26/01/2012

Rory Gallagher Albums To Be Re-Issued

By Mark Ashby

Rory Gallagher's first six albums are being re-issued, to mark the 40th anniversary of the start of his solo career.

The albums – Rory Gallagher, Deuce, Live In Europe, Blueprint, Tattoo and Irish Tour ’74 (1974) – are being re-released in chronological order.
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These milestone albums were released during Rory's most prolific years, 1971 through 1974, when he recorded and produced six albums in a three year period. Each of the albums is now re-released in digipack form, with artwork restored from the original first release cover art. The audio has been re-mastered from the original ¼” inch tapes. Each album includes exclusive sleeve notes written by Donal Gallagher, Rory’s brother and former tour manager, legendary photographer Mick Rock, and British journalist Roy Hollingworth.

Daniel Gallagher, Rory's nephew and producer of the re-issues, said: "It's fantastic that, 40 years since the original release of these albums, the interest in Rory's music is still so strong and vibrant that we can celebrate the man's music by re-issuing his first six classic solo albums.

"We've aimed to release them in the spirit of the original release by going back to the vinyl artwork and original 1/4" tapes so that they look and sound exactly as Rory intended. It's also great to see in a digital world that the demand for a physical copy of Rory's music means we can release these albums on vinyl for the first time in over 30 years."

(MA)

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