Album review: RORY GALLAGHER – Live At The Montreux Festival 1975-94

RORY GALLAGHER - Live At The Montreux Festival 1975-94

Salvo Records [Release date 08.04.13]

Although these recordings are available separately (previously released in 2006 and 2008) this is the first time they are available as a dual-format release.  The compilers have brought together a single CD which spans a ten year period, 1975-85, and two DVDs including a complete 1994 gig.

If this charts a performer succumbing ultimately to the day’s musical taste and preference it is still a great opportunity.  From Rory’s earliest appearance – and the visceral ‘Laundromat’ and ‘I’m Torn Down’ – to the later more rock arena stylings of ‘Shadow Play’ and ‘Philby’ the Irish guitarist is both well recorded and filmed.

The most poignant aspect of this album is that complete 1994 gig recorded just less than 12 months before his death whilst there are seven bonus acoustic tracks further attesting his great musicality.

This is yet another great reminder of a wonderful performer and the deluxe presentation is further bolstered by a 16-page booklet. ****

Review by David Randall

David Randall presents ‘Assume The Position’ on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio every Sunday at 22:00 GMT.

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