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Big Guns: The Very Best of Rory Gallagher (Hybr)
Rory Gallagher
Big Guns: The Very Best of Rory Gallagher (Hybr)
Genres: Blues, World Music, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
  •  Track Listings (12) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (12) - Disc #2


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All Artists: Rory Gallagher
Title: Big Guns: The Very Best of Rory Gallagher (Hybr)
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Bmg Marketing
Release Date: 7/5/2005
Album Type: Hybrid SACD - DSD, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
Genres: Blues, World Music, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Styles: Europe, British Isles, Blues Rock, Rock Guitarists, British Invasion, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 828766888928

CD Reviews

P. G. Moylan | Denver Co | 08/03/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)

"I'm a big Rory fan and I agree with all the others. I was waiting for a long time for this and I've listened to it maybe twice. This is not what I would call the best of Rory. Where is Seventh Son of a Seventh Son,Brute Force and Ignorance, As the Crow Flies. Shadowplay is one of my favorite songs but this version sounds like it was made in a garage.
Greatest hits? R.G. never had 'hits'
Dave Dodson | Arizona | 12/09/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Rory never had mainstream hits, and I'm quite happy about that.
But lets get real people,,,,who the heck wants somebody else picking out the 'greatest hits' for you, me or any other Rory fan? Fact is, with Rory being so supremly talented, and us being such huge fans, we will buy up all the regular releases, and some of Donals compliations such as the excellent Wheels within wheels. Face it, 'Greatest hits' albums are only good for acts like Billy Joe and Hall and Oats. Nuff said."
Ralph Quirino | Keswick, Ontario Canada | 07/28/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)

"First and foremost, Rory Gallagher was one of the best blues/rock guitarists in the world. Period! His playing was honest, electrifying and downright influential. His work with Taste is fondly remembered and his solo albums contained awesome performances worth discovering or rediscovering. Buddha/BMG's remastered albums (released towards the end of the 1990s) are worthy investments thanks to superb audio restoring, full liner notes and fine bonus tracks. So, let's get the question of RG's skills out of the way from the get-go. He had chops and knew how to use 'em. That said, as an introductory set to Gallagher's skills and recordings, Big Guns leaves an awful lot to be desired. It's a sonic mess. A remastering nightmare that does no justice whatsoever to the original recordings. Remember, this SACD/CD hybrid is supposed to be the "ultimate" sound experience. I've heard this collection twice, once on a CD player and again on an actual SACD player. Both times, I could only shake my head in disgust. Muddy, fuzzy bass overshadows the actual playing. And the production job sounds dirty and unpolished. I don't even think these are the final takes: they sound like demos or alternates. It begs the question: why? Why have we been given this sonic stew to "digest"? RG fans deserve a "blow apart the barndoors" kind of anthology. This ain't it. There's no question devotees should own this regardless: there's still something magical in the way RG plays on these takes. They just aren't the real thing sonically. And that's a real shame.