By Nidhi Dahiya
  • 08 Aug
  • 6 min read
Rory Gallagher

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Rory Gallagher’s “Deuce” sophomore solo album from 1971, a deluxe CD boxset will be released by UMC on Friday, September 30, 2022. 

The extensive celebratory release digs deep into the Rory Gallagher Archives. It will include a new mix of the original album, twenty-eight previously unreleased alternate takes, a six-song 1972 BBC Radio ‘In Concert,’ and seven Radio Bremen radio session tracks. The package will contain a 64-page hardback book with a foreword by Johnny Marr of The Smiths, unseen images by the late Mick Rock, essays, and memorabilia from the album recording. The 2CD and 3LP will be cut down versions from the deluxe box, and there will be a special D2C 1LP of the “BBC In Concert – Live at The Paris Theatre, January 13, 1972.” 

“One day, I was playing along with the Deuce album, which was a complete turning point for me as a guitar player.” – Johnny Marr 

Released in November 1971, just six months after his eponymous solo debut, Rory Gallagher’s second album, Deuce, was the summation of all that he’d promised in the wake of Taste’s collapse. Rory wanted to capture the feeling of a live performance, so he would look to record immediately after live concerts while keeping production to a minimum. 

With Gerry McAvoy on bass guitar and Wilgar Campbell on drums, the album was engineered by Robin Sylvester and produced by Rory. He chose Tangerine Studios, a small reggae studio, in Dalston in East London, due to its history with legendary producer Joe Meek. Deuce features many Rory highlights, from the blistering Crest Of A Wave to the Celtic-infused I’m Not Awake Yet. 

When asked, “How does it feel to be the best guitarist in the world,” Jimi replied, “I don’t know. Why don’t you go and ask Rory Gallagher.” – Jimi Hendrix 

“There are a million guys who sound like Stevie Ray Vaughan, but I never heard anybody who could pull off sounding like Rory Gallagher.”  – Slash 

“As soon as I heard Cradle Rock, I was hooked. I thought, ‘This is what I want to be when I grow up.'” – Joe Bonamassa 

“I really liked Rory; he was a fine guitarist, singer, and lovely man.” – Jimmy Page 

“He was a magician. He’s one of the few people of that time who could make his guitar do anything, it seemed. It just seemed to be magic. I remember looking at that battered Stratocaster and thinking, “how does that come out of there?”  – Brian May 

“A beautiful man and an amazing guitar player.” – The Edge 

“An amazing player, very spirited. Rory had a particular sound using that Stratocaster, and he got it because of the brute force in the way that he played. He just had such a passion about it.”  – Joe Satriani 

FORMATS / TRACK LIST 

4CD BOX SET 

CD1 

Used to Be – 50th Anniversary Edition 

I’m Not Awake Yet – 50th Anniversary Edition 

Don’t Know Where I’m Going – 50th Anniversary Edition 

Maybe I Will – 50th Anniversary Edition 

Whole Lot of People – 50th Anniversary Edition 

In Your Town – 50th Anniversary Edition 

Should’ve Learnt My Lesson – 50th Anniversary Edition 

There’s a Light – 50th Anniversary Edition 

Out of My Mind – 50th Anniversary Edition 

Crest of a Wave – 50th Anniversary Edition 

CD2 

Used to Be – Alternate Take 1 

Used to Be – Alternate Take 2 

I’m Not Awake Yet – Alternate Take 1 

Don’t Know Where I’m Going – Alternate Take 1 

Maybe I Will – Alternate Take 1 

Maybe I Will – Alternate Take 2 

Maybe I Will – Alternate Take 3 

Maybe I Will – Alternate Take 4 

Maybe I Will – Alternate Take 5 

Whole Lot of People – Electric Alternate Take 1 

Whole Lot of People – 6 String Acoustic Alternate Take 1 

Whole Lot Of People – Deuce Album Session / Alternative Acoustic Take / 1971 * 

Whole Lot of People – 12 String Acoustic Alternate Take 1 

In Your Town – Alternate Take 1 

In Your Town – Alternate Take 2 

In Your Town – Alternate Take 3 

CD3 

In Your Town – Alternate Take 4 

Should’ve Learnt My Lesson – Deuce Album Session / Alternative Acoustic Take / 1971* 

Should’ve Learnt My Lesson – Deuce Album Session Outtake / 1971* 

Should’ve Learnt My Lesson – Alternate Take 2 

Should’ve Learnt My Lesson – Alternate Take 3 

There’s A Light – Alternate Take 1 

There’s A Light – Alternate Take 2 

There’s A Light – Alternate Take 3 

Out of My Mind – Alternate Take 1 

Out of My Mind – Alternate Take 2 

Out of My Mind – Alternate Take 3 

Crest of a Wave – Alternate Take 1 

Crest of a Wave – Alternate Take 2 

Don’t Know Where I’m Going – Home Demo 

Maybe I Will – Home Demo 

Should’ve Learnt My Lesson – Home Demo 

CD4 

Should’ve Learnt My Lesson – Radio Bremen 21/12/1971 

Crest of a Wave – Radio Bremen 21/12/1971 

I Could’ve Had Religion – Radio Bremen 21/12/1971 

For The Last Time – Radio Bremen 21/12/1971 

Messin’ With The Kid – Radio Bremen 21/12/1971 

Don’t Know Where I’m Going – Radio Bremen 21/12/1971 

Pistol Slapper Blues – Radio Bremen 21/12/1971 

Used To Be – BBC In Concert – Live at The Paris Theatre, 13 January 1972 

Should’ve Learnt My Lesson – BBC In Concert – Live at The Paris Theatre, 13 January 1972 

Out Of My Mind – BBC In Concert – Live at The Paris Theatre, 13 January 1972 

I Could’ve Had Religion – BBC In Concert – Live at The Paris Theatre, 13 January 1972 

Crest Of A Wave – BBC In Concert – Live at The Paris Theatre, 13 January 1972 

Messin’ With The Kid – BBC In Concert – Live at The Paris Theatre, 13 January 1972 

2CD 

CD1 

Used to Be – 50th Anniversary Edition 

I’m Not Awake Yet – 50th Anniversary Edition 

Don’t Know Where I’m Going – 50th Anniversary Edition 

Maybe I Will – 50th Anniversary Edition 

Whole Lot of People – 50th Anniversary Edition 

In Your Town – 50th Anniversary Edition 

Should’ve Learnt My Lesson – 50th Anniversary Edition 

There’s a Light – 50th Anniversary Edition 

Out of My Mind – 50th Anniversary Edition 

Crest of a Wave – 50th Anniversary Edition 

CD2 

Used to Be – Alternate Take 1 

I’m Not Awake Yet – Alternate Take 1 

Maybe I Will – Alternate Take 1 

Whole Lot of People – 12 String Acoustic Alternate Take 1 

In Your Town – Alternate Take 3 

Should’ve Learnt My Lesson – Alternate Take 3 

There’s A Light – Alternate Take 1 

Out of My Mind – Alternate Take 3 

Crest of a Wave – Alternate Take 2 

Should’ve Learnt My Lesson – Radio Bremen 21/12/1971 

Crest of a Wave – Radio Bremen 21/12/1971 

I Could’ve Had Religion – Radio Bremen 21/12/1971 

For The Last Time – Radio Bremen 21/12/1971 

Messin’ With The Kid – Radio Bremen 21/12/1971 

Don’t Know Where I’m Going – Radio Bremen 21/12/1971 

Pistol Slapper Blues – Radio Bremen 21/12/1971 

3LP 

Side A 

Used to Be – 50th Anniversary Edition 

I’m Not Awake Yet – 50th Anniversary Edition 

Don’t Know Where I’m Going – 50th Anniversary Edition 

Maybe I Will – 50th Anniversary Edition 

Whole Lot of People – 50th Anniversary Edition 

Side B 

In Your Town – 50th Anniversary Edition 

Should’ve Learnt My Lesson – 50th Anniversary Edition 

There’s a Light – 50th Anniversary Edition 

Out of My Mind – 50th Anniversary Edition 

Crest of a Wave – 50th Anniversary Edition 

Side C 

Used to Be – Alternate Take 1 

I’m Not Awake Yet – Alternate Take 1 

Maybe I Will – Alternate Take 1 

Whole Lot of People – 12 string acoustic Alternate Take 1 

Side D 

In Your Town – Alternate Take 3 

Should’ve Learnt My Lesson – Alternate Take 3 

There’s A Light – Alternate Take 1 

Out of My Mind – Alternate Take 3 

Side E 

Crest of a Wave – Alternate Take 2 

Crest of a Wave – Radio Bremen 21/12/1971 

Don’t Know Where I’m Going – Radio Bremen 21/12/1971 

I Could’ve Had Religion – Radio Bremen 21/12/1971 

Side F 

Should’ve Learnt My Lesson – Radio Bremen 21/12/1971 

For The Last Time – Radio Bremen 21/12/1971 

Messin’ With The Kid – Radio Bremen 21/12/1971 

Pistol Slapper Blues – Radio Bremen 21/12/1971 

1LP Colour (D2C) 

Side A 

Used To Be – BBC In Concert – Live at The Paris Theatre, 13 January 1972 

Should’ve Learnt My Lesson – BBC In Concert – Live at The Paris Theatre, 13 January 1972 

Out Of My Mind – BBC In Concert – Live at The Paris Theatre, 13 January 1972 

Side B 

I Could’ve Had Religion – BBC In Concert – Live at The Paris Theatre, 13 January 1972 

Crest Of A Wave – BBC In Concert – Live at The Paris Theatre, 13 January 1972 

Messin’ With The Kid – BBC In Concert – Live at The Paris Theatre, 13 January 1972 

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