Reviewed! Rory Gallagher - Rory Gallagher: Irish Tour 74'

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Rory Gallagher
Rory Gallagher: Irish Tour 74’
Eagle Rock Ent.

If you are of the misguided bunch unaware of the amazing musicality that guitar maestro Rory Gallagher possesses, then it should only take one track off of his new live DVD, Rory Gallagher: Irish Tour 74’, “Walk on Hot Coals,” to show you just that.      

Honestly though, there is a pretty good chance you probably do not know who Rory Gallagher is, and that in and of itself, is a damn shame. In short, Gallagher was a true six-string legend, a player so good that Jimi Hendrix once referred to him as the best guitarist in the world, someone though, who remains an unknown for the most part because he was intent touring his native Ireland rather than ply his trade overseas in the states. And it is criminal that he isn’t more appreciated just because he didn’t break in the U.S.

Rory Gallagher: Irish Tour 74’, a DVD that captures nearly ten shows, wrapping them up into one, is a sight to behold, a fitting encapsulation of what Gallagher and his backing band had to offer audiences during their tenure onstage. Their sound is crisp and cutting across the board, as the band sound just as great playing anything from acoustic ballads (“As the Crow Flies”) to literal blues rock clinics (“Walk on Hot Coals”).

Interspersed through the live performances of Rory Gallagher: Irish Tour 74’, viewers will be privy to backstage footage as well as interview snippets. As for extras, there are some home videos included, as well as an addition concert from Ireland in 1972 that aired originally on Irish television. 

Though Gallagher was seemingly taken too early at age 47, Rory Gallagher: Irish Tour 74’ will always serve as a reminder of the wonderments Gallagher left us with, a DVD collection that shows just how talented this guy really was. 

Grade: B+