Rory Gallagher - Self-titled 12" VINYL LP ALBUM

This self-titled debut album by Rory Gallagher is the first solo album by the Irish blues-rock musician Rory Gallagher, released in 1971. The album features a mix of original songs and covers, and showcases Gallagher's guitar playing skills, as well as his songwriting and singing abilities. The album was recorded in London and produced by Denny Cordell, who had produced several albums for Joe Cocker and Procol Harum.

The album features a raw, live-in-the-studio sound and features Gallagher playing a variety of instruments including guitar, harmonica, and mandolin. It includes songs such as "Laundromat", "I Fall Apart" and "Just the Smile" which are considered some of his best early songs. The album received positive reviews and it was a commercial success in UK and Ireland, it helped establish Gallagher as a solo artist and set the stage for his successful career. 


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Album Description:

The self-titled album, often referred to as "Rory Gallagher", showcases the immense talent and raw energy of the young guitarist, establishing him as a force to be reckoned with in the world of blues and rock music.

The album kicks off with the electrifying track "Laundromat", a bluesy number driven by Gallagher's blistering guitar solos and gritty vocals. From the very first notes, it becomes apparent that this album is something special. Gallagher's guitar playing is nothing short of extraordinary, displaying a mastery of the instrument far beyond his years. His fiery and emotive solos inject each song with a sense of urgency and passion that is impossible to ignore.

Throughout the album, Gallagher effortlessly shifts between blues, rock, and even hints of folk, creating a diverse and captivating musical experience. Tracks like "I Fall Apart" and "Sinner Boy" showcase his soulful side, with poignant lyrics and heartfelt delivery. The introspective "For the Last Time" is a tender ballad that highlights Gallagher's ability to convey deep emotions through his music.

The production on the album is simple and unadorned, allowing Gallagher's guitar playing and vocals to take center stage. The raw and organic sound captures the energy and intensity of his live performances, making the listener feel as if they are right there in the room with him.

Rory Gallagher's self-titled debut album is a remarkable introduction to the world of this extraordinary musician. It is a testament to his virtuosity as a guitarist, his powerful and soulful vocals, and his ability to write captivating songs. The album laid the foundation for his long and illustrious career, earning him a devoted fan base and establishing him as one of the greatest guitarists of his generation.

Music Genre:

  Rock Boogie Blues Music 

Album Production:

Producer:   Denny Cordell

Engineer Eddy Offord

Record Label Information:

  Polydor 2383 044 (2383044)

Media Format:

  12" Vinyl LP Record  

Year & Country:

  1971 Made in Germany  
Band Members and Musicians on: Rory Gallagher - Self-titled
  • Rory Gallagher - Guitars, 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
  • 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.

  • Wilgar Campbell

      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.

  • Vincent Crane

      Vincent Crane (real-name: Vincent Rodney Cheesman) was an English keyboardist, best known as a member of the band Atomic Rooster. He was a founding member of the band, playing with them from 1969 to 1974 and again from 2007 until his death in 1989. He was known for his keyboard and organ playing, which was heavily influenced by the blues and featured a distinctive style.

     Crane also worked as a session musician and played on many albums and tours with various artists. He also played on the album "Jinx" of Rory Gallagher in 1982. He had a reputation as a talented and versatile musician and his work with Atomic Rooster and other bands helped to establish him as a respected figure in the rock and blues scene. Unfortunately, he died on February 14, 1989 due to suicide.

Track Listing of: Rory Gallagher - Self-titled
    Side One:
  1. Laundromat
  2. Just the Smile
  3. I Fall Apart
  4. Wave Myself Goodbye
  5. Hands Up
    Side Two:
  1. Sinner Boy
  2. For The Last Time
  3. It's You
  4. I'm Not Surprised
  5. Can't Believe it's True


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Record Label Details: Polydor 2383 044

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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