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Monday, June 09, 2008

Taste - The Irish Werewolf


In the British blues boom of the mid-'60s, fronting a band was considered career suicide. But it was hip and cool just like today. The difference is, today you know if you make it, you can live comfortably. Back then, the road map had yet to be drawn. Those who formed bands were like explorers of the unknown.
The power trio was a construct invented by Cream and The Jimi Hendrix Experience. All others, including Taste, were imitators. Gallagher's Taste had him as a virtuoso performer on the guitar, mouth harp and occasionally on horns. You can hear Gallagher play all his tricks at this show which was the band's final European tour. All their concert favourites are here - Morning Sun, Sugar Mama, I Feel So Good, Catfish and Same Old Story. Taste were more blues than rock and Gallagher was sometimes spell-blinding with his technique. Check out the final track, Pontiac Blues, a mesmerizing finish to a guitar-dominated show. Taste were never about songs.
By the end of 1970, Taste disbanded with McCracken and Wilson forming Stud while Gallagher moved on to a solo career.
Judge for yourself if this young Irish guitar slinger got Albert King's and Buddy Guy's blues moves right. Gallagher had a long solo career till he passed away in 1995

01 Morning Sun
02 Sugar Mama
03 I'll Remember
04 Walkin' Blues
05 Eat My Words
Taste - Live at Stadthalle, Basel, Switzerland, February 1, 197006 Railway And Gun
07 I Feel So Good pt.1 > Drums Solo (cut)
01 Drums Solo (fades in) - I Feel So Good pt.2
02 What's Going On
03 Catfish > I Just Want To Make Love To You > Catfish
04 Same Old Story
05 Pontiac Blues (Same Old Story) [cut at the end]

LOCATION / VENUEBasel Stadthalle DATEFebruary 1, 1970

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Blogger Jobe said...

Thank you for this

9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

vielen dank!

9:08 PM  
Blogger Johnson, Mike said...

wow. the pitch on this is about a 1/2 step too fast.

12:41 PM  

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