Live, Rare & Unreleased Rory Gallagher Tracks Finally See the Light of Day

Irish blues guitarist Rory Gallagher performs at the Omni Coliseum on February 8, 1976 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Released in 1971 after the disbandment of Taste the previous year, Rory Gallagher’s eponymous debut album was recorded at London’s Advision Studios and further established him as a guitarist to be reckoned with. 50 years on and the Irish bluesman’s legacy continues as a guitarist’s guitarist, with the likes of Joe Satriani, Joe Bonamassa, and Slash citing him as a major influence.

Irish singer and guitarist Rory Gallagher (1948 - 1995) in a studio, July 1973

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In celebration of the album’s golden anniversary, a limited edition five-disc Deluxe box set has been planned for release on September 3. A Rory Gallagher fan’s dream, it includes a brand-new mix of the original album; 30 unreleased/alternative tracks; a 6-song BBC Radio John Peel Sunday concert from 1971; and 4 other BBC Radio session tracks. 

The Deluxe box set also contains a previously unreleased DVD of the French “Pop Deux” television show, along with a 32-page hardback book containing rare and previously unseen photographs.

A 1961 Fender Stratocaster electric guitar, Vox AC30 amplifier and Rangemaster treble booster owned by the late Irish musician Rory Gallagher

Rory Gallagher's 1961 Fender Stratocaster, Vox AC30 amplifier and Dallas Rangemaster booster (Image credit: Future)

Cut down versions of the Deluxe release are available as a double CD and limited edition 3LP.

Click here to pre-order your copy.

Rory Gallagher 50th Anniversary

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