Rory Gallagher - Live in Europe Gatefold COver 12" VINYL LP ALBUM

  Live In Europe is one of the best Rory Gallagher albums and it was recorded during his European tour in 1972. Most of the songs on this album were completely new.


large album front cover photo of: RORY GALLAGHER - Live In Europe 1972

This is the original UK edition of "Live in Europe" with a gatefold cover

Album Summary: 

Recording Engineers Gerhard Henjes, Alan Perkins, Robin Sylvester.

Cover design and photography Mick Rock

Mick Rock, born on 24 November 1948, is a renowned British photographer widely known for his iconic images of rock and roll legends. Dubbed "The Man Who Shot the Seventies", Rock's distinctive style and uncanny ability to capture the essence of the music and artists he photographed have solidified his position as one of the most influential rock photographers of all time.

Early Life:
Michael David Rock was born in London, England. From an early age, he displayed a deep interest in the arts and music. He attended Cambridge Arts College, where he further honed his artistic skills and developed a passion for photography. During this time, he experimented with various techniques and styles that would eventually define his unique visual language.

Rise to Fame:
In 1969, Mick Rock's career took a serendipitous turn when he met a young and relatively unknown musician named David Bowie (then known as David Jones). The meeting marked the beginning of a transformative partnership and close friendship between the two artists. Rock's camera lens would go on to capture some of the most iconic moments of Bowie's Ziggy Stardust era, helping to cement Bowie's status as a legendary rock star.


Rock's ability to capture the raw and flamboyant energy of the emerging glam rock movement brought him to the forefront of the music scene. Throughout the 1970s, he became the go-to photographer for rock and roll royalty, working with iconic acts such as Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Queen, The Ramones, and many others.

Photographic Style:
Mick Rock's style was characterized by a unique mix of intimate, candid shots, and staged, imaginative portraits. He had a keen eye for detail, and his use of lighting and composition brought a surreal and theatrical quality to his photographs. His pictures often managed to capture the vulnerability and charisma of his subjects, revealing the human side behind the rock star fa├žade.

The visual language he developed became synonymous with the glam rock era and significantly influenced the perception of rock and roll culture during that time. His images exuded an aura of decadence and hedonism, reflecting the spirit of the era's music and lifestyle.

Later Career:
As the music scene evolved, so did Mick Rock's photography. In the 1980s and beyond, he continued to collaborate with musicians from various genres, documenting the rise of new wave, punk, and post-punk acts. His versatility as a photographer allowed him to adapt to changing musical landscapes, capturing the essence of each unique era.

In addition to his photography work, Mick Rock has also directed music videos for prominent artists like David Bowie, including the iconic video for "Life on Mars?" He has published several acclaimed photography books, showcasing his vast collection of images from his decades-long career.

Legacy and Recognition:
Mick Rock's contributions to the world of rock and roll photography have earned him widespread recognition and numerous accolades. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, and he continues to be celebrated as one of the pioneers of his craft. Rock's images have become an integral part of music history, immortalizing the spirit of some of the most legendary and influential musicians of all time.

Mick Rock a selection of album covers for which he has done the photography: Queen , David Bowie , Syd Barrett, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and The Stooges, Geordie, The Sex Pistols, The Ramones, Joan Jett, Talking Heads , Roxy Music , Crossfade, Thin Lizzy, Mötley Crüe , and Blondie. Often referred to as "The Man Who Shot the Seventies", most of the memorable images of David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust were shot by Mick Rock, in his capacity as Bowie's official photographer.

Heavy Metal bands he has photographed include: Attila, Def Leppard , Doro , Fates Warning, Hallows Eve, Piece Dogs, Riot V, Thin Lizzy, Voivod , Yngwie J. Malmsteen.


Music Genre:

Rock, Blues, Boogie Music 

Collector's info:

This is the original UK gatefold edition

Record Label Information:

Polydor 2383-112  

Media Format:

12" LP Vinyl Gramophone Record 

Year & Country:

1972 Made in England  
Album cover photos of : Rory Gallagher - Live in Europe (Gatefold)
Cover photos of : Rory Gallagher - Live in Europe (Gatefold)
Photo of Rory Gallagher on the inside of the cover


Photo of Rory Gallagher on the inside of the cover

Photo of Rory Gallagher and his band performing live

Photo of Rory Gallagher and his band performing live

Photo of Rory Gallagher and his band performing live

Photo of Rory Gallagher and his band performing live

Close-up of the Polydor 2383-112 Record Label

Close-up of the Polydor 2383-112 Record Label  

Band Members and Musicians on: Rory Gallagher - Live in Europe (Gatefold)
  • Rory Gallagher - guitar, vocals

      Rory Gallagher (Real-name: William Rory Gallagher) was an Irish guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer. Due to his virtuosic playing, but relative lack of fame compared to some others, he has been referred to as "the greatest guitarist you've never heard of", and strongly influenced other guitarists such as Brian May and Eric Clapton. Gallagher was voted as guitarist of the year by Melody Maker magazine in 1972, and listed as the 57th greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. (Source: wikipedia)

    William Rory Gallagher was born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, Ireland on 02/03/1948. He was the first child of Daniel Gallagher 1919 and Monica Roche. He did not have a fixed lineup of musicians but instead had a number of musicians who joined him on various albums and tours, including Lou Martin, Gerry McAvoy, Wilgar Campbell, Rod de'Ath, Brendan O'Neill and Mark Feltham among others. He released several albums throughout his career, starting with his self-titled debut album in 1971, and continuing with albums such as "Against the Grain" (1975), "Calling Card" (1976), "Photo-Finish" (1978), "Top Priority" (1979), "Stage Struck" (1980) and "Defender" (1987) among others. He was a popular live performer and several of his albums were recorded live
  • Wilgar Campbell - drums

      Wilgar William Campbell was a drummer from Northern Ireland who is best known for his work as a member of Rory Gallagher's band. He was a member of Rory Gallagher's band in the late 1970s and early 1980s, playing on the album "Photo-Finish", "Top Priority" and "Stage Struck" among others. He was known for his powerful and dynamic drumming style, which helped to drive Gallagher's live performances. He formed a tight rhythm section with bassist Gerry McAvoy and keyboardist Lou Martin. He was also part of the tours during this period.

  • Gerry McAvoy - Bass guitar

      Gerry McAvoy (Real-name: John Gerard McAvoy ) a bassist from Northern Ireland, best known for his work as a member of Rory Gallagher's band from 1971 to 1991. McAvoy first joined Gallagher's band in 1971 and played on all of Gallagher's albums and tours during his tenure with the band. He was known for his solid and powerful bass playing, and his tight rhythm section work with drummer Rod de'Ath. McAvoy was also a key member of Gallagher's touring band, and he played on all of Gallagher's tours, including the Irish Tour '74, which was recorded and released as a live album. McAvoy was with Rory Gallagher band until his death in 1995. After that he formed his own band and continue to play Rory Gallagher's songs.

Track Listing of: Rory Gallagher - Live in Europe (Gatefold)
    Side One:
  1. Messin' with the kid
  2. Laundromat
  3. I could've had religion
  4. Pistol Slapper Blues
    Side Two:
  1. Going to my home town
  2. In your town
  3. Bullfrog Blues

Explore the Blues-Rock Legacy of Rory Gallagher Through His Comprehensive Vinyl LP Discography

Band Description:

Rory Gallagher was an Irish blues and rock musician who became known for his electrifying guitar playing and soulful vocals. Born 1948 in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, Gallagher began playing guitar at a young age and was heavily influenced by American blues musicians such as Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, and Buddy Guy. 

Gallagher formed his first band, The Fontana Showband, at the age of 15, and later went on to form the power trio Taste in the late 1960s. The band gained a following in Ireland and the UK, and Gallagher's passionate live performances and blistering guitar solos soon made him a sought-after musician. 

In the early 1970s, Gallagher embarked on a successful solo career, releasing a string of acclaimed albums such as "Irish Tour '74" and "Photo-Finish". He continued to tour extensively, playing to enthusiastic crowds around the world and earning a reputation as one of the greatest live performers of his generation. 

Gallagher's music was characterized by his fiery guitar playing, which blended elements of blues, rock, and folk music. His emotive vocals and heartfelt lyrics also set him apart from many of his contemporaries. 

Despite his success, Gallagher remained a humble and down-to-earth musician who always put his art first. He continued to perform and record throughout the 1980s and 1990s, releasing albums such as "Defender" and "Fresh Evidence". 

Sadly, Gallagher's life was cut short when he passed away on 14 June 1995 at the age of 47. Nevertheless, his music continues to inspire generations of musicians and fans around the world. With his soulful voice and blistering guitar playing, Gallagher left an indelible mark on the world of blues and rock music, and his legacy will continue to live on for ever