis Rush's fast Chicago shuffle "It Takes Time," both cut at the same sessions. "Gypsy Woman"'s slashing slide guitar and vocals sound as impassioned any other track; shuffle "It Takes Time" isn't quite as impressive but still shows how comfortable Gallagher is with straight blues. Brother/compiler Donal Gallagher's track notes are short but illuminating, and the remastered sound, although not as vibrant as on later reissues of Gallagher's catalog, is a big improvement over any existing version of this consistently superb album.
© Hal Horowitz /TiVo

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