The story goes that Jimi Hendrix was once asked what it was like to be the greatest guitarist in the world, to which he replied, "I don't know, go ask Rory Gallagher!"
Rory Gallagher (1948-1995) is simply one of the all-time guitar greats. Slash, The Edge, Brian May, Johnny Marr, Janick Gers, Ritchie Blackmore, Glenn Tipton and Vivian Campbell have all said it. Since practically inventing the Power-Trio format in Taste (both Cream and Taste debuted in 1966), Gallagher's music has stood the test of time and he's as popular now as he ever was!
In 1977, Rory Gallagher entered a San Francisco studio with famed American producer Elliot Mazer (who worked on Neil Young's Harvest, Big Brother & The Holding Company'sCheap Thrills and The Band's The Last Waltz) and recorded a whole album's worth of material. Mazer recalls the sessions grew "tense", as Gallagher thought the mixing process "too complicated." By the end of January, 1978, he had shelved the whole record and broke up his band of the past five years. In 2011, Rory's brother/manager allowed his son to recover the album from the Gallagher archive and begin the process of mixing it with his engineer. Rory said in 1992 he hoped the album would surface one day but only it it were remixed. The release of this historic never-before-issued studio album from a key period of Gallagher's career is the Holy Grail for Rory's fans!
For the first time, the recordings from this session will see the light of day on the 2-CD package "Notes From San Francisco". The first disc features the results of this recording session. Disc 2 consists of a massively energetic live concert recorded in December of 1979 at The Old Waldorf in San Francisco. This from the man who has sold in excess of 20 million albums worldwide!