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Editors’ Notes

Some songwriters prove to be most prolific while tangled up in touring. Such was the case with Irish blues-rock champion Rory Gallagher when he penned the nine tunes for 1973’s Tattoo during a 1971 tour. “Tatoo'd Lady” opens, sounding like fellow Irish rockers Thin Lizzy (sans guitar harmonies) before the much more aggressive “Cradle Rock” pushes the boundaries of the blues with a ferocious attack on the riffs and some of the best lead guitar work of Gallagher’s recording career. “20:20 Vision” quiets down with acoustic guitars and piano alongside brushed drums. Gallagher doubles his leads on the swanky “They Don't Make Them Like You Anymore” before romanticizing the life of a big-rig operator on the chugging “Livin’ Like a Trucker” (where his wah-wah pedal makes a rare appearance). The hard-driving “Admit It” closes, with a heavy rock edge that hinted at the direction of 1976’s Calling Card. Bonus tracks include a countrified cover of Link Wray’s “Tucson, Arizona” and a nearly eight-minute jam on Rosco Gordon’s “Just a Little Bit.”

Customer Reviews

One of the best

You get some of Rory's best here including quasi-title track Tattoo'd Lady, A Million Miles Away, Just a Little Bit plus Cradle Rock. The studio version of Who's That Coming? shouldn't be overlooked either. The Irish Tour Live has it but only if you purchase entire album which is a shame because it flat out rocks! An amazing 10 minute corker. Who's That Coming....Is it You? Honest to gawd, first time I heard this I crank it up then gave Rory a standing ovation...while in my car!

A true Gem

I can't believe Rory doesn't get more recognition. This is a great place to start along with the "Irish Tour". I especially love the songs "A Million Miles Away" and "Cradle Rock, which the later song, Joe Bonamassa plays in honor of Rory on his 1st album! Gotta Love it!

Underrated and awesome

This is one of the best blues rock works by one of the greatest guitarists to ever live. Rory is one of the most criminally underrated guitarists ever and it is truly a shame. His shear power and raw guitar talent is outstanding. I reccommend this and all of his work to any fan of blues and rock and to any guitarist that wants to hear real gitar music


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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