"Rory Gallagher - Live! In Europe" LP POLYDOR VERY 1st PRESS 1972 UNPLAYED MINT

Sold Date: July 10, 2018
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"GOING TO MY HOME TOWN" (Traditional, arranged by Rory Gallagher)

Mama's in the kitchen baking up a pie.
Daddy's in the backyard, "Get a job, son,
You know you ought to try." 
I packed up my bag, I headed down the road,
I got me a job from Henry Ford.
But I made a mistake, I moved much too far,
And now I know what the lonesome blues are.
I`m getting lonesome, I'm getting blue,
I need someone to talk to.
I`m getting lonesome, I'm getting blue,
Let me tell you where I'm going to......

Yes, I'm going to my home town,
I don't care ever even if I have to walk.
Yes I'm going to my home town,
I don't care even if I have to walk.
I gotta move on now, baby, I got no more time left to talk.

Yes I'm going to my home town,
Sorry but I can't take you.
Yes I'm going to my home town,
Sorry but I can't take you.
Only got one ticket, you know I just can't afford two.
Take me home.

The day I left,
You know the rain was pouring down.
The day I left,
You know the rain was pouring down.
I'm going home again baby,
I believe the sun's gonna come on out.
Let's go home, boy, let's go home.

Yes I'm going to my home town,
You know, baby, I gotta go.
Going to my home town,
You know I just have to go.
I really love you, woman,
I'll see you in a year, maybe no, maybe yes.

Going to my home town,
I'm going to my home town,
Going to my home town,
Going to my home town.

RORY GALLAGHER: "Rory Gallagher ‎- Live! In Europe" LP, UK VERY FIRST PRESSING 14th MAY, 1972.
Many years ago I sold a very first pressing of "Live! In Europe" and I was amazed by the massive thickness of the vinyl, I never
weigh records, but that was ultra heavyweight and I can best describe as belonging to the late 1960's.   Ever since I have never
seen another and concluded only a few were pressed right at the beginning of the pressing, just like Eric Clapton's self titled
debut solo album that was also issued on Polydor.  Then that release was in 1970, which was still 'touching' the 60's, but Rory's
"Live! In Europe" album, was released in 1972.  Bought with a small collection of unplayed early 1970's records, this record is
one of the few made to that highest possible vinyl standard, even the texturing and the inner rings around the spindle hole, is
precisely how the 1960's records were made. I am only referring to Mint records and this is the first time since the 1990's,
I have been able to find a Mint "Rory Gallagher ‎- Live! In Europe," authentic first pressing.  So this is the first time I have
offered this incredible live album and it happens to the rare heaviest vinyl  Polydor used after 1970.  Also extremely rare due
to being never played for 46 years and even the usually badly worn out, battered cover, this is an exceptional 'EJDay' printed
first edition only, gatefold cover.  How great was "Rory Gallagher ‎- Live! In Europe?"  Mostly by recommendations from music
press rave reviews, the album climbed the UK charts... and it continued to clmb until it entered the Top 10 at No.1 and that was
nothing less than sensational for a live album!  Rory's first two solo albums were studio albums and the second, "Deuce" did well
to peak at No.39 in December, 1971.  When you consider "Live! In Europe" was released only five months later, you can only sat
Rory Gallagher's reputation for live gigs in this early 1970's era, was spreading very fast.  Discussing albums released 46 years
ago does not mean you can locate first pressing in top condition, great albums were played endlessly and the mono equipment
still out-numbering stereo, did the rest.  This ultimate condition is beyond my hopes but I never say.....never, if they are out
there I will eventually find them, maybe not this ultra heavyweight record!  I had better get on with the pressing details now,
I must quickly say this live album was mostly heavy blues / rock and Deep Purple and Black Sabbath recently paved the way,
but Rory Gallagher and when with Taste, he pioneered the same very special blues based music in the late 1960's.
 

1960'S DESIGN TEXTURED POLYDOR LABEL:  2383 112

MAITRIX:    2383112  A // 2   ▽ 420 1 1   /   2383112   B // 1   1 1 1
The 'extra digits after the main maitrix were usually spread half way round the record, they are too erratic and contradictory
to draw any conclusions, especially as they vary per side of the same album, let alone records pressed closely together.
Polydor's indexing in the  1970's was consistent for the main section and this as the very first pressing, had 'A // 2 & B // 1.'
 

ORIGINAL 1972 POLYDOR INNER SLEEVE, UNSPLIT & UNUSED WITH A RECORD IMPRESSION AND RELATED PUCKERS.
SOME  AGEING,BUT  EVEN THAT IS MOSTLY FROM WHEN THE POLY-LINING WAS GLUED TO THE ABSORBENT PAPER.
 THE FRONT BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER DOES NOT HAVE HAS A CODED DATE OF WHEN IT WAS PRINTED, A JUMBLE OF
UNCONNECTED DIGITS THAT DO NOT FORM A DATE, THIS IS THE ORIGINAL INNER THE RECORD HAS BEEN INSIDE
FOR THE LAST 46 YEARS BY VIRTUE OF AN UNPLAYED RECORD.  IN EXCELLENT+++ / NEAR MINT CONDITION.


STRICTLY FIRST ISSUE ONLY, MATT SOFT TOP SURFACE, 1972 VERY FIRST EDITION GATEFOLD COVER.
PRINTED BY 'E.J. Day Group'.  AN EXTREMELY VULNERABLE  MATT COVER AND VERY PRONE TO SEVERE WEAR,
TRUE MINT DOES NOT EXIST EVEN FOR AN UNPLAYED RECORD LIKE THIS.   WITH THAT IN MIND, THIS IN
OUTSTANDING CONDITION WITH ONLY MINIMAL STANDING IN STORAGE TRAITS.... BUT STANDING IN STORAGE
WITH A REALLY THICK AND HEAVYWEIGHT RECORD, ALSO GRADED EXCELLENT+++ / NEAR MINT CONDITION.
I am constantly describing how even unplayed records affected the matt covers, from just standing in them over time periods as
long as this particular cover has, 46 years.  In theory I should now begin to detail the severity of the damage.  Beyond the lightest
possible standing standing in storage traits like a record impression and a few related edge lines, plus a few ripples in the spine,
the entire front and and back, the edges and corners are in exceptional condition.  My grading is ridiculously strict for this
gatefold cover, but I aim not to disappoint anyone when the album arrives in the post.  The  colours are unfaded and there is not
a single scuff or scrape and only the extremities have very light brushing / rubbing, best seen in my pictures.  A plastic outer
sleeve kept the atmosphere at bay, protecting the top surface, the outside artwork colours and the black & white interior panels.


PLEASE SEE MY LABEL PICTURES WHICH INCLUDES A CLOSE UP OF SIDE 2's SPINDLE HOLE, SUBSTANTIAL VINYL
SHAVINGS CLEARLY SHOW AN UNPLAYED RECORD.   I WILL NOT RISK DISLODGING SUCH DELICATE FLAKES AND
OFFER THIS EQUALLY PRISTIN, GLOSSY RECORD AS STILL UNPLAYED FOR AN AMAZING 46 YEARS.
THE RECORD IS IN UNPLAYED MINT CONDITION

SIDE 1
"Messin' With The Kid" (Junior Wells)
"Laundromat" (Rory Gallagher - Studio version on the 1971 "Rory Gallagher" LP)
"I Could've Had Religion" (Traditional; arranged by Rory Gallagher)
"Pistol Slapper Blues" (Blind Boy Fuller)

SIDE 2
"Going to My Hometown" (Traditional; arranged by Rory Gallagher)
"In Your Town" (Rory Gallagher - 10:00 mins. live version, Studio version on the 1971 "Deuce" LP)
"Bullfrog Blues" (Traditional; arranged by Rory Gallagher)


Rory Gallagher - vocals, guitars, mandolin & harmonica
Gerry McAvoy - bass guitar
Wilgar Campbell - drums & percussion

RecordedFebruary - March, 1972, On Tour In Europe And Complied From These Venues:
5th February,1972, Luton, England.
12th February,1972, Teatro Lirico, Milan, Italy.
14th February,1972, Space Electronic Club, Florence, Italy.
5th March, 1972, Scala Cinema, Ludwigsburg, Germany.
Produced by Rory Gallagher.

This is positively an unplayed record without any spindle traces on typical early 1970's textured Polydor label, if the cover's
extraordinary condition is not confirmation enough, there are still substantial micro-film thin slithers of vinyl in the spindle
hole from the pressing.  I find that a mixture of wonder and frustration, because the acute rarity of an unplayed very first ever
from May, 1972 and beautiful first edition cover. The sound quality will be just as sublime as the condition and the exceptional
standard of the rare heavyweight record, the deep grooves have incredible power and you are transported back into a Rory
Gallagher live performance of pure genius, not forgetting Gerry McAvoy and Wilgar Campbell's inspired contributions to the
resulting album.  Rory was going 'against the grain' by performing virtually, previously unheard material.  Live albums tend to
have tracks from recent studio albbums and there was two released in 1971, only "Laundromat" and "In Your Town" were
from this first two solo albums.  The rest of the album are debuting either new Rory Gallagher compositions or his unheard
arrangements of of traditional blues songs, the very songs that inspired him to become a musician as a young kid in Ireland.
I love "Bullfrog Blues" and my personal pick of the album is the glorious "Going to My Home Town," the audience participation
created something you could not achieve in a recording studio, just listen to how the artists being propelled into a peak of
performance.  I have really written most of the details, but I did forget to include how the 'Melody Maker' readers voted in a
pole for the 'Guitarist Musician of the Year' for the year of 1972, Rory won it thanks to this album and guess who he beat to the
award?  Eric Clapton had to settle for runner up and that perfectly sums up how great Rory Gallagher was all those years ago.
{Roy}


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