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Rory Gallagher, 'Irish Tour '74 (40th Anniversary Edition)'
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14. Rory Gallagher, 'Irish Tour '74 (40th Anniversary Edition)'

The Irish blues-rock guitar icon made strong, often great albums in the Seventies. But he was at his best, always, on stage. Gallagher's present to the home country, at the turn of '74, was seven shows in three cities, including Belfast, where sectarian violence had scared off most touring bands. A fantastic 1974 double LP was taken from riotous gigs in Cork, where Gallagher grew up. This boxed set is the tour complete, with similar set lists but vigorously different performances each night by one of rock's most reliantly electrifying guitarists. A DVD of Tony Palmer's eyewitness film, Irish Tour '74, captures the soft-spoken Gallagher defying the bloodshed in Belfast, determined to play for fans on both sides of the Troubles with no guns drawn except for the one in Blind Boy Fuller's "Pistol Slapped Blues."

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