The Best Of Rory Gallagher
Released Friday 9th October 2020



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Formats: 2LP black vinyl, limited 2LP clear vinyl, 2CD, 1CD, Digital HD, Digital Standard
Release Date:Friday 9th October 2020

Following the commercial and critically acclaimed success of the recent albums “Blues” (2019) and the three-week running No.1 album on the Billboard Blues Chart “Check Shirt Wizard – Live in ’77” (2020), UMC is pleased to present a new Rory Gallagher best of collection entitled “The Best Of Rory Gallagher” on Friday 9th October 2020.

photo credits: Strange Music Ltd

The comprehensive compilation includes Rory’s most iconic songs compiled from across his recording career, including tracks from Rory’s seminal first band Taste (1969) through to his final studio album “Fresh Evidence” (1990).

The album will be released as a 2CD set featuring 30 tracks including a previously unreleased collaboration with Jerry Lee Lewis. The album will also be released as a 2-disc black vinyl and direct to consumer limited clear 2LP, plus a 15-track single CD, as well as digital HD and digital standard.

photo credit: Strange Music Ltd

Unearthed from the Rory Gallagher Archives is a special bonus track “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” – a rare outtake taken from Jerry Lee Lewis’ famous 1973 “London Sessions” featuring Rory singing and playing the Rolling Stones’ classic alongside the legendary Jerry Lee Lewis. The previously unreleased rarity is featured on the 2CD version and digital versions of the album, and available as a limited edition direct to consumer 7” vinyl single.

“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” is available as an instant grat track with pre-orders of the album, and on all streaming and download services at

The 7” inch picture sleeve features a rare archive photo of Rory and Jerry Lee Lewis from Jerry Lee’s 1973 “London Sessions.” The B-side features “Cruise On Out” (4:42) taken from Rory’s critically acclaimed album “Photo Finish” (1978).

Photo Credit: Mick Rock c/o Strange Music Ltd

If ever there was a “musician’s musician” then that accolade belongs to Rory Gallagher. Renowned for his blistering live performances and highly respected for his dedication to his craft, he died in 1995, aged just 47.

His reputation has continued to flourish in the years since. Indeed, some of rock’s most seminal figures, from Jimi Hendrix to Eric Clapton, Joe Satriani to Joe Bonamassa, Queen’s Brian May to The Smiths’ Johnny Marr, Slash of Guns N Roses to the Edge of U2, have cited him as an influence. Rory remains a touchstone for all would-be guitar heroes in the 21st Century.

photo credit: Mick Rock c/o Strange Music Ltd

30 Track / 2CD Set

01. Taste – What’s Going On (from 1970’s ‘On The Boards’ LP) 2:48
02. Rory Gallagher – Shadow Play (from 1978’s ‘Photo Finish’ LP 4:47
03. Rory Gallagher – Follow Me (from 1979’s ‘Top Priority’ LP) 4:40
04. Rory Gallagher – Tattoo’d Lady (from 1973’s ‘Tattoo’ LP) 4:41
05. Rory Gallagher – All Around Man (from 1975’s “Against The Grain” LP) 6:15
06. Rory Gallagher – I Fall Apart (from 1971’s “Rory Gallagher” LP) 5:12
07. Rory Gallagher – Daughter Of The Everglades (from 1973’s ‘Blueprint’” LP) 6:12
08. Rory Gallagher – Calling Card (from 1976’s ‘Calling Card’ LP) 5:24
09. Rory Gallagher – I’m Not Awake Yet (from 1971’s ‘Deuce’ LP) 5:37
10. Rory Gallagher – Just The Smile (from 1971’s ‘Rory Gallagher’ LP) 3:41
11. Rory Gallagher – Out Of My Mind (from 1971’s “Deuce” LP) 3:06
12. Rory Gallagher – Edged In Blue (from 1976’s “Calling Card” LP) 5:29
13. Rory Gallagher – Philby (from 1979’s “Top Priority” LP) 3:50
14. Taste – It’s Happened Before, It’ll Happen Again (from 1970’s “On The Boards” LP) 6:33
15. Rory Gallagher – Crest Of A Wave (from 1971’s “Deuce” LP) 5:54

01. Rory Gallagher – Bad Penny (from 1979’s “Top Priority” LP) 4:04
02. Rory Gallagher – Walk On Hot Coals (from 1973’s “Blueprint” LP) 7:02
03. Taste – Blister On The Moon (from 1969’s “Taste” LP) 3:27
04. Rory Gallagher – Loanshark Blues (from 1987’s “Defender” LP) 4:27
05. Rory Gallagher – Bought & Sold (from 1975’s “Against The Grain” LP) 3:26
06. Rory Gallagher – A Million Miles Away (from 1973’s from the Tattoo LP) 6:56
07. Rory Gallagher – Wheels Within Wheels (from 2010’s “Notes From San Francisco” LP) 3:38
08. Rory Gallagher – Seven Days (from 1987’s “Defender” LP) 5:14
09. Rory Gallagher – Ghost Blues (from 1990’s “Fresh Evidence” LP) 8:00
10. Rory Gallagher – Cruise On Out (from 1978’s “Photo Finish” LP) 4:42
11. Jerry Lee Lewis ft. Rory Gallagher – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (1973 outtake from the Jerry Lee Lewis ‘The Session… Recorded in London With Great Guest Artists’ LP) 3:50
12. Rory Gallagher – They Don’t Make Them Like You Anymore (from 1973’s “Tattoo” LP) 4:05
13. Rory Gallagher – Moonchild (from 1976’s “Calling Card” LP) 4:47
14. Rory Gallagher – Jinxed (from 1982’s “Jinx” LP) 5:12
15. Taste – Catfish (from 1969’s “Taste” LP) 8:06

photo credit: John Minihan c/o Strange Music Ltd

2LP Black Vinyl / 2LP D2C Clear Vinyl Exclusive

Includes the 7” black vinyl single ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ ft. Jerry Lee Lewis and Rory Gallagher

Side A
Rory Gallagher – Bad Penny 4:04
Rory Gallagher – Shadow Play 4:47
Rory Gallagher – I Fall Apart 5:12
Rory Gallagher – Calling Card 5:24

Side B
Taste – What’s Going On 2:48
Rory Gallagher – All Around Man 6:15
Rory Gallagher – A Million Miles Away 6:56
Rory Gallagher – Just The Smile 3:41

Side C
Rory Gallagher – Seven Days 5:14
Rory Gallagher – Jinxed 5:12
Rory Gallagher – Edged In Blue 5:29
Rory Gallagher – Philby 3:30

Side D
Rory Gallagher – Walk On Hot Coals 7:02
Rory Gallagher – Tattoo’d Lady 4:41
Rory Gallagher – Crest Of A Wave 5:54

15 Track / 1CD

1. Bad Penny 4:04
2. Shadow Play 4:47
3. I Fall Apart 5:12
4. Calling Card 5:24
5. What’s Going On 2:48
6. All Around Man 6:15
7. A Million Miles Away 6:56
8. Just The Smile 3:41
9. Seven Days 5:14
10. Jinxed 5:12
11. Edged In Blue 5:29
12. Philby 3:30
13. Walk On Hot Coals 7:02
14. Tattoo’d Lady 4:41
15. Crest Of A Wave 5:54

Jerry Lee Lewis featuring Rory Gallagher
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction / 7” single D2C Exclusive

Unearthed from the Rory Gallagher Archives and included for the first time on the forthcoming “The Best Of Rory Gallagher”’ is this never heard before outtake featuring Rory singing and playing the Rolling Stones hit “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” with the legendary Jerry Lee Lewis, originally recorded for Lewis’s famous 1973 “London Sessions.” The B-side, “Cruise On Out,” is taken from Rory’s acclaimed 1978 album “Photo Finish.”  

photo credit: Strange Music Ltd

When asked “How does it feel to be the best guitarist in the world,” Jimi replied: “I don’t know, why don’t you go and ask Rory Gallagher.” – Jimmy Hendrix

“The man who got me back into the blues.” – Eric Clapton

“There are a million guys who sound like Stevie Ray Vaughan, but I never heard anybody who could really pull off sounding like Rory Gallagher.” – Slash

” As soon as I heard Cradle Rock, I was hooked. I thought, ‘This is what I want to be when I grow up.”– Joe Bonamassa

“I really liked Rory, he was fine guitarist and singer and lovely man” – Jimmy Page

photo credit: Strange Music Ltd

“He was just a magician, he’s one of the very few people of that time who could make his guitar do anything it seemed. It just seemed to be magic. I remember looking at that battered Stratocaster and thinking how does that come out of there?” – Brian May

“The man who changed my musical life was Rory Gallagher, I picked up a guitar because of him.” – Johnny Marr

“A beautiful man and an amazing guitar player. He was a very sensitive man and a great musician.” – The Edge

“An amazing player, very spirited … he had a particular sound using that Stratocaster and he really got it because of the brute force in the way that he played, he just had such a passion about it.” – Joe Satriani

“Rory was the one to measure yourself against. He was a real credit to music and pushed it to another level altogether.” – Peter Frampton

photo credit: Strange Music Ltd