Deluxe reissues for the 50th anniversaryRory Gallagher's eponymous debut solo album turns 50 in 2021. Universal is celebrating this special anniversary with three different 50th Anniversary Editions - on double CD, three LPs and as a deluxe box set with four CDs plus DVD.
"Rory Gallagher" was originally released by Polydor in 1971. It was the Irish blues rocker's first solo album after leaving the band Taste a year earlier. In the spring of 1971, Gallagher recorded the record with drummer Wilgar Campbell and Gerry McAvoy on bass at Advision Studios in London. Two songs also feature Vincent Crane on piano.
A total of ten songs, all penned by Gallagher, eventually made it onto the album. The band perfected them right up until the recording sessions in a rehearsal room in the basement of a music store in London's Fulham district. "Rory Gallagher" reached number 32 in the UK charts.
The 50th Anniversary Editions on double CD and double vinyl feature a new stereo mix of the original album including 18 unreleased alternate takes.
In addition to the new mix, the deluxe four-CD box set and DVD includes 30 previously unreleased alternate takes, a six-song "BBC Radio John Peel Sunday Concert" from 1971, and four "BBC Radio Sounds of the Seventies" session tracks from 1971, all mastered at Abbey Road Studios. The box set includes a previously unreleased 50-minute DVD of Rory's first solo concert for the television show "Pop Deux," a poster and a 32-page hardcover book featuring rare/unseen photos by British rock photographer Barrie Wentzell and exclusive cover notes written by Rory's brother and manager Donal Gallagher and his longtime bassist Gerry McAvoy. In addition, there is memorabilia from the album recording and handwritten song lyrics by Rory.