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Rory Gallagher’s Eponymous Solo Debut Celebrates 50 Years With New Box Set

The new 5-disc edition includes a new mix of the original album, plus rarities including thirty previously unreleased outtakes and alternate takes.

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Photo: Barrie Wentzell

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Rory Gallagher’s eponymous 1971 debut solo album, UMC is pleased to announce the 3 September 2021 release of a five-disc Deluxe Boxset of the album will include a brand-new mix of the original album, thirty previously unreleased outtakes and alternate takes, a six-song 1971 BBC Radio John Peel Sunday Concert, plus four 1971 BBC Radio Sounds of the Seventies session tracks, all mastered at Abbey Road Studios.

Also included is a previously unreleased 50-minute DVD of Rory’s first-ever solo concert which was filmed in Paris, France for the ‘Pop Deux’ television show.

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The extensive package will also contain a 32-page hardback book with many rare and previously unseen photographs from British rock photographer Barrie Wentzell, essays and memorabilia from the album recording including hand-written song lyrics by Rory Gallagher, and an exclusive limited-edition poster.

The 2CD and 3LP editions of the album will be cut-down versions from the Deluxe Boxset. There will also be a special D2C limited edition color 1LP featuring the John Peel Sunday Concert.

The box set will also include exclusive liner notes written by his brother and manager Donal Gallagher, his longtime bass guitarist Gerry McAvoy (1970-1991) and photographer Barry Wentzel, plus a full 1971 interview with Rory by journalist Roy Eldridge.

Gallagher’s eponymous debut album features some of the most beloved Rory songs such as “I Fall Apart” (Rory’s second most streamed song), “Laundromat” and “Just The Smile”. Also unearthed during the 2021 mixing sessions are the previously unreleased “At The Bottom”, a track Rory ended up re-recording for his 1975 Against The Grain album, plus “Advision Jam” a rocking instrumental. The recording saw Rory Gallagher on guitar and lead vocals as well as alto sax, harmonica and mandolin, Gerry McAvoy on bass and Wilgar Campbell on drums. Atomic Rooster’s Vincent Crane plays piano on two out of the ten songs on the album “Wave Myself Goodbye” and “I’m Not Surprised”.

Rory had not played live since his previous band Taste disbanded on October 24 1970. When his eponymous solo album was released in May 1971, he embarked on a 16-date UK tour, ten days touring Ireland, and a short jaunt of Switzerland.

Recorded at the legendary Advision Studios in Fitzrovia, London, Gallagher’s eponymous debut album showcases the Irish guitarist as a multi-faceted interpreter of the blues with a cross-section of the blues from acoustic to heavy blues soul. Advision was one of the hottest recording studios in the 60s and 70s and home of classic albums recorded by The Yardbirds, The Who, The Move, T. Rex, David Bowie, Kate Bush, Elton John, Slade, Gentle Giant, Gerry Rafferty, and many more.

If ever there was a “musician’s musician” then that accolade 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.

Rory’s timeless reputation has continued to flourish in the years since. Indeed, some of rock’s most seminal figures, from Jimi Hendrix to Eric Clapton, Joe Satriani to Joe Bonamassa, Queen’s Brian May to The Smiths’ Johnny Marr, Slash of Guns N Roses to the Edge of U2, have cited him as an influence. Rory remains a touchstone for all would-be guitar heroes in the 21st Century.

The 5-CD edition of Rory Gallagher’s eponymous debut is out on 3 September and can be pre-ordered here.

CD1:
“Laundromat” – 50th Anniversary Edition
“Just The Smile” – 50th Anniversary Edition
“I Fall Apart” – 50th Anniversary Edition
“Wave Myself Goodbye” – 50th Anniversary Edition
“Hands Up” – 50th Anniversary Edition
“Sinner Boy” – 50th Anniversary Edition
“For The Last Time” – 50th Anniversary Edition
“It’s You” – 50th Anniversary Edition
“I’m Not Surprised” – 50th Anniversary Edition
“Can’t Believe It’s True” – 50th Anniversary Edition

CD2:
“Gypsy Woman” – Tangerine Studio Session
“It Takes Time” – Tangerine Studio Session
“I Fall Apart” – Tangerine Studio Session
“Wave Myself Goodbye” – Tangerine Studio Session
“At The Bottom” – Alternate Take 1
“At The Bottom” – Alternate Take 2
2At The Bottom” – Alternate Take 3
“At The Bottom” – Alternate Take 4
“Advision Jam”
“Laundromat” – Alternate Take 1
“Just The Smile” – Alternate Take 1
“Just The Smile” – Alternate Take 2
“I Fall Apart” – Alternate Take 1
“Wave Myself Goodbye” – Alternate Take 1
“Wave Myself Goodbye” – Alternate Take 2

CD3:
“Hands Up” – Alternate Take 1
“Hands Up” – Alternate Take 2
“Hands Up” – Alternate Take 3
“Hands Up” – Alternate Take 4
“Hands Up” – Alternate Take 5
“Hands Up” – Alternate Take 6
“Sinner Boy” – Alternate Take 1
“Sinner Boy” – Alternate Take 2
“Sinner Boy” – Alternate Take 3
“For The Last Time” – Alternate Take 1
“For The Last Time” – Alternate Take 2
“For The Last Time” – Alternate Take 3
“It’s You” – Alternate Take 1
“It’s You” – Alternate Take 2
“I’m Not Surprised” – Alternate Take 1
“I’m Not Surprised” – Alternate Take 2
“Can’t Believe It’s True” – Alternate Take 1

CD4:
“For The Last Time” – Live On BBC “Sounds Of The Seventies” / 1971*
“Laundromat” – Live On BBC “Sounds Of The Seventies” / 1971*
“It Takes Time” – Live On BBC “Sounds Of The Seventies” / 1971*
“I Fall Apart” – Live On BBC “Sounds Of The Seventies” / 1971*
“Hands Up” – Live On BBC “John Peel Sunday Concert” / 1971
“For The Last Time” – Live On BBC “John Peel Sunday Concert” / 1971
“In Your Town” – Live On BBC “John Peel Sunday Concert” / 1971
“Just The Smile” – Live On BBC “John Peel Sunday Concert” / 1971
“Laundromat” – Live On BBC “John Peel Sunday Concert” / 1971
“It Takes Time” – Live On BBC “John Peel Sunday Concert” / 1971
(*Off Air Recording)

DVD:
Interview
“Hands Up”
“Wave Myself Goodbye”
“It Takes Time”
“Sinner Boy”
“For the Last Time”
“The Same Thing”
“I Fall Apart”

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