miracle that County Cork cowboy, Gallagher, ever finds time between
gigs to lay down an album. Still, knowing his “No messin’ round
with anything" technique, I’ll wager he got this pleasing little
package together in a couple of days non-stop.
course, sees the wax debut of the new Gallagher line up – Rod de’Ath on
drums, Lou Martin on keyboards, and the remaining Gerry
McAvoy on bass. And it’s a nice one. There’s evidence here
that Mr. G is more willing to acknowledge the fact that Rory Gallagher
is at time a band – although he’s always going to be total ace cat in
He spits into side one with “Walk On Hot Coals,” appropriately
titled. It’s fast, and flitchy – a predictable, and nevertheless
a totally enjoyable Gallagher rocker. Gallagher the balladeer on
“Daughter of the Everglades” – without doubt the most “musical thing
he’s ever done. Not slow, but nevertheless, a ballad.
Pleasing lyrics too. Then, of course, dem blues, with “Banker’s
Blues,” the Bill Broonzy classic. A tasty shuffle-boogie with
Martin supplying some delicate dancing on the piano. Gallagher’s
voice is just perfect for this run, and he blows in some mean harp
too. “Hands Off,” a quick gnashing rocker – Gallagher putting
echo around his voice to give the whole track a lovely late 50s
edge. The band follows him like a gem here, considering that some
of his guitar running is just astonishing with its complexity.
“Race the Breeze,” is night-train, lengthy blues/country/rock.
Then “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.” Whoops! An unusual
trip into, but it lifts into a heavily riffed length. Gallagher
at his best, fast, gutsy, and hell bent on winning. “Unmilitary
Two-Step,” a bit of acoustic guitar fun – Leadbelly style.
Oh, what an enjoyable player he is. So, here’s another Big G
album – it’s not going to change the course of the world, but it’ll
give you a selection of everything he’s so rightly famous for.
I’ll say it’s his most interesting yet. – R.H. From
February 10, 1973
Thanks to Brenda O'Brien for sharing this article reformatted by roryfan