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    I put it on my Christmas wish list!
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    It was meant to be.
    "Life's too short not to enjoy great tone."

    Some contend that rock 'n roll is bad for the body & bad for the soul
    Bad for the heart, bad for the mind, bad for the deaf & bad for the blind.
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    Makes some men crazy and they start to drool.

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    I just finished up the audio. Will watch the DVD later on. I still have the 74' documentary on VHS floating around my rumpus room somewhere.

    oooh yeah.
    You're in my sight, but there's a mist on my lens!

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    So how is it? I have nothing by Rory so far - is this a fitting first purchase?
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    Its a great purchase I think you should also get the BBC sessions along with it to hear his studio work as well. I think I got our man Keb turned on to Rory as well!
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    Quasi-update: My wonderful wife ordered this fairly elusive set as a Christmas present. Coming from the UK, taking an extra week or two. Can't wait to have a 2 or 3 - day listening marathon, which is how I love to listen to a collection like this.
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    I have the complete Montreux DVD collection spanning the years 1975 to 1994. Haven't played them in a while, so will have to remedy that.
    I'm a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.

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    Just received it, and am on the third track. I am amazed by the quality of the sound, with the exception of the drums, which are partially buried in the mix. Wouldn't bother me if the guy weren't so damned good.

    Rory is a singular player, and I'm kicking myself in the ass (you guys ever try that? Not easy when you're getting old) for not getting into his stuff years ago, but this is a special treat in this age of manufactured stars. I am going to listen to this all day non-stop at work tomorrow!

    What amp(s) did he play through? His tone is great, but it is not a dead giveaway that he's playing a strat. My guess is that he favors the middle pickup and avoids 2 and 4 (probably a 3-way switch?)
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    Here's an Amazon review from an old Brit who knew him and no doubt is therefore biased, but many Rory fans make similar claims.

    [COLOR=#111111]When Rory and his killer band toured Ireland in 1974, other reviewers have got it dead right that the majority of rock acts wouldn't go near the place. The Gaelic funsters were in the full throes of murdering and torturing their fellow man. So the Melody Maker, Britain's best-ever and sadly defunct music weekly (written by such five-star observers as Ray Coleman and Chris Welch - see my review of Chris' book "Cream"), had as its front-page headline, "Rory rocks Belfast," followed by an ecstatic description of not only his fantastic playing and band, but of his single-minded belief that music would break down all barriers.[/COLOR]

    [COLOR=#111111]I first saw Rory in 1968 when, as I said in many other reviews, he blew poor old Jimi H off the stage at the Woburn Abbey Festival. I got to know him quite well and have, among other things, one of Richie McCraken's bass guitar string cases on which Rory wrote his name and addresses of his agents for booking. I loved this man and his music, and preferred him to almost any other musician in the world. I find him much more intresting than Duane Allman (there is no law against playing in tune, D) or Stevie Ray Vaughan, and miles better than Hendrix, who was usually so awful live. He interpreted the blues in an unbelievably sensitive and skilful way, never forgetting his comprehensive respect and knowledge of the greats (he adored Muddy Waters, Blind Blake, Hutto, Albert King and so on). Coupled with that, he was a pretty good singer and a first-rate song-writer, as well as being a great guitarist, slide player, mandolin player, harp player and sax player. I lost count of the times (well over 38) I saw Rory say, "Thanks a million, thanks a million," in his inimitable brogue before holding an audience spellbound with one acoustic guitar.[/COLOR]

    [COLOR=#111111]This fantastic record of Rory includes "A Million Miles Away", Walk on Hot Coals,", "I wonder who,", "Who's that coming, " and a host of other gems, all played by the band of bands. Listen to Rod D'Ath's drums, Gerry McEvoy's bass and Lou Martin's drums. Primitive gear, stunning playing. Who can hold a candle to this gentle, polite, kind and decent man? Please let us stop comparing him to the usual suspects - he was in a different league in so many ways and the world is just beginning to wake up. He was quite unique in so many ways. Listen to the "London Muddy Waters Sessions" - he's the only one who really "got it."[/COLOR]
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