RORY GALLAGHER  IRISH TOUR '74 CD RELEASE REVIEW


The term legend is banded about too often these days. It seems that every whipper-snapper that's appeared on a reality TV show or had a number one is placed on a pedestal and held up as an icon. However, few stand thetest of time and contribute anything valid to their creative field. Rory Gallagher is indeed deserving of the title. His mass of wayward Irish hair, workman shirts and beaten up Stratocaster are as recognisable as Slash's hat,Iron Maiden's mascot, Kiss' make up and Angus Young's schoolboy outfit. More importantly, his music has influenced all the best rock bands of the last 30 years and will continue to inspire.

It's 40 years since Rory's hailed Irish Tour '74. This celebrated tour was originally released as a live recording but missed the opportunity to have any bonus material. This re-issue changes all that and has expanded this landmark tour into a glorious 7 CD and feature length documentary set and 44 previously unreleased live and studio tracks. This is quite simply one of the best live recordings to ever be released. The rock and blues influence on todays artists is tangible and he is every bit as important as The who, Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones. Hailed by Irish Ambassador Daniel

Mullhall as a founding figure of Irish rock music and a pioneer in bringing the sound to a wider audience and paving the way for bands like Thin Lizzy and U2. Even during the Troubles Rory wasn't afraid to use music as a unifying force and travel Belfast on the tour, something most artists would have considered unthinkable at the peak of violence in Northern Ireland.

His brazen attitude sums up his fearless approach to his music. His energy exudes from the recording and in some places his sound is extremely progressive and experimental, with a nod to Hendrix and Zappa. When performing on home turf in Cork must have been a proud moment for Rory, and all who were there to witn