RORY’S LATEST IS WHAT HIS FANS EXPECT Richard Green
RORY GALLAGHER: DEUCE (Polydor
Super 2383 076)
RORY’S already considerable reputation
having been recently enhanced with a string of British and American
concert appearances, it takes a further stride forward with the release
of this exciting album, which is well representative of what his fans
expect. In fact the first three tracks - Used To Be, I’m Not Awake Yet
and Don’t Know Where I’m Going - showcase contrastingly different sides
of the band’s music in rock and roll, blues and a country and western tinged style.
It occurs to me that at times the sound isn’t as
full could be and this may be due to a lack of production (Rory’s own),
but it doesn’t detract from the over all goodness of a mighty fine
album that is of the type much needed in these days when so much
mediocrity has crept into the business.
Rory is a guitarist and showman
supreme and listening to his sterling work on Deuce one can imagine him moving
about the stage as he does. Gerry McAvoy’s bass work is of a high
quality and Wilgar Campbell demonstrates his very good drum technique
on more than one occasion.
Going to concerts and festivals and
enjoying Rory’s trio is one of the things I shall miss when I leave
this business at Christmas time and I shall take this album with me to
recall some of the good times I’ve had in the past twelve years.
Of the individual tracks, Used To Be is rock and roll with
special lead guitar licks and some nice drumming and I’m Not Awake yet lays the
misconception that the trio is just Rory with two blokes in
support. On this number, Gerry’s bass lines are particularly
good. There’s A Light
is another prime example of teamwork and Maybe I Will and Crest Of A Wave have unexpected
changes of tempo that alternate between rock and flowing tones.
Lot Of People has the sort of roaring Rory Gallagher solo that
sends fans into ecstasies as has the next track, In Your Town, another rocker which
sounds as if a bit of Elmore James influence has crept in - it’s a
stormer of a number that should be used as the plug track. R.G.
Other tracks: Should’ve Learnt My Lesson, Out Of My Mind. This
article comes from the December 4, 1971 issue of New Musical Express Thanks to Brenda O'Brien for sharing and perparing this article
reformatted by roryfan