Irish Tour '74

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Irish Tour '74
Live album by Rory Gallagher
Released 21 July 1974
Recorded January 2-4, 1974
Genre Blues rock
Length 69:27
Label Polydor 2659 031 (UK)
Polydor 9501 (USA)
Buddha 99650 (CD reissue)
Producer Rory Gallagher
Rory Gallagher chronology
Tattoo
(1973)
Irish Tour '74
(1974)
Against the Grain
(1975)
Alternative cover
cover of the CD version
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Irish Tour '74 is a double-album by Rory Gallagher, compiled from live recordings made at concerts on an Irish Tour in January 1974 at Belfast Ulster Hall, Dublin Carlton Cinema and Cork City Hall. "Back on My Stompin' Ground (After Hours)" was taken from a jam session during the tour on the Lane Mobile Unit. Irish Tour has sold in excess of two million copies worldwide. An article in a Belfast daily newspaper stated: "Rory Gallagher never forgot Northern Ireland, he returned throughout the '70s when few other artists of his calibre dared come near the place."[2]

Background[edit]

Gallagher never enjoyed going into the studio to make records. Playing to a live audience was essential he thought to get the real energy needed for the kind of music he wanted to play. The members of his band felt the same way. Speaking about the Irish tour album keyboardist Lou Martin said "Albums were always done in a rush because we were on the road so much, and then we’d come back to London and it could be two weeks – like Blueprint was done in two weeks – and that is ridiculous,... but Irish Tour was an absolute highlight,... the band came to fruition in the Calling Card days, by that time we were well seasoned … everybody knew everybody else’s style of playing... The studio was not the best environment for recording. He wasn’t at his most comfortable or happiest, I mean a lot of people really adapted to it really well like The Allman Brothers or Little Feat. With Rory, if he didn’t have somebody to look at then he couldn’t feed off the energy. That’s why Irish Tour is such a good bloody album because it was recorded live, he got the crowd there with him singing along and sort of like urging him along… without the presence of an audience the recording process for Rory was a bit of a strain"[3]

Gallagher's 1974 tour of Ireland coincided with one of the most tumultuous times in Belfast. Violence from IRA terrorists was erupting throughout the city even at rock concerts. As a result, most rock acts refused to play in the city. The day before Gallagher's scheduled concert in Belfast ten bombs went off at various locations around the city. Everyone expected Gallagher to cancel as all the other big names had but he went on with the concert and was rewarded with one of his best shows. A local Belfast journalist writing to describe the concert and the feeling of staying strong in the face of terrorism said "I've never seen anything quite so wonderful, so stirring, so uplifting, so joyous as when Gallagher and the band walked on stage. The whole place erupted, they all stood and they cheered and they yelled, and screamed, and they put their arms up, and they embraced. Then as one unit they put their arms into the air and gave peace signs. Without being silly, or overemotional, it was one of the most memorable moments of my life. It all meant something, it meant more than just rock n' roll, it was something bigger, something more valid than just that."[4]

Additionally, rock film director Tony Palmer filmed many of the concerts on the tour. He originally planned to use it for a television special, but he later found the footage so good that he released it as a theatrical motion picture. The accompanying album would be considered the "soundtrack" of the film.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Rory Gallagher unless stated.

Side one

  1. "Cradle Rock" – 7:38
  2. "I Wonder Who" (Morganfield) – 7:52
  3. "Tattoo'd Lady" – 5:04

Side two

  1. "Too Much Alcohol" (J. B. Hutto) – 8:30
  2. "As the Crow Flies" (Tony Joe White) – 6:02
  3. "A Million Miles Away" – 9:29

Side three

  1. "Walk on Hot Coals" – 11:13
  2. "Who's That Coming?" – 10:05

Side four

  1. "Back on My Stompin' Ground (After Hours)" – 5:18
  2. "Maritime" – 0:33 (a)

(a) On first Spanish double vinyl 1974 edition the track 10 is "Just a little Bit" instead of "Maritime".

(a) On the re-released (in a digital remastered) CD-version in 1998 there was the song "Just a Little Bit" as number 10 before "Maritime". This track is available as a bonus track on the remastered CD-version of Gallagher's 1973 album Tattoo. It is written by Rosco Gordon.

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1974 Billboard Top 200 Albums 110[5]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ rorygallagher.com
  3. ^ Connaughton, Marcus (2012-09-07). Rory Gallagher: His Life and Times. Collins Press. pp. 1133–1143. ISBN 9781848891531. 
  4. ^ HOLLINGWORTH, ROY. "MM MAN REPORTS FROM ROCK-STARVED BELFAST". rorygallagher.com. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  5. ^ allmusic.com