Blueprint (Rory Gallagher album)

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Rory Gallagher - Blueprint.jpg
Studio album by Rory Gallagher
Released 18 February 1973
Recorded December 1972
Marquee Studios and Polydor Studios
Length 43:23
Label Polydor 2383 189 (UK)
Polydor 5522 (USA)
Producer Rory Gallagher
Rory Gallagher chronology
Live in Europe
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

Blueprint is the fourth album by Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher, released as a vinyl record in 1973. With his first band Taste and with his solo band up to this point Gallagher was one of the first guitarists to lead a power trio lineup. With Blueprint Gallagher included a keyboardist for the first time.


For Blueprint Gallagher replaced drummer Wilgar Campbell with Rod de'Ath and decided to add Lou Martin, the keyboardist from de'Ath's previous band Killing Floor. This four piece lineup was to be one of Gallagher's most successful resulting in many of his most popular songs and documented in live film and TV appearances on shows such as Rockpalast and the Old Grey Whistle Test. The band would play together for five years. Blueprint, as with all the studio albums recorded by the Gallagher quartet illustrated Gallagher's eclectic musical influences.[1][2]

The album title and artwork were taken from the blueprint of a Stramp "Power Baby" amplifier that had been custom designed for Gallagher in Hamburg. "It was compact enough to fit into the small luggage compartment of a Volkswagen Beetle" recalled Gallagher's brother and manager Donal.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were composed by Rory Gallagher except where noted.

Side one

  1. "Walk on Hot Coals" – 7:04
  2. "Daughter of the Everglades" – 6:14
  3. "Banker's Blues" (Big Bill Broonzy) – 4:47
  4. "Hands Off" – 4:32

Side two

  1. "Race the Breeze" – 6:55
  2. "Seventh Son of the Seventh Son" – 8:26
  3. "Unmilitary Two-Step" – 2:50
  4. "If I Had a Reason" – 4:31

CD bonus track

  1. "Stompin' Ground (alt version 10)" – 3:32
  2. "Treat Her Right" (Roy Head) – 4:01


Production details[edit]

  • Phil Dunn – engineer
  • Andrew Pearce – mastering
  • Andy Stephens – engineer
  • Mark Jessett – art direction
  • Tony Arnold – remastering


  1. ^ a b Horowitz, Hal. "Rory Gallagher Blueprint". Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Gallagher, Donal. "Blueprint Liner Notes". Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Connaughton, Marcus (2012). Rory Gallagher His Life and Times. The Collins Press. p. 1091. ISBN 9781848891531. 

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