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RORY'S "organic" GALLAGHER Music

Postby Jay Jay » 12 May 2016, 09:53

This is for me what sets Rory apart from the rest. His improvisation and development of his songs / musical compositions, throughout the years.
Most other artists / bands that lasted a good while in the music business, would play the same song and settle for the same arrangement of it throughout their career.. Whereas Rory would enhance and develop the song more, with his live performances :) :) :)




Your thoughts and other examples of this please :)

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Postby capo » 12 May 2016, 16:31

Your right Jay Jay." Tattoo'd Lady"live is a fine example. I have literally listened to hundreds of versions of this, my favorite Rory song, in my own collection and online. It is truly remarkable, that while his first solo followed , on the whole, a consistency, his outro solo, which would last from a couple of minutes to,at times, epic lengths, (depending on his mood) is where he truly shined as a soloist, and never alike, always different. This showed his absolute command of the guitar and his great improv skills, second to none. While it is not important, since Rory was HUMAN, and not a machine, damn if I can recall any bum notes! Considering he was doing this on the fly, and performing, it is pretty astonishing! He on occasion screwed up lyrics or hit a wrong chord here or there, on solos, he was spot on! One of a kind was he.
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Postby RobertaSparrow » 12 May 2016, 17:34

I agree with Jay Jay and Capo, Rory never did the same song the same way more than once, which is what makes all those videos and bootlegs so very important now, and one of the reasons I always went to see him when I could. And they really are just the tip of the iceberg for Rory's playing before an audience. I know that these unauthorized recordings are considered detrimental to an artist, and inappropriate in most cases, but in a situation like this, where each of Rory's performances were so dynamic and unique, and with Rory no longer with us, in this plane of existence anyway, makes each of these findings exceptionally precious.

Rory came alive before his audiences, fed off their energy and enthusiasm, and gave it back to them. His studio work was excellent, but his live performances were enlivened by his stage presence and that seeming endless loop of energy and passion he put into his performances for his fans, and he got from his fans, and he was energized in return by their response to him. I'm so glad these videos and recordings exist so those of us that weren't fortunate to see him on stage can at least see him in these clips.

Too Much Alcohol

Rory in Montreux 1975


Rory, again in 1975 for French TV, without the live audience


Rory, Too Much Alcohol, Electric style-


Rory, Too Much Alcohol, Live Japanese Performance-


All due respect to the many fine musicians who offer their musical tributes of Rory's music, no one could ever play Rory the way that Rory could-

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Postby ailish78 » 12 May 2016, 19:24

You're absolutely right Jay Jay. He was a great improviser. He made it interesting everytime. I like your choices Jay Jay and Cynthia. It's amazing how they got such a full sound as just a 3-piece later on. Sometimes you could swear there was a rythmn player there. Rory did everything. The man was a genius. No doubt about it. Here is a personal favourite of mine. It gets me moving every time.

https://youtu.be/lZiBozsHQpg

Sorry I can't seem to post the video. This particular concert (Lorient 1980) is brilliant. Amazing energy and the joy he has in playing. :)

https://youtu.be/-dh0N1Q8Qp4


A decade later he doesn't have the same energy, but it's still great. His guitar playing was still fantastic.
https://youtu.be/6NGXgM2crKs
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Postby RobertaSparrow » 12 May 2016, 20:22

ailish78 wrote:You're absolutely right Jay Jay. He was a great improviser. He made it interesting everytime. I like your choices Jay Jay and Cynthia. It's amazing how they got such a full sound as just a 3-piece later on. Sometimes you could swear there was a rythmn player there. Rory did everything. The man was a genius. No doubt about it. Here is a personal favourite of mine. It gets me moving every time.

https://youtu.be/lZiBozsHQpg

Sorry I can't seem to post the video. This particular concert (Lorient 1980) is brilliant. Amazing energy and the joy he has in playing. :)

https://youtu.be/-dh0N1Q8Qp4

A decade later he doesn't have the same energy, but it's still great. His guitar playing was still fantastic.
https://youtu.be/6NGXgM2crKs


Ailish, I fixed the links for you. If you're posting from YouTube and the clip is preceded by "https://" then you would use the option youtube2, click on that button, and paste the link between the brackets. These links also had an ampersand with some additional info that needs to be removed. But usually they don't, and then your links will appear. :)





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Postby Jay Jay » 12 May 2016, 20:52

Thanks very much guys and girls for your thoughts and your added contributions here on this topic ..

Talking to some young music fans lately and they are not particularly "Rory fans". They just like all types of music. What I get from them though is that the "Rory song" that seems to click or that they seem to like the most, is Bad Penny. I think this would have been a great single release.
Look here how Rory developed this composition with the ending especially, just over a few years :)


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Postby ailish78 » 12 May 2016, 21:59

Thanks for your help with the links Jay Jay. I really don't understand all that, but I'll try again next time. Oh yeah Bad Penny is another great one and my husband's favourite it would seem. Everytime that one comes on in the car he turns it up. I'll come back to those comparisons later. I'm looking forward to listening to them.Thanks for a great topic!
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Postby Jay Jay » 14 May 2016, 10:13

Rory would even play and change the same song to a different style & tempo now and again organically also ;)



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Postby ailish78 » 15 May 2016, 09:05

[youtube2]https://youtu.be/P7YM68EBv-Y[/youtube2]

I hope that worked! What is an ampersand? In any case I wanted to post this one since it is the first song that got me hooked on Rory. I put this one up from 1977 because that would have been the time that I saw an amazing live performance of this ( not this one though). I find this particular one to be more like the tempo of the studio version.

This next one is definitely better. There's a lot more energy here
[youtube2]https://youtu.be/xaZ8U6Qv_VU[/youtube2]

What effect does he use on his guitar here. I don't know if it's the recording but it sounds slightly distorted in the intro as if he is using a phaser (or is it a flanger? What's the difference between those two?). I know he didn't usually use effect pedals, but I'm sure I saw him using one in a later concert. The solo in this one is monumental. It's just a great version of this song.

This 1994 version is quite different but still brilliant.
[youtube2]https://youtu.be/10A6b8OWjJQ[/youtube2]
He has a slight problem with tuning at the beginning, but you have to listen carefully to hear it. I really don't like his back line, especially the drummer. He's not the right drummer for Rory. He lacks drive and I've noticed Rory looking at him very often in some of those later gigs. He must have been frustrated. Still Rory's performance is as fantastic as ever. His solos changed quite a bit later. He became a bit more experimental.
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Postby ailish78 » 15 May 2016, 09:06

Well it looks like it didn't work. What did I do wrong??
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