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Customer Reviews

Rory's 'other' band

While a lot of attention is rightly paid to Rory's later studio and live tour albums, check out the band named "Taste". Rory and his 2 bandmates recorded and performed as Taste in 1968-69. In 1969 I had the occasion to visit family in Ireland 2 weeks before I was inducted into the US Army, and came home with both Taste albums...excellent, raw and energetic blues fused music, with stellar performances by all three members of Taste. It's really worth checking out, and seeing how a great talent grew, only to die too soon, too young, like so many others.

Im new to Rory

Im new to Rory but really really love this album. To call it a blues ablum is really selling it short there is so much more Rory offers on this album its the first album of his Ive listened too and I really look forward to working my through the rest of his work

guitar slinger as singer/songwriter

I believe Rory Gallagher was still a boy when he recorded this -- something like 17 years old. The playing and singing is much more laid back overall than on his later and better known recordings. There are some lovely songs here and yes, the ballads are the standouts, especially (in my opinion) I Fall Apart and For the Last Time. There are also four (!) acoustic tunes that all rank with his best. In spite of the raucous signature tracks Laundromat and Sinner Boy, this almost feels like a by-the-fireplace-in-the-living-room recording of a (bluesy) talented singer-songwriter. Rory is in fine, relaxed voice and even the guitar leads tend to be simple and understated. Best of all, for the first and last time in his career, there isn't a dud song here! Although, for me, the new additions don't contribute enough to warrant their inclusion. Perhaps also because this record should properly end with Can't Believe It's True, like it originally did.


Born: March 2, 1948 in Ballyshannon, Donegal, Ireland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

For a career that was cut short by illness and a premature death, guitarist, singer, and songwriter Rory Gallagher sure accomplished a lot in the blues music world. Although Gallagher didn't tour the U.S. nearly enough, spending most of his time in Europe, he was known for...
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