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Albums Of The Week: Rory Gallagher | Deuce 50th Anniversary Edition

The anniversary version of the Irish blues-rock bruiser's second solo set ups the ante with two discs of outtakes and demos, plus another solid live set. Keep ’em coming.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Released in November 1971, just six months after his eponymous solo debut, Irish blues-rocker Rory Gallagher’s second album Deuce was the summation of all that he’d promised in the wake of his previous power trio Taste’s collapse. Rory wanted to capture the feeling of a live performance, so he would look to record immediately after live concerts while keeping production to a minimum.

He chose Tangerine Studios, a small reggae studio in Dalston, East London, due to its history with legendary producer Joe Meek. With Gerry McAvoy on bass guitar and Wilgar Campbell on drums, the album was engineered by Robin Sylvester and produced by Rory. Deuce features many Gallagher highlights, from the blistering Crest Of A Wave to the Celtic-infused I’m Not Awake Yet.

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Deuce has been reissued in deluxe CD box set. The extensive celebratory release digs deep into the Rory Gallagher Archives and includes a new mix of the original album, 28 previously unreleased alternate takes, a six-song 1972 BBC Radio In Concert performance, and seven Radio Bremen radio session tracks. The package will contain a 64-page hardback book with a foreword by Johnny Marr (“There was one day when I was playing along with the Deuce album, which
was a complete turning point for me as a guitar player”), unseen images by the late Mick Rock, essays and memorabilia from the album recording. The two-CD and three-LP releases of the set will be cut-down versions from the deluxe box, and BBC In Concert – Live at The Paris Theatre, 13 January 1972 will also be available separately.”

 

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