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New Rory Gallagher Live Album, ‘Check Shirt Wizard’ Set For March Release

The 20-song, previously unreleased, set is culled from four shows (London, Brighton, Sheffield and Newcastle) during an early 1977 tour across the UK.

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Rory Gallagher Check Shirt Wizard Live Album
Photo: Chris Nation courtesy of Strange Music Ltd

Following on from 2019’s highly successful BLUES album, Chess/UMC are proud to be releasing Check Shirt Wizard- Live In ‘77.

This 20-song, previously unreleased, set is culled from four shows (London, Brighton, Sheffield and Newcastle) during an early 1977 tour across the UK in support of Gallagher’s then latest album Calling Card. Featuring fantastic live versions of tracks from that album as well as songs from the 1975 Against The Grain album and other live favourites.

Check Shirt Wizard has been mixed from the original multi track tapes from the Rory Gallagher archive, which were recorded by the Rolling Stones and Jethro Tull’s mobile studios and mastered at Abbey Road.

Rory Gallagher’s most popular albums have always been his live ones, such as Live! In Europe, Irish Tour ’74 and Stage Struck. He was an artist that came alive when onstage and this album covers a previously undocumented live period. “The whole concert was taped on the Jethro Tull Maison Rouge mobile by the way, and from where I was standing that concert on record would surpass the classic “Live in Europe” album. And that’s saying a lot.” Brian Harrigan Melody Maker – 1977, Hammersmith Odeon, London.

Check Shirt Wizard’s cover painting is by a young Irish graffiti artist Vincent Zara who has stencilled Gallagher’s image across his home country.

If ever there was a “musician’s musician” then that accolade surely belongs to Rory Gallagher. Renowned for his blistering live performances and highly respected for his dedication to his craft, he died in 1995, aged just 47, yet his reputation has continued to flourish in the years since. Indeed, some of rock’s most seminal figures, from Jimi Hendrix to Eric Clapton, Queen’s Brian May to The Smiths’ Johnny Marr, have cited him as an influence. Rory Gallagher remains a touchstone for all would-be guitar heroes in the 21st Century.

Check Shirt Wizard is out on 6 March. Scroll down to read the full tracklist and buy it here.

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Check Shirt Wizard: 2CD
‘Do You Read Me’ (Live From The Brighton Dome, 21st January 1977)
‘Moonchild’ (Live From The Brighton Dome, 21st January 1977)
‘Bought And Sold’ (Live From Sheffield City Hall, 17th February 1977)
‘Calling Card’ (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon, 18th January 1977)
‘Secret Agent’ (Live From Sheffield City Hall, 17th February 1977)
‘Tattoo’d Lady’ (Live From The Brighton Dome, 21st January 1977)
‘A Million Miles Away’ (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon, 18th January 1977)
‘I Take What I Want’ (Live From Sheffield City Hall, 17th February 1977)
‘Walk On Hot Coals’ (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon, 18th January 1977)
‘Out On The Western Plain’ (Live From Sheffield City Hall, 17th February 1977)
‘Barley & Grape Rag’ (Live From Sheffield City Hall, 17th February 1977)
‘Pistol Slapper Blues’ (Live From Sheffield City Hall, 17th February 1977)
‘Too Much Alcohol’ (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon, 18th January 1977)
‘Going To My Hometown’ (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon, 18th January 1977)
‘Edged In Blue’ (Live At Newcastle City Hall, 18th February 1977)
‘Jack-Knife Beat’ (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon, 18th January 1977)
‘Souped-Up Ford’ (Live From The Brighton Dome, 21st January 1977)
‘Bullfrog Blues’ (Live From The Brighton Dome, 21st January 1977)
‘Used To Be’ (Live At Newcastle City Hall, 18th February 1977)
‘Country Mile’ (Live At Newcastle City Hall, 18th February 1977)

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