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THE RORY GALLAGHER FACTOR/CHRIS CROSS’S STRONG RETURN WITH DOCTOR FAITH-REVIEWS JOHN EMMS

 

Some music fans complain that every classic artist in the entire history of the genre continues to have their catologue re-issued every few years.

 The fans have their right to say WTF. In so many instances a lot of these fans have voiced that this idea is pure shite

Eagle Records has acquired the rights to release the entire Rory Gallagher album catologue and if this double cd is any indication, you will be very happy

The album Notes From San Francisco Rory Gallagher’s  1977 opus has never saw the light of day.

Since the first day I cranked Notes from SF in my vehicle it has not left it. Produced by Elliot Mazer (yep that guy) this album just sparkles with clarity and smack centre rock n’ blues credibility.

It makes you wonder, how come this cd did not come sooner?

Apparently Gallagher did not like the mix.  Check out the grit of Overnight Bag, Rue The Day, B Girl and the ballad Wheels Within Wheels.

Folks this is CLASSIC ROCK of the highest order.  

Cd 2 consists of  a live show recorded at The Old Wardorf in San Francisco with bassist Gerry McAvoy and drummer Ted McKenna. It’s a  blistering set that again proves that on their mark the trio was simply hard to beat

 

Christopher Cross-Doctor Faith-Putting it simply Cross’s Doctor Faith is quality pop music played by real musicians. The album is also going to surprise a lot of people with it’s lyrical depth.

The first 3 songs Hey Kid, I’m Too Old For This and When You Come Home set the tone. Cross’s high melodic voice rings true in a gorgeous organic mix.

Wthout a doubt  many fans will wish there were a few more up tempo tracks over the album’s 13 songs.

The title track is a tour de force of emotion with vocalist Michael McDonald sitting in on harmony vocals  John Mayer would kill to have written a track this soulful.

Many fans don’t realize Cross is  a superb guitarist. Cross does get some quality chops in but he should have allowed himself more.  Peaceful and redeeming over 53 minutes.

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, musician, and host of a popular blues/roots radio show http://emms.podbean.com/

JOHN has some fun on the side playing some hip blues rock www.theshaftmen.com

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