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Unreleased Rory Gallagher Album Unearthed

Friday, March 25th 2011 00:00

Brand new album due in June - listen to a preview here

A brand new 2CD set of unreleased Rory Gallagher material will be released this summer.

In November 1977, after completing a 6 month world tour, Rory Gallagher and his band flew straight from their last show in Japan to San Francisco to begin working on a new album, with famed American producer Elliot Mazer (Neil Young – 'Harvest', Janis Joplin – 'Cheap Thrills', The Band – 'The Last Waltz'). Mazer recalls that the sessions grew "tense", as Gallagher wasn’t happy with the mixing process, describing them as "too complicated", and by the end of January 1978 he shelved the whole record and broke up his band of the past 5 years.

Fast forward to 2010 and Rory's brother and manager, Donal, allowed his son & Rory's nephew, Daniel, to recover the album from the Gallagher archive and begin the process of mixing it with his engineer. Rory said in 1992 he hoped the album would surface one day but only if it were remixed and now we finally get to hear this never before issued studio album from a key period of Gallagher's career, an album that would have been released between 'Calling Card' and 'Photo Finish'.

CD 2 is also another fabulous discovery, a blistering live album taken from four nights at The Old Waldorf, San Francisco December 1979. In the audience Van Morrison, on stage Rory Gallagher (guitar/vocals), Gerry McAvoy (bass) and Ted McKenna (drums).

Incidentally, the album's sleeve image is an original postcard Rory Gallagher posted to his mother while on tour. Gallagher would always send postcards back home to Ireland from wherever he was in the world. The Limited Edition Deluxe Edition of 'Notes From San Francisco' will include a set of personalised Rory postcards complete with 'Rory Stamps' which have been sourced from the original US company that produced them.

Here's the song 'Rue The Day' from the album:

Notes From San Francisco is released in Europe in June.

CD1
1. Rue The Day
2. Persuasion
3. B Girl
4. Mississippi Sheiks
5. Wheels Within Wheels
6. Overnight Bag
7. Cruise On Out
8. Brute Force & Ignorance
9. Fuel To The Fire

BONUS TRACKS
10. Wheels Within Wheels (Alt version)
11. Cut A Dash
12. Out On The Tiles

CD2
1. Follow Me
2. Shinkicker
3. Off The Handle
4. Bought And Sold
5. I’m Leavin'
6. Tattoo'd Lady
7. Do You Read Me
8. Country Mile
10. Shadow Play
11. Bullfrog Blues
12. Sea Cruise
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