Rory. Live. Happiness.
It should come as no surprise to Gallagher fans that Live! in Europe brings the heat. Live performances showcase the Rory Gallagher that you just don't hear on his solo recordings. Guitar fireworks are more pronounced and prolonged on his live works but his passion and energy are what set this live recording apart from his studio works. It is this energy that comes through on Live! in Europe and creates an album larger than what it should be. That being said, this is not quite as powerful as his Irish Tour '74 despite very similar set lists.
No real poor tracks here but "Pistol Slapper Blues" and "Going to My Hometown" highlights Rory's masterwork as a musician. Both tracks lean on his acoustic ability (guitar and mandolin respectively) with great cohesion with the band. "Bullfrog Blues," a Gallagher classic, is a wonderfully executed throwback to his 'Taste' days.
For those unfamiliar with Gallagher's work, yes, Rory does guitar, harmonica, mandolin, and lead vocals. Overall, one of the better live Rory Gallagher albums out there and a nice time capsule of his early post-Taste years. Editor note -- Get Irish Tour '74. Then this.
Photo credit by the wonderful @pleasebeerwithme (give 'em a follow)