From @hotpressmagazine ”There will be huge excitement among Rory Gallagher fans to hear that a completely unknown Rory songwriting gem has been discovered in the vaults – and is included in the new album Blues. Indeed the record is studded with extraordinary, unheard material... Hot Press has confirmed that there is a previously undiscovered – and never before heard – Rory Gallagher composition on the late Cork star's upcoming album Blues.
The track is entitled ‘Prison Blues’, and it confirms the strong identification of the great Irish guitarist with the dispossessed and the downtrodden. It was recorded during the sessions for the Blueprint album, released in 1973.
While that is the most thrilling find, ‘Prison Blues;’ is only one among many rarities on an album that has been curated by Daniel Gallagher. “There’s a number of tracks on the album that have never featured in Rory’s catalogue before,” Daniel told Hot Press. “Every track on the album, bar three, is previously unreleased,” “Some tracks are different versions or alternative takes of songs that were released,” Daniel adds. "For instance, ‘As The Crow Flies’ and ‘Nothin But The Devil’ are full-band versions, instead of the acoustic takes. There's an additional track from the Albert King sessions, ‘You Upset Me’, which wasn’t included on Albert's album so that's unheard as well.” It all adds up to a hugely tantalising prospect for Rory Gallagher fans. Indeed, in focussing on the blues aspect of Rory’s musical personality and lineage, the album will surely highlight for younger rock ’n' roll and blues fans just how revered Rory Gallagher was among the international community of musicians, with tracks included from sessions with Muddy Waters, Albert King, Jack Bruce of Cream, Lonnie Donegan and Chris Barber.”
Rory playing ‘Philby’ on his Coral Electric Sitar "I was reading a lot about Kim Philby, the British spy. I read three books on the trot because I love that whole espionage thing. I added the electric sitar to give it a slightly exotic feel. The funny thing is that I had to rent the sitar, there are only four of them in Britain. The one I used was rented from Pete Townshend’s company. They used to sell sitars over here in America for $80 or $90 and now you can't find one. When I get back I intend to have a double necked guitar made with a sitar and a six string together. Then I'll have it made."
Rory Gallagher with his Danelectro 3021 short horn guitar “In America, if you looked in the old pawnshops ... I found a 15 dollar guitar, a Danelectro, and I recorded “A million miles away” and “Cradle rock” on that guitar. So i spotted these things earlier than others. Now it’s different, because everyone’s sharp: they see you coming! When you say: “Can I have a look at that Danelectro?”, they think: “Oh, this guy’s from Europe, he can afford to pay a thousand dollars”.
“I Could’ve Had Religion” is a tribute to what Rory referred to as the “redemption style blues” of Robert Wilkins and Gary Davis.
Bob Dylan expressed interest in recording his own version of it. Bob originally thought that it was a traditional song, however after conversing with Rory, he discovered it was a Rory Gallagher original with the only traditional element coming from a lyric from an old blues book of poetry.