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Blu-ray Review: What's Going On: Taste - Live At The Isle Of Wight

One of the band's final performances, filmed in front of 600,000 fans.
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In 1970, Taste, led by guitarist Rory Gallagher, should have taken the music world by storm. They had received critical acclaim from the likes of John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix and delivered a killer set at the Isle Of Wight Festival. What should have been a major coming out party though turned out to be the beginning of the end, as the band announced their breakup just a few days later, the result of disagreements between Gallagher and drummer John Wilson and bassist Richard McCracken over money, management and a host of other issues. Had they not been obligated to

New Music Tuesday: R.E.M., Bryan McKnight, Theory of a Deadman, Blake Shelton, George Thorogood

New Music Tuesday | New CD Releases July 12, 2011
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All right, boys and girls, it's New Music Tuesday and the pickings aren't overly great this week but we should a few of these highlights so let's get to it…As a matter of record, I love R.E.M. Love them. Love, love, love them. They are in the midst of a re-issue campaign of their classic IRS albums. The first two, Murmur and Reckoning, were both issued with vintage live performances from the respective tours for those records. Neither of the shows had been previously released. One show was complete, the other excerpted. I was happy. They offered up a

Review: Rory Gallagher - 'Tattoo,' 'Against The Grain,' 'Calling Card' Re-Issues

Three of the Irish bluesman's great mid-seventies efforts.
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Rory Gallagher was one busy Irishman in the early seventies. Between 1971-1973 he had already issued four LPs. Rory Gallagher, Deuce, and Blueprint were studio efforts, and there was also the self-explanatory Live In Europe. These four were recently re-mastered and re-released by Eagle Rock, with bonus tracks added. The hard-working musician also recorded Tattoo in 1973, which kicks off Eagle’s latest reissue series. In addition to his live work, Tattoo has taken its place as a favorite of Rory’s fans. The record features his anthemic concert staples, “Tattoo’d Lady” and “Cradle Rock." There is also the great acoustic guitar-led, harmonica-driven

New Music Tuesday: McCartney, Metheny, Matt Schofield, Rory Gallagher

New Music Releases For June 14, 2011
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There is no June Swoon when it comes to new music- it's another week loaded with good stuff you need to add to your collection. First up, we've been talking about Pat Metheny's new CD What It's All About a lot over the past couple weeks and now you can find out what it's all about for yourself. Check out my review, which features a video of Metheny performing one of the songs from the album. I think you're going to like this one. I certainly did. Paul McCartney is reissuing McCartney and McCartney II, both remastered at Abbey
In a Rolling Stone interview, Jimi Hendrix was asked what it was like to be the world’s greatest guitar player. “I don’t know, go ask Rory Gallagher,” was his reply. Hendrix was not particularly known for his compliments to fellow musicians, in fact he once dismissed Brian Wilson’s “Heroes And Villains” as “psychedelic barber-shop music.” Nevertheless, Jimi recognized a kindred spirit in Rory. Rory Gallagher (1948-1995) never rose above cult status in the United States, although he was huge in Europe. In Ireland, Rory is practically a saint. It seems like nearly every Irish town in the country has some

Review: Rory Gallagher - Irish Tour '74 DVD and LP

Rory Gallagher in top form, touring a very dangerous Ireland in 1974.
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"Rory, Rory, Rory," chants an Irish crowd sometime in 1974, and as the tension builds, we know that tonight will be something special. Tony Palmer's brilliant document of those dates, titled Rory Gallagher: '74 Irish Tour captures all the greatness of Rory and his four-piece band onstage that season. The performances alone make this a definitive Gallagher concert film, but Palmer's cameras also show us what was going on around the island at the time - making this one of the great "rock-docs" of all time. Touring Ireland was a dicey prospect in the early seventies. This was a time