Gallagher, Rory / Notes From San Francisco
Album: Notes From San Francisco   Collection:General
Artist:Gallagher, Rory   Added:Jun 2011
Label:Eagle Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2012-02-05 Pull Date: 2012-04-08
Week Ending: Mar 25
Airplays: 1

Recent Airplay
1. Mar 15, 2019: Traditions
Fuel To The Fire
4. Jul 23, 2013: Good Day Sunshine (with Grady Champion)
Tattoo'd Lady
2. Oct 13, 2014: CLEAN COPPER RADIO
Calling Card
5. Mar 22, 2012: Sunshine . . . in the Afternoon
Shadow Play
3. Mar 11, 2014: The Alarm Clock
Overnight Bag

Album Review
Be Sharp
Reviewed 2012-01-29
Irishman Rory Gallagher (1948-1995) was a hard-rock / blues-rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter, notable mainly in the mid-to-late 70s... a contemporary of Paul Rodgers, Mick Taylor, Pat Travers, and others of the sort. This package includes both a studio album and a live concert album. None of the tracks are bad, but many are pretty much the same (fast, hard rock with lots of showy blues-scale guitar solos). It’s a little dated, but damn entertaining. I’ve indicated some tracks that I think stand out, but play anything and you likely won’t be disappointed. Insert art includes cool vintage postcards of SF.

No FCC issues.

CD 1: Studio album, not previously released, recorded 1978 in San Francisco
1 Medium fast. 70s hard rock but with added sax and boogie-woogie piano. (4:26)
2 Medium fast. Loud. A few years later, this might be a Van Halen song. (4:45)
3 Mid tempo. Guitar & organ. About a mobster’s girlfriend. Sort of silly. (4:42)
4 Mid tempo. Lots of guitar and drums. (5:56)
5 ** Slow. Singing & playing (electric but soft) are much like a Clapton ballad. (3:40)
6 *** Blues-rock. Well crafted melody. Among his best singing efforts on here. (4:46)
7 Super fast. Showy virtuoso guitar solo. A little bit country. (5:19)
8 * Mid tempo. Angry lyric and singing. Varying guitar playing styles, all good. (5:45)
9 *** Slow. Among better guitar solos, beautiful clear tone. Powerful blues singing. (5:43)
10 *** Mid tempo. Alt version of #5. Singing is better. Guitar solos are crunchier. (3:55)
11 * Fast. Fuzzy guitar; furious drumming; a bit of funky organ. (3:49)
12 Fast, raunchy rocker. Driving bass and drums. Lots of fancy fingering on the frets. (4:22)

CD 2: Live concert, recorded December 1979 at The Old Waldorf in San Francisco
1 * Fast, loud, hard rocker. Epic guitar solo midway through. (6:25)
2 Fast, hard, red-neck rock. Amusing. (3:42)
3 * Slower Texas-style blues with monster guitar licks, like Johnny Winter or SRV. (7:01)
4 Mid to fast blues rock. Song doesn’t stand out, but there’s some real big guitar. (4:43)
5 Fast and loud. More of the same. (4:35)
6 Fast and loud. Still more guitar and drums. (6:49)
7 ** Mid tempo blues rock. Some Jimi-like riffs and singing. (6:11)
8 Fast, shit-kickin’, car chasin’ southern rock. Showy solos. (3:51)
9 ** Mid tempo. Chicago style electric blues. Title song of an earlier studio album, and one of his better-known numbers. Audience calls out the hook in the refrain. (5:51)
10 Very fast. Back to the standard stuff as before. Blistering guitar solo. (5:11)
11 ** Super fast. Traditional blues, done by Canned Heat, others. Epic guitar solo. (5:38)
12 *** Sounds like the Stones interpreting Frankie Ford. Great rock and roll tune. (3:39)

Track Listing
1. Rue The Day   13. Follow Me
2. Persuasion   14. Shinkicker
3. B Girl   15. Off The Handle
4. Mississippi Sheiks   16. Bought And Sold
5. Wheels Within Wheels   17. I'm Leavin'
6. Overnight Bag   18. Tattoo'd Lady
7. Cruise On Out   19. Do You Read Me
8. Brute Force & Ignorance   20. Country Mile
9. Fuel To The Fire   21. Calling Card
10. Wheels Within Wheels (Alt. Version)   22. Shadow Play
11. Cut A Dash   23. Bullfrog Blues
12. Out On The Tiles   24. Sea Cruise