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Rory Gallagher

Live at Montreux/The Definitive Collection DVD

Review by Gary Hill

The whole Live at Montreux series of DVD's is a pretty great collection. That said, in terms of breadth and scope, this one tops all of them I've seen so far. There is so much here that while all the rest I've seen are just one DVD, they needed two for this collection. The thing is Rory Gallagher brought his talent to the festival on five occasions, and all of them are included here. That alone makes this thing a must have for his fans, but anyone who likes killer guitar rock would be hard pressed to find a better collection than this. For those who aren't familiar with him, Rory Gallagher was one of the guitar heroes of the 1970's, but not really the first tier in terms of being a household name. Along with Pat Travers and a few others he was one of the guys who really inspired tons of guitarists. Gallagher and his band work through their own particular blend of blues, rock and jazz in a very entertaining and powerful way that's sure to please. All the concerts, even the earlier ones (starting with 1975) are captured well with both audio and video being very solid. For those who haven't had the chance to hear this unique guitar slinger, this is without question the obvious first stopping point. Those who are already fans have most likely been anxiously awaiting this release, so I don't really need to tell you to go get it. Those who are in between would be well advised to also purchase this one. (And, please use the Amazon.com links below when you do - shameless plug -ed.) When it comes to 1970's style guitar rock, it just doesn't get a lot better than this. Fans of classic rock music should send out a big thank you to Eagle Vision for releasing such a quality product. This one will certainly be topping a lot of folks lists of best DVD's of the year.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2006 Volume 3 at lulu.com/strangesound.

 
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