You all know the score by now – fewer and fewer people are challenging the opinion that Rory Gallagher was perhaps the finest, most fiery and most consistent guitarist of the last 50 years and, thank God, he left lots and lots of proof.
Just before going on stage for the Isle of Wight set, Taste had their gear stolen and so had to play on borrowed kit – and just look what they achieved. Rory manages to produce bursts of speed and fire on the old Strat without ever entering the dreaded realms of widdly woo inhabited by such as Van Halen, Satriani and the whole ghastly lot of them, however good they may be technically.
What’s Going on?, the opener for On the Boards (buy NOW), just steams and roars with the whole band’s interlocked ability. Sinner Boy has the most staggering slide solo and Feel So Good has the most wonderful intro and outro – and Rory is at double speed on this. Catfish, by then their show stopper, is a true show stopper: but the whole set is really really good and full of class. McCracken on bass and John Wilson on kit are very good and often underestimated. They push Rory on and challenge him to new heights.
Taste – Live At The Isle Of Wight
Label:Polydor – 2383 120
Format:Vinyl, LP, Stereo
Style:Blues Rock, Classic Rock
A1 What’s Going On
Written-By – Gallagher*-5:42
A2 Sugar Mama
Written-By – Gallagher*-10:08
A3 Morning Sun
Written-By – Gallagher*-4:45
A4 Sinner Boy
Written-By – Gallagher*-4:25
B1 Feel So Good
Written-By – Broonzy*-9:47
Arranged By – Gallagher*Written-By – Traditional-14:07
Bass – Richard McCracken
Drums – John Wilson
Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica – Rory Gallagher
Recorded live at the Isle Of Wight Festival 1970
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