- 22 Sep 15
The acclaimed new DVD What’s Going On - Taste Live At The Isle of Wight, which shows the legendary Cork guitarist at his early best, has also passed Kurt Cobain and Foo Fighters out...
Rory Gallagher is back at the top of the charts. A vital milestone in the development of the career of the legendary Cork guitarist occurred at the Isle of Wight in 1970, when Taste blew away the rest of the line-up in what became a legendary performance.
The full set has now been released on DVD – and it has crashed into the UK Official Music Video Charts, debuting at No.2. The DVD, What’s Going On - Taste Live At The Isle of Wight has leapfrogged ahead of Cobain - Montage of Heck (No.7), Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways (No.4), and last week’s No.2, Aerosmith’s Rock Donnington 2014 (No.3).
What’s Going On - Taste Live At The Isle of Wight is released by Eagle Rock Entertainment
In addition to the incendiary live footage, the film tells the story of Ireland's seminal rock band Taste, formed in Cork, Ireland in 1966 by Rory Gallagher.
Taste had a brief but influential career, releasing two studio albums in 1969 and 1970 and disbanding shortly after their legendary appearance at the 1970 Isle Of Wight Festival, which is the centrepiece of this film. The core of What’s Going On is the band’s performance at the festival on August 28, but it also includes documentary material on the history and importance of Taste, thus setting the scene for their Isle Of Wight Festival appearance.
The documentary features contributions from Rory’s brother and Taste road manager Donal Gallagher, along with Brian May (Queen), The Edge (U2), Bob Geldof and renowned guitarist Larry Coryell. Taste’s performance at the festival was so well received that Jimi Hendrix when asked on the Sunday, “How does it feel to be the best guitarist in the world”, replied, “I don’t know, why don’t you go and ask Rory Gallagher?”
The original 1970 footage was shot by Academy Award winning director Murray Lerner. The 16mm film has been restored and the sound remixed for this 2015 release, which includes all the tracks on the original 1971 Polydor LP, plus several additional tracks. Bonus features include three tracks from the German TV series Beat Club: 'If The Day Was Any Longer', 'It’s Happened Before, It’ll Happen Again' and 'Morning Sun’.
Additionally there are three conceptual music videos for the tracks 'I’ll Remember’, 'What’s Going On' and 'Born On The Wrong Side Of Time'. Rory Gallagher and Taste are also being celebrated with the I’ll Remember 4CD box set, released by Universal Music on 28 August, boasting remastered versions of their two acclaimed studio albums Taste and On The Boards, including bonus tracks.
Also included are previously unreleased live concert recordings from Stockholm’s Konserthuset, The BBC and Woburn Abbey Festival, plus demos of both released and unreleased material.
Rory Gallagher would go on to enjoy an acclaimed and highly successful solo career. Johnny Marr said, “The man who changed my musical life was Rory Gallagher, I picked up a guitar because of him.”
The Live Tracklisting for the DVD / Blu-Ray reads:
What’s Going On; Sugar Mama; Morning Sun; Gambling Blues; Sinner Boy; Same Old Story and Catfish Blues
TRACKLISTING CD / DOUBLE LP
What’s Going On; Sugar Mama; Morning Sun; Gambling Blues; Sinner Boy; I’ll Remember; I Feel So Good; Catfish Blues; Same Old Story and Blister On The Moon.