Photo-Finish is the 1978 studio album by the Irish Musician "Rory Gallagher". For this album he turned his band into a power-trio with him on vocals and guitar, Gerry McAvoy on bass guitar and Ted McKenna drums.
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Irish Blues Rock
Chrysalis 6307 620
Record Format: 12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram
1978 Made in West Germany
Rory Gallagher - Producer
Alan O'Duffy - Producer
Alan O'Duffy - Sound Engineer
Recorded at Dierks Studio, Stommeln, West Germany
Dieter Dierks Studios is a renowned recording studio located in Stommeln, Germany. It was established by Dieter Dierks, a highly respected German record producer and sound engineer, during the 1970s. The studio has played a significant role in shaping the sound of numerous prominent artists, particularly in the rock and metal genres.
Dieter Dierks Studios gained widespread recognition due to its commitment to utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and technologies. This dedication to innovation allowed the studio to consistently deliver high-quality recordings with exceptional sound quality. Many musicians and bands sought out the studio for its advanced facilities and expertise in capturing and enhancing the distinct characteristics of rock and metal music.
Several notable artists have recorded at Dieter Dierks Studios. One of the most famous bands associated with the studio is the Scorpions. The studio played a pivotal role in the Scorpions' success and helped them achieve international acclaim with albums like "Lovedrive" (1979), "Animal Magnetism" (1980), and "Blackout" (1982).
Additionally, Accept, another influential German heavy metal band, worked extensively with Dieter Dierks Studios. Their albums "Breaker" (1981), "Restless and Wild" (1982), and "Balls to the Wall" (1983) were recorded at the studio, further solidifying its reputation within the metal community.
Furthermore, the renowned German rock musician Udo Lindenberg also utilized Dieter Dierks Studios for his recordings. Lindenberg's collaboration with the studio resulted in successful albums such as "Panische Nächte" (1976) and "Odyssee" (1983).
Throughout its history, Dieter Dierks Studios has fostered a creative and productive environment, attracting numerous musicians seeking to achieve exceptional sound quality and capture the essence of rock and metal music. The studio's legacy remains intertwined with the success of the artists who have recorded there, and its contributions to the music industry have solidified its status as a respected recording facility.
Danny Clifford - Photography
Peter Wagg - Photography
Rory Gallagher - Vocals, Guitars
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
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.
Ted McKenna - Drums
Edward McKenna Edward McKenna was a Scottish drummer who played with The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Rory Gallagher,The Greg Lake Band, and The Michael Schenker Group.He also toured with Ian Gillan for a short period of time in 1990, alongside fellow former SAHB member, bassist Chris Glen. He lectured in Applied Arts at North Glasgow College from 1996–2011. (Source; wikipedia)
White and Blue Chrysalis 6307 620 Record Label Details: Made in West-Germany, GEMA
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