Rory Gallagher Fans Are in for a Treat With Forthcoming 'Deuce' Releases

Rory Gallagher
(Image credit: Mick Rock)

Good news for Rory Gallagher fans: UMC has just announced that 50th anniversary editions of his 1971 LP Deuce will be out on September 30.

New releases in celebration of the Irish guitarist’s sophomore album will include the following:

  • Quadruple CD deluxe set
  • Double CD
  • Triple vinyl
  • Single colored vinyl BBC in Concert (D2C)
  • Deluxe digital HD
  • Deluxe digital standard

King of the hill is the quadruple CD deluxe set.

This awesome collection delves deep into the archives. Along with a fresh mix of the original album there is a massive twenty-eight previously unreleased alternate takes available to listen to.

A six-track 1972 BBC Radio In Concert recording along with seven Radio Bremen radio session tracks are also included.

A fan’s dream, the package contains a 64-page hardback book – including a foreword by Johnny Marr – previously unseen photos by the late Mick Rock, essays, and memorabilia from the album recording.

The double CD and triple vinyl releases are essentially cut down versions of the quadruple CD deluxe set.

Additionally, a special D2C colored vinyl of the BBC In Concert performance will be available.

Rory Gallagher Deuce

(Image credit: UMC)

One of the greatest blues-rockers there was, Gallagher’s matchless style attracted praise from some of best-known guitar players in music.

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

There was one day when I was playing along with the 'Deuce' album, which was a complete turning point for me

Johnny Marr

"He was just a magician,” remarked Brian May. “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?"

Marr claims Gallagher changed his musical life entirely by inspiring him to pick up an electric guitar.

"There was one day when I was playing along with the Deuce album, which was a complete turning point for me,” recalled the Smiths guitarist.

You can pre-order any of the above here.

Rod Brakes

Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as GuitaristTotal Guitar, Guitar WorldGuitar Player and MusicRadar in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.