Career-Spanning Rory Gallagher Set, ‘Blues,’ To Be Released May 31

A new Rory Gallagher career-spanning collection, Blues, will be released May 31 via Chess/Ume. Drawn from the vaults of the Gallagher estate's tape archive, the package presents rare and unreleased recordings of Gallagher playing his favorite blues material. Ranging from previously unreleased tracks to special guest sessions with legendary blues artists (Muddy Waters, Albert King) and lost radio sessions, Blues uncovers Rory's love of the blues throughout his solo career, from 1971 through to 1994.

Blues will be released as a 16-track CD and digital edition; 2-LP vinyl and limited edition 2-LP blue vinyl editions; and a deluxe 36-track 3-CD and digital edition. The Deluxe Edition boasts 90 percent unreleased material and features performances with legends such as Muddy Waters, Albert King, Jack Bruce, Lonnie Donegan and Chris Barber. The 3-CD Deluxe Edition also includes an extensive booklet with previously unseen pictures of Gallagher, plus a new essay by writer Jas Obrecht. 

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.