April 9, 2012 – 4:27 am

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Cleveland 1978 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, OH; November 20, 1978. Very good to excellent soundboard.

Given the favourable response and fond memories fans have of the late guitarist Rory Gallagher (who died in 1995 at the age of 47), here’s one more for the road.

Thanks to uploader RoryGallagher for sharing the tracks at The Traders’ Den. Thanks also to mightyfox and bgreen.

Some notes from bgreen:

The only editing performed after source procurement was retracking of the songs; and the deletion of silent tracks and some flawed tuning.

There is a slight hum present in parts of this recording. It is really only noticeable on the quietest portions of the show (between songs, tuning, etc.).

Two tracks are missing from this recording after d1t08. Etree has OOTWP and Too Much Alcohol listed as being played at this show. I assume these are the acoustic songs Rory was talking about at the end of d1t08. There was a small section of dead air where these songs should have been after d1t08 that I deleted.

There was a cut in the between-song tuning after d1t09. When the music picked up, there was some severely flawed tuning prior to the start of d2t01. I removed the flawed tuning. It really added nothing to the recording and is much more pleasant to the ears without it.

There was a severe flaw in the tuning on d2t03. This was omitted.

Artwork from - thanks!

Source provided by mightyfox (mighty fox’s pick #2)
Tracked, flaced, minor editing, and text creation by bgreen.
Source: Soundboard
Lineage: Master reels> Professionally transferred (unknown process and equipment)> cd> eac> wavemerge> cdwave> tlh [lvl 8]

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Shin Kicker (7.8MB)
Track 102. Do You Read Me (12.4MB)
Track 103. Bought And Sold (9.9MB)
Track 104. I Wonder Who (13.2MB)
Track 105. Shadow Play (9.8MB)
Track 106. Secret Agent (10.4MB)
Track 107. Mississippi Sheiks (10.8MB)
Track 108. A Million Miles Away (13.1MB)
Track 109. Tattoo’d Lady (9.8MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Cruise On Out (10.0MB)
Track 202. I Could Have Had Religion (14.0MB)
Track 203. Bullfrog Blues (15.5MB)
Track 204. Messing With The Kid/I Take What I Want (17.3MB)

Rory Gallagher - vocals, acoustic and electric guitars
Gerry McAvoy - bass
Ted McKenna - drums

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  1. 17 Responses to “RORY GALLAGHER - CLEVELAND 1978”

  2. wonderful..thanks!

    By sluggo on Apr 9, 2012

  3. if anyone has the 2 missing songs (assuming there are only 2) and can supply them.. please do.
    im actually posting this request prior to doing my own search which means that i may find them myself within a few mins. but i also may not. so feel free to offer them up if u find them before i do.

    By darth on Apr 9, 2012

  4. Fantastic! Thanks BigO!

    By jbbmusic on Apr 9, 2012

  5. Thanks Bigo, what a pick me up for a wet Easter Monday morning. This is a great post and my heads banging so much I’ll need a kneck brace in the morning. As darth says if anyone finds the missing tracks please let us all know.

    By Creatist on Apr 9, 2012

  6. I have the 2 Songs in question here ~ as well as the entire Show (a Reel-To-Reel “Audience” source only; NOT from the Soundboard). Quality is quite good, however.

    By donman7 on Apr 9, 2012

  7. donman - and?

    By darth on Apr 10, 2012

  8. GREAT!….saw them on this tour sometimes they did a cover of The Beatles RAIN as an encore…worth seeking out!

    By Stlouielou on Apr 10, 2012

  9. on a site that most of us are familiar with there are 42 rory items posted. very very few from 78. some from late 77 and some from 78 and 80. looking thru youtube u can find many 100s of items from 72 thru the 80s but u wont find more than one or two from 78. in particularly i looked for too much alcohol from 78. i found a massive amount of live versions. many of them acoustic. only one or two from 78 but not from ohio. in fact none from the usa. i suppose another version from another source could be substituted if one were so inclined.

    there are approximately 21 official lps/cds out there. over 50 pro shot concerts that are 30mins or longer both official and unofficial and as i said i can link u to 42 unofficial items of very high quality if u dont know about them. both audio and video.

    By darth on Apr 11, 2012

  10. my 2nd line above should say ’some from 79 and 80′. i was typing with one eye open and i couldnt see straight. im sorry.

    By darth on Apr 11, 2012

  11. Great gig!

    By Tommy Tobin on Apr 11, 2012

  12. Thanks as always BigO for posting this amazing electric set from the Belfast Flash.

    FYI: Wolfgang’s Vault is streaming 3 shows from the old Bottom Line in NYC from this tour that were recorded for the King Biscuit Flower Hour. There are 2 shows from 11/10/78 and one I attended from 11/11/78. They appear to be complete, based on my hazy memory of the 11/11 show. All 3 contain the 2 acoustic songs missing from this recording.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Apr 13, 2012

  13. well.. 2 of the sets contain the missing tracks. out on the western plains and too much alcohol are only offered in the late sets. there are 3 sets offered. each set at the bottom line was separate admission and considered its own show. very rarely were ppl allowed to stay from first set to 2nd without paying a separate admission.
    in this case the 2 songs in question are only played in the late sets on the 10th and 11th. the early set is also offered from the 10th.
    wolfgang also offers 2 other shows from 74 and 76.
    highly recommended btw is the 11-11-78 show at over 2 hours in length. recording these is easy as well. altho i prefer downloading but i believe wolfgangs charges for most of their stuff. with 42 rory items on another site ill stick to free.
    my first ever published photo was taken at the bottom line (hollies reunion in 83). it was one of my favorite places to see shows. some of the greatest musical experiences of my life happened there.

    By darth on Apr 14, 2012

  14. @darth: what are you asking me ?? If you want/need a copy of this complete “AUD” Show, post your e-mail addy.

    By donman7 on Jul 21, 2012

  15. donman - over 3 months later? seriously? rather than me putting my email address here again. ive learned a lesson on that. how about this–put the songs in question somewhere and a link to them here so we/i can go get them. the link can last a week or two.. plenty of time for all those interested. i check back daily. thanks so much in advance if u choose to do this for us collectors. if not.. thanks anyway. i wont die w/o them. i do have a lot of rg material.
    they just released some new stuff of him live recently too. all amazing stuff.
    the most recent addition to my collection is a sbd show from 10-18-79 from Stadsschouwburg, Sittard, Netherlands. its 16songs long. it includes both of the songs in question.

    By darth on Jul 22, 2012

  16. ps–another idea is.. u could post your address and ill write to u directly.

    By darth on Jul 22, 2012

  17. I was there that nite. A few weeks later Emma radio broadcast it and I recorded it onto 8track.still have it.sent Otto a lab a few years ago and had it put on cd sounds great

    By Nick dingess on May 16, 2017

  18. I’m sorry it wasWMMS in Cleveland that broadcast it

    By Nick dingess on May 16, 2017

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