New Rory Gallagher Collection, ‘Blues’, To Feature A Wealth Of Rare And Unreleased Material

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In what would have been the 50th year of Rory Gallagher’s recording career, UMC are pleased to announce the release of Blues on 31 May.

From the vaults of the Gallagher estate’s tape archive comes this collection of rare and unreleased recordings of the legendary singer/guitarist playing his favourite blues material. Ranging from never heard before tracks to special guest sessions with legendary blues artists (Muddy Waters / Albert King) and lost radio sessions, this album uncovers Rory Gallagher’s love of the blues throughout his solo career from 1971 right through to 1994.

The trailblazing Irish musician’s love of the blues also rubbed off on his contemporaries. Eric Clapton described him as “The man who got me back into the blues”, while Bob Geldof has said: “It’s not too much to say that what like Hendrix did for the electric blues, Rory did in an Irish context. You know Hendrix was the great originator, he sought of did field hollers for the pace age you know. But Rory absolutely injected some Irish thing into it.”

Formats for Blues include a 16 track CD/2LP version, limited edition blue vinyl 2LP and a deluxe 36 track 3CD version showcasing Rory Gallagher’s virtuoso performances of electric, acoustic and live blues. The deluxe edition comprises 90% unreleased material and features performances with musical legends such as Muddy Waters, Albert King, Jack Bruce, Lonnie Donegan and Chris Barber. The Deluxe Edition also comes with an extensive booklet comprising previously unseen pictures plus a new essay by award winning Blues/Rock writer Jas Obrecht.

Blues is out on 31 May.

Blues: 3CD deluxe edition:

Electric Blues:

‘Don’t Start Me Talkin’ (Unreleased track from the Jinx album sessions 1982)
‘Nothin’ But The Devil’ (Unreleased track from the Against The Grain album sessions 1975)
‘Tore Down’ (Unreleased track from the Blueprint album sessions 1973)
‘Off The Handle’ (Unreleased session Paul Jones Show BBC Radio 1986)
‘I Could’ve Had Religion’ (Unreleased WNCR Cleveland radio session from 1972)
‘As the Crow Flies’ (Unreleased track from Tattoo album sessions 1973)
‘A Million Miles Away’ (Unreleased BBC Radio 1 Session 1973)
‘Should’ve Learnt My Lesson’ (Outtake from Deuce album sessions 1971)
‘Leaving Town Blues’ (Tribute track from Peter Green ‘Rattlesnake Guitar’ 1994)
‘Drop Down Baby’ (Rory guest guitar on Lonnie Donegan’s Puttin’ On The Style album 1978)
‘I’m Ready’ (Guest guitarist on Muddy Waters London Sessions album 1971)
‘Bullfrog Blues’ (Unreleased WNCR Cleveland radio session from 1972)

Acoustic Blues:

‘Who’s That Coming’(Acoustic outtake from Tattoo album sessions 1973)
‘Should’ve Learnt My Lesson’ (Acoustic outtake from Deuce album sessions 1971)
‘Prison Blues’ (Unreleased track from Blueprint album sessions 1973)
‘Secret Agent’ (Unreleased acoustic version from RTE Irish TV 1976)
‘Blow Wind Blow’ (Unreleased WNCR Cleveland radio session from 1972)
‘Bankers Blues’ (Outtake from the Blueprint album sessions 1973)
‘Whole Lot Of People’ (Acoustic outtake from Deuce album sessions 1971)
‘Loanshark Blues’ (Unreleased acoustic version from German TV 1987)
‘Pistol Slapper Blues’(Unreleased acoustic version from Irish TV 1976)
‘Can’t Be Satisfied’ (Unreleased Radio FFN session from 1992)
‘Want Ad Blues’ (Unreleased RTE Radio Two Dave Fanning session 1988)
‘Walkin’ Blues’ (Unreleased acoustic version from RTE Irish TV 1987)

Live Blues:

‘When My Baby She Left Me’ (Unreleased track from Glasgow Apollo concert 1982)
‘Nothin’ But The Devil’ (Unreleased track from Glasgow Apollo concert 1982)
‘What In The World’ (Unreleased track from Glasgow Apollo concert 1982)
‘I Wonder Who’ (Unreleased live track from late 1980s)
‘Messin’ With The Kid’ (Unreleased track from Sheffield City Hall concert 1977)
‘Tore Down’ (Unreleased track from Newcastle City Hall concert 1977)
‘Garbage Man Blues’ (Unreleased track from Sheffield City Hall concert 1977)
‘All Around Man’ (Unreleased track from BBC OGWT Special 1976)
‘Born Under A Bad Sign’ (Unreleased track from Rockpalast 1991 w/ Jack Bruce)
‘You Upset Me’ (Unreleased guest performance from Albert King album ‘Live’ 1975)
‘Comin’ Home Baby’ (Unreleased track from 1989 concert with Chris Barber Band)
‘Rory Talking Blues’ (Interview track of Rory talking about the blues)

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