- 30 Sep 22
The new album includes two special tracks, the never-before-released 'Crest Of A Wave (Alt. Take 2)', accompanied by an official music video, and 'Used To Be (50th Anniversary Edition)'.
Today sees the release of Rory Gallagher's “Deuce” 50th Anniversary Edition, a deluxe boxset of the Irish guitar icon's critically acclaimed 1971 sophomore album.
The hit-filled collection features two rare tracks, the never-before-released 'Crest Of A Wave (Alt. Take 2)' and 'Used To Be (50th Anniversary Edition)'.
Digging deep into the Rory Gallagher Archives, the extensive celebratory release includes a new mix of the original album, 28 previously unreleased alternate takes, a six-song 1972 BBC Radio 'In Concert', and seven Radio Bremen radio session tracks.
The 2CD and 3LP are cut down versions from the deluxe box and there is a special D2C 1LP of the BBC In Concert – Live at The Paris Theatre, 13 January 1972.
In addition, the package contains a 64-page hardback book with a foreword by Johnny Marr of English rock band The Smiths, unseen images by the late photographer Mick Rock, essays, and memorabilia from the album recording.
Rory Gallagher originally released Deuce in November 1971, just six months after his eponymous solo debut in May 1971. Following the collapse of Taste, the band formed by Gallagher in Cork in 1966, the singer promised to capture the feeling of a live performance on his records. He did just that, recording immediately after live concerts and keeping production to a minimum.
Gallagher chose Tangerine Studios, a small reggae studio in Dalston in East London, due to it’s history with legendary producer Joe Meek to record his second album. With Gerry McAvoy on bass guitar and Wilgar Campbell on drums, Deuce was engineered by Robin Sylvester and produced by Rory Gallagher himself.
To this day, it features some of the best of Rory Gallagher, from the blistering Crest Of A Wave to the Celtic-infused I’m Not Awake Yet.
Ahead of today's new release, the Rory Gallagher Archives and UMC premiered the official music video for 'Crest Of A Wave (Alt. Take 2)' on YouTube on September 2.
The video was created in partnership with the Rory Gallagher Archives and Irish filmmaker Fionn Rogers. It features original concert footage as well as over 28 professional and amateur Irish surfing enthusiasts, and was filmed in Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Clare, and the Cliffs of Moher.
“Deuce” 50th Anniversary Edition follows the Rory Gallagher 50th Anniversary Edition, a five-disc deluxe box set which was released in September 2021 to celebrate Rory Gallagher’s debut solo album.
Order Rory Gallagher’s “Deuce” 50th Anniversary Edition deluxe boxset here.
Listen to “Deuce” 50th Anniversary Edition by Rory Gallagher below.