March 30, 2011 – 3:09 pm

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Roslyn 1979 [no label, 2CD]

Live at My Father’s Place, Roslyn, New York, September 7, 1979. Very good stereo soundboard.

The following was posted at

A class act is exactly what [My Father’s Place] got whenever Rory Gallagher came to town. Rory played at My Father’s Place on several occasions. This bootleg is from his performance there on September 7, 1979 during the American leg of his top priority tour. After doing a successful three-night stand at the Bottom Line that Robert Palmer calls, “creative and inspired,” Rory heads out to the quaint village of Roslyn, named after a Castle in Scotland, and part of what’s called the North Shore Gold Coast of Long Island… It’ll be a show you won’t want to miss.

With Gallagher’s death in 1995 at the age of 47, the world lost an ace guitarist and, for generations after, younger fans will think of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page and ignore Gallagher when it comes to blues guitarist. This is what Gallagher said in a 1991 interview:

I have respect for Eric Clapton from the early days, but I’m surprised they always link his name with me. Maybe earlier on there might have been more of a comparison, but not at the moment. Clapton seems to be the icon of all guitarists including Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. I suppose he’s the successful face of what the blues is and I’m probably the guy on the sidelines. He’s working in a different area from me now. And even in the blues field, I cover different blues tangents than Eric does. I work in country blues and even though I do some numbers that are in the B.B. King and Albert King area, I work in a lot of other influences in as well. My blues roots are all over the place, where Eric’s tend to be a little narrower.

For those who have not heard Rory Gallagher play, just check out Tattoo’d Lady (Disc 1, Track 7). It might just blow you away.

Thanks to the person who shared the tracks on the net in 2006; and to the person who post the artwork.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Shinkicker (5.8MB)
Track 102. Last Of The Independents (9.1MB)
Track 103. Keychain (9.4MB)
Track 104. Moonchild (8.7MB)
Track 105. The Mississippi Sheiks (9.2MB)
Track 106. I Wonder Who (12.4MB)
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Track 107. Tattoo’d Lady (8.2MB)
Track 108. Too Much Alcohol (6.0MB)
Track 109. Pistol Slapper Blues (4.8MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Shadow Play (9.1MB)
Track 202. Bought And Sold (8.0MB)
Track 203. Walk On Hot Coals (8.7MB)
Track 204. Messin’ With The Kid (9.0MB)
Track 205. Bullfrog Blues (4.5MB)
Track 206. Sea Cruise (4.7MB)

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

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  1. 28 Responses to “RORY GALLAGHER - ROSLYN 1979”

  2. Thank you very much - As long as I remember ´78 and ´79 were Gallagher´s highest time, although his presence on stage was phenomenal from the end 60s to the bitter end . .

    Thank you for presentation of this fine concert.

    saludos : Herr Ärmel

    By Herr Ärmel on Mar 30, 2011

  3. This is GREAT…Amazing, punchy sound and Gallagher really ripping it up..

    Thanks so much …More of Rory please!

    By Conor Ryan on Mar 30, 2011

  4. This sounds amazing! I’m a huge fan.

    By Ryan Bartlett on Mar 31, 2011

  5. This will holp hod us over untill the new NOTES FROM SAN FRANCISCO cd comes out!…THANK YOU BIG O

    By Stlouie Lou on Mar 31, 2011

  6. Many Thanks for this recording. Rory was the People’s Guitarist. A Master Craftsmen. I live in the UK & was lucky enough to see him 5 times during the ’70’s. We won’t see the like of him again. Very sadly missed.

    By CaptainGuitar on Mar 31, 2011

  7. hey bigo, this is good. thanks!!! i played it twice walking. are there anymore taste shows out there as good as basel?


    By Ed Saad on Apr 1, 2011

  8. Rory Gallagher was truly one of the very best. I love his up-tempo stuff. I caught onto him in the late 60s living in England and still find “Taste” and “On the Boards” at the top of the list of Rory’s efforts. They are - different - not so much bluesy as a unique form of music not cut from anyone else’s mould. Taste Live Isle of Wight, Live Taste, and Stockholm 1970 are rawer and bluesier, more like Rory’s later solo efforts. Don’t miss those 2 studio albums if you like Rory. Thank you for this post.

    By HytekFred on Apr 3, 2011

  9. I agree with Rory about Clapton . Rory is just trying to say politely what an overrated guitarist Clapton is. Heck the 1st time I heard Rory I knew he blew Capton away .

    By Nicky10lbs on Apr 5, 2011

  10. Thank you for this!I saw Rory live at The Apollo Theatre in Glasgow in (I think) 1975…maybe the best live show I’ve ever seen…my first introduction was ‘On the Boards’ when it came out…actually,I’ve just been looking at pictures of Joe Strummer…there’s a hell of a facial resemblance!They could have been brothers!…and Rory had his battered Strat,Joe his batterd Tele…I wonder if there was any Rory influence on Joe when he was younger and hairier…

    By Hebridean Monty on Apr 9, 2011

  11. Thank you very much this fantastic show!

    By MZROCK on Jun 6, 2011

  12. My first home made bootleg was An evening with the Taste recorded on my old faithful Grundig mono reel to reel off the TV. I would love to come across that show again as sadly it disappeared on one of my many ‘lends’ never to be seen again. Great guitar playing sadly Rory never got the appreciation he deserved.

    By Creatist on Apr 6, 2012

  13. Creatist, I don`t agree, I think Rory is still fondly remembered and very highly thought of in the guitar community.

    By sluggo on Apr 6, 2012

  14. Dear Sluggo,

    I agree with you but I may have not put my point over correctly. He should be remembered beyond the guitar community.

    By Creatist on Apr 6, 2012

  15. Creatist, you are correct but since there really is no FM radio any more the way it use to be[playing the album cuts instead of top 40 hits] there really is no where for a younger crowd to be exposed to players like Rory.
    I don`t totally blame the music industry as much as I blame the listening audience for being compliant about the crap that is presented to them. Younger audiences for the most part are more impressed with an artist[term used loosely] wearing a meat dress instead of actually playing and performing or having 40 dancers onstage. Duane Allman said, “We aren`t putting on a ballet up here”, instead he meant they were just playing and playing well.

    By sluggo on Apr 7, 2012

  16. I believe it was Roger Daltrey being interviewed during the advent of MTV who was asked what he thought about music videos. He said,”They are a good way to help people understand what a song is about…………..of course a really good song doesn’t need a video.”

    By sking on Apr 7, 2012

  17. Dear Sluggo,

    Its such a shame the BBC wiped the Taste tapes they held, but that was the policy in those days. Anyway for old times here’s a taste from 1969 of the good old days.

    By Creatist on Apr 7, 2012

  18. creatist, I bought the first taste lp merely on a whim.I hadn`t heard anything about them and just took a chance [$3.33 ]and to this day it is still in my record collection.

    By sluggo on Apr 7, 2012

  19. hi Sluggo,

    I first saw taste on the BBC network and as mentioned previously next time they were on I taped the show. I would love to get a copy of an evening with the taste again. I hope one day a miracle will happen. I know what you mean about buying something on a whim and it turns out gold. I loved running the fingers along the LP racks until one LP suddenly makes the fingers tingle. That’s how I found Klaus Shultz. CD’s just don’t give me the same buzz as the old LP racks. Sadly here LP stores are few and far between and I now trawl the thrift/charity shops in the hope of finding a little bit of magic. I have added a link to a band that never got over the hill in the early 70’s. have listen. it starts to rev up after the first minute.

    By Creatist on Apr 7, 2012

  20. CD’s just don’t give me the same buzz as the old LP racks.

    NO KIDDING !..I have no problem parting with a cd but getting rid of a vinyl lp is like losing an organ…

    By sluggo on Apr 8, 2012

  21. You know Sluggo I love the old interweb for the access to sounds that the previously took years to find in the dealers columns and record fairs. But the feeling of finding a new album and walking down the road with it under your arm. Magic. Must be getting old!!

    By Creatist on Apr 8, 2012

  22. I was at MFP for this set; an audience of acolytes and aspirants — standing twenty feet from Rory fully expecting the room to spontaneously combust. Many with hand held recorders, not drunk but mesmerized.
    The building shook and the windows were ready to blow. No need for drugs, live Rory shot through your veins and exploded your brain.
    Listen to the crowd erupt; grateful for the chance to breathe again. There are great guitar players but there has never been anyone to equal the genius that is/was Rory Gallagher.

    By Starsailor on Apr 27, 2013

  23. Thanks so much for this re-up…everyone here in the comments are spot-on…Rory was a one-of-a-kind,alright. Gonna jam this LOUD so my neighbors knock on my damn door!!

    By bslakie on Aug 17, 2014

  24. don´t know why I didn´t say thank you for this one last time.
    Hats off to Rory. one-of-a-kind, yes indeed.

    By Kint on Aug 19, 2014

  25. I Wonder who and tattoo’ d lady are missing !

    By laurent on Jan 2, 2015

  26. I have never listened to Rory Gallagher before last night, but wow, he is an amazing talent! I’ll be tracking down his releases, on CD or vinyl, next time I am out having a dig.

    By Crack on Sep 30, 2015

  27. There has NEVER was, or will be a genius like RORY GALLAGHER. His versatility as well as his virtuosity is unequaled. NOBODY does what RORYBdid. I LOVE him; in every way, & l thank him for inspiring & being the guitarist l can now say l am. RORY RULES.

    By Belinda on Jul 21, 2016

  28. *RORY DID!!

    By Belinda on Jul 21, 2016

  29. Track 3 “Keychain” drops out at 4:33. Clicked on the link to download again but says “not found.” Can we get that back?

    By Ron Matthews on Dec 7, 2017

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