BBC Sessions (Rory Gallagher album)

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BBC Sessions
BBC Sessions (Rory Gallagher album).jpg
Compilation album by Rory Gallagher
Released 1999
Recorded 1971–1986
Genre
Length 61:28 (live), 65:21 (studio)
Label Capo
Rory Gallagher chronology
Etched In Blue
(1998)
BBC Sessions
(1999)
Wheels Within Wheels
(2003)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]

BBC Sessions is a blues rock album by Rory Gallagher, released in 1999. The album was compiled from live recordings made at the BBC by Gallagher's brother Dónal and released posthumously.

Background[edit]

From the earliest stages of Gallagher's career, the BBC played an important part in shaping his musicianship. As a boy, he refused to go outside if it meant missing the Saturday Club and rushing home for this four o'clock programme which dedicated half an hour to a different group each week. The young Gallagher considered these broadcasts a test to see if bands could demonstrate the same musicianship in a spontaneous performance as in the studio.[2] Starting with his first band Taste, Gallagher had an excellent relation with Mike Raven and John Peel at BBC radio. It was for Peel that Gallagher recorded the songs in this collection.[3] To an artist who opposed releasing singles, the sessions collected here on this compilation proved invaluable in allowing his music to reach new fans. The release was greeted with moderately good reviews from the music press[4] and acclamation from Gallagher's fans.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Rory Gallagher; except where noted.

In concert[edit]

  1. "Calling Card" – 8:25
  2. "What in the World" – 9:17 (Traditional; arranged by Gallagher)
  3. "Jacknife Beat" – 8:59
  4. "Country Mile" – 3:17
  5. "Got My Mojo Working" – 5:17 (Preston Foster)
  6. "Garbage Man" – 5:54 (Willie Hammond)
  7. "Roberta" – 2:37 (Traditional; arranged by Gallagher)
  8. "Used to Be" – 4:59
  9. "I Take What I Want" – 6:57 (David Porter, Mabon Hodges, Isaac Hayes)
  10. "Cruise On Out" – 5:48

Studio[edit]

  1. "Race the Breeze" – 6:53
  2. "Hands Off" – 4:58
  3. "Crest of a Wave" – 3:57
  4. "Feel So Bad" – 4:58 (Chuck Willis)
  5. "For the Last Time" – 4:13
  6. "It Takes Time" – 4:28 (Traditional; arranged by Gallagher)
  7. "Seventh Son of a 7th Son" – 7:59
  8. "Daughter of the Everglades" – 6:12
  9. "They Don't Make Them Like You" – 3:58
  10. "Tore Down" – 5:14 (Sonny Thompson)
  11. "When My Baby She Left Me" – 5:00 (John Lee Curtis Williamson)
  12. "Hoodoo Man" – 7:23 (Traditional; arranged by Gallagher)

Personnel[edit]

In concert[edit]

Studio[edit]

  • Wilgar Campbell – drums on tracks 3, 5, 6, 10 & 12
  • Rod de'Ath – drums on tracks 1–2, 4 & 7–9
  • Brendan O'Neill – drums on track 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ BBC Sessions at AllMusic
  2. ^ "BBC Sessions Disc 1 Liner Notes". rorygallagher.com. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Connaughton, Marcus (2012-09-07). Rory Gallagher: His Life and Times. Collins Press. p. 1149. ISBN 9781848891531. 
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen. "Rory Gallagher The BBC Sessions". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Gallant, Doug (October 29, 2011). "Just as great the second time around". Charlottetown Guardian.