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Album Review

The second and final studio recording by Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher's neo-Cream trio reins in the playing to focus more on songwriting. The material is a virtual grab bag of blues-rock styles, moving from driving rockers ("What's Going On," "I'll Remember") and basic boogies ("Morning Sun," "If I Don't Sing I'll Cry") to a bottleneck blitz ("Eat My Words") and a pair of acoustic ballads. There's a pronounced jazzy tinge to his spiky guitar and never-again-heard alto sax on the slow blues of the title track and "It's Happened Before, It'll Happen Again," the latter giving the Richard McCracken-John Wilson rhythm section a chance to stretch out and swing fluidly. The lyrics, never a Gallagher strong suit, are pretty simplistic, but the chorus hooks do stick. It could all have added up to one big eclectic mess, but for the often one-dimensional, sometimes ham-fisted Gallagher, the laudable variety turns On the Boards into the high point of his recording career.

Customer Reviews

On the boards

Whoever did the album review is an idiot and does not know a thing about Rory Gallagher, "ham fisted", "one dimensional" I think not. Tatoo is one of the best albums of the 70's.


The band that which Rory Ghallager made his big debeu unfortunately never got the praise and fame it deserved from such magnificent titles such as what's going on and Railway and gun, I cannot reccomend this album highly enough to anyone for the beautiful artistry it contains.


Any recordings of Rory are classic... Even the tracks he did on box of frogs album.... Taste should be the first ones on the list


Formed: 1966 in Ireland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '00s, '10s

Before becoming a solo star, Rory Gallagher fronted the blues-rock trio Taste, which experienced reasonable success in the U.K. in the late '60s and early '70s. Taste was molded very much on the model of Cream, adding some folk, pop, and jazz elements to a blues-rock base, and featuring a virtuosic guitarist. They weren't in the same league as Cream, particularly in the songwriting department, and were (like Cream) prone to occasional blues-rock bombast. But they weren't a bad band in their own right,...
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