Rory Gallagher’s “Deuce” Gets A Deluxe Treatment

First issued in 1971 to an initially lackluster reception, Rory Gallagher‘s “Deuce” album has cast a long shadow over the years, its opening and closing numbers – “Used To Be” and “Crest Of A Wave” – becoming surefire concert classics with the Irish guitarist’s brilliant delivery stoked by the rhythm section of Gerry McAvoy and Wilgar Campbell. So it will be a real treat for completists and aficionados to delve into the record’s a bit belated 50th Anniversary Edition which is to see the light of day on September 30th in a variety of formats, including a four-CD deluxe box set.

Like the anniversary release of this platter’s predecessor, laid down a mere half-year earlier, the forthcoming box set is accompanied by a hardcover book – 64-page now versus 32-page one that went with “Rory Gallagher” – and features a new mix of the album per se, two discs of alternative takes of every track and a CD of radio session preserved for posterity soon after the longplay’s arrival on the shelves, so it’s aimed at the great late artist’s hardcore fandom. They can also be interested in the record’s vinyl reissues – a 3LP set with “Deuce” alongside selected takes and a sole radio programme; and a special D2C LP “BBC In Concert” on colored plastic – while the rest of the audience must choose a 2CD variant with the album and same assorted studio and live cuts as on the triple LP. Teasing – see the presentation video below the deluxe set’s breakdown.

RORY GALLAGHER –
Deuce –
50th Anniversary Edition

CD 1 – “Deuce” – new mix:
1. Used To Be
2. I’m Not Awake Yet
3. Don’t Know Where I’m Going
4. Maybe I Will
5. Whole Lot Of People
6. In Your Town
7. Should’ve Learnt My Lesson
8. There’s A Light
9. Out Of My Mind
10. Crest Of A Wave

CD 2 – Alternative Takes:
1. Used To Be (alt. take 1)
2. Used To Be (alt. take 2)
3. I’m Not Awake Yet (alt. take 1)
4. Don’t Know Where I’m Going (alt. take 1)
5. Maybe I Will (alt. take 1)
6. Maybe I Will (alt. take 2)
7. Maybe I Will (alt. take 3)
8. Maybe I Will (alt. take 4)
9. Maybe I Will (alt. take 5)
10. Whole Lot Of People (electric alt. take 1)
11. Whole Lot Of People (6-string acoustic alt. take 1)
12. Whole Lot Of People (alt. acoustic take)
13. Whole Lot Of People (12-string acoustic alt. take 1)
14. In Your Town (alt. take 1)
15. In Your Town (alt. take 2)
16. In Your Town (alt. take 3)

CD 3 – Alternative Takes:
1. In Your Town (alt. take 4)
2. Should’ve Learnt My Lesson (alt. acoustic take)
3. Should’ve Learnt My Lesson (outtake)
4. Should’ve Learnt My Lesson (alt. take 2)
5. Should’ve Learnt My Lesson (alt. take 3)
6. There’s A Light (alt. take 1)
7. There’s A Light (alt. take 2)
8. There’s A Light (alt. take 3)
9. Out Of My Mind (alt. take 1)
10. Out Of My Mind (alt. take 2)
11. Out Of My Mind (alt. take 3)
12. Crest Of A Wave (alt. take 1)
13. Crest Of A Wave (alt. take 2)
14. Don’t Know Where I’m Going (home demo)
15. Maybe I Will (home demo)
16. Should’ve Learnt My Lesson (home demo)

RORY GALLAGHER –
Deuce –
50th Anniversary Edition

CD 4 – Live:
Radio Bremen – December 21st, 1971:
1. Should’ve Learnt My Lesson
2. Crest Of A Wave
3. I Could’ve Had Religion
4. For The Last Time
5. Messin’ With The Kid
6. Don’t Know Where I’m Going
7. Pistol Slapper Blues
BBC In Concert – The Paris Theatre – January 13th, 1972:
8. Used To Be
9. Should’ve Learnt My Lesson
10. Out Of My Mind
11. I Could’ve Had Religion
12. Crest Of A Wave
13. Messin’ With The Kid

August 5, 2022

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