August 20, 2020

The Best Of Rory Gallagher to be released in a variety of formats and tracklistings, on CD, vinyl and digital

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

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. 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, and 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.

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 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. 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).

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.

Rory Gallagher 1980 (Strange Music Ltd)

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

“He was just a magician, he’s one of the very few people of that time who could make his guitar do anything. 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


30 Track / 2CD Set


Rory Gallagher 1975 (Strange Music Ltd)

1          Taste                           What’s Going On                          
2          Rory Gallagher           Shadow Play                
3          Rory Gallagher           Follow Me                                  
4          Rory Gallagher           Tattoo’d Lady                            
5          Rory Gallagher           All Around Man                       
6          Rory Gallagher           I Fall Apart                                 
7          Rory Gallagher           Daughter Of The Everglades 
8          Rory Gallagher           Calling Card                                  
9          Rory Gallagher           I’m Not Awake Yet                    
10        Rory Gallagher           Just The Smile                            
11        Rory Gallagher           Out Of My Mind                         
12        Rory Gallagher           Edged In Blue                              
13        Rory Gallagher           Philby                                             
14        Taste                            It’s Happened Before, It’ll Happen Again
15        Rory Gallagher           Crest Of A Wave                       


1          Rory Gallagher             Bad Penny                                 
2          Rory Gallagher             Walk On Hot Coals                  
3          Taste                              Blister On The Moon
4          Rory Gallagher             Loanshark Blues                      
5          Rory Gallagher             Bought & Sold                         
6          Rory Gallagher             A Million Miles Away              
7          Rory Gallagher             Wheels Within Wheels        
8          Rory Gallagher             Seven Days                                
9          Rory Gallagher             Ghost Blues                
10        Rory Gallagher             Cruise On Out                           
11        Jerry Lee Lewis ft. Rory Gallagher (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction 
12        Rory Gallagher           They Don’t Make Them Like You Anymore
13        Rory Gallagher           Moonchild                                   
14        Rory Gallagher           Jinxed                                             
15        Taste                            Catfish                                             

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                                              
Rory Gallagher             Shadow Play                                           
Rory Gallagher             I Fall Apart                                               
Rory Gallagher             Calling Card                                            

Taste 1970 (Strange Music Ltd)

Side B 
Taste                              What’s Going On                                   
Rory Gallagher             All Around Man                                     
Rory Gallagher             A Million Miles Away                         
Rory Gallagher             Just The Smile                                        

Side C 
Rory Gallagher             Seven Days                                            
Rory Gallagher             Jinxed                                                       
Rory Gallagher             Edged In Blue                                        
Rory Gallagher             Philby                                                       

Side D 
Rory Gallagher             Walk On Hot Coals                             
Rory Gallagher             Tattoo’d Lady                                        
Rory Gallagher             Crest Of A Wave                                    

15 Track / 1CD
Bad Penny                       
Shadow Play                     
I Fall Apart                         
Calling Card                        
What’s Going On             
All Around Man               
A Million Miles Away     
Just The Smile                  
Seven Days                        
Edged In Blue                   
Walk On Hot Coals          
Tattoo’d Lady                    
Crest Of A Wave              

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

For further information please contact:

Peter Noble at Noble PR Consultancy
+44 794 908 9762,