Top Priority is Rory Gallagher's tenth album. It was his fourth and final studio album for Chrysalis Records both in the UK and USA. The album was the second with his revised power trio band. Like the previous album Photo-Finish, Top Priority is a return to hard rock. The ballads, acoustic and folk influences that were seen on albums such as Calling Card are replaced by more conventional but powerful blues rock.
Released August 1st, 1979. Follow Me (4:38) (Rory Gallagher). Philby (3:48) (Rory Gallagher). Wayward Child (3:28) (Rory Gallagher). Guitar, Vocals, Dulcimer & Harmonica. A year after the huge success of ‘Photo-Finish’ Rory returned to Dieter Dierks studio in Germany to record Top Priority, his fourth album for Chrysalis. They year in-between saw Rory touring extensively in the States and receiving great press both at home and abroad. Chrysalis was keen to keep this momentum going and promised to make this new album their ‘top priority’. In typical Rory style he named the album after their promise so that no one at the record company would be able to forget their guarantee. The driving urgency of Follow Me sets the tone for this energetic and exciting album
The discography of Rory Gallagher, an Irish guitarist and singer-songwriter, consists of 11 studio albums, 6 live albums, 13 compilations, and 5 singles. Gallagher was a solo-artist and collaborated with artists such as Muddy Waters and Jerry Lee Lewis. Before his career as a solo-artist, Gallagher was the guitarist, vocalist, and saxophonist for the Irish rock trio Taste.
With the success of his 1978 album, Photo Finish, his current record label, Chrysalis, had promised to make the guitarist’s next album their top priority, hence the album’s title. The album was released less than a year after Photo Finish, which given his busy touring schedule, was quite remarkable considering the quality of the music on offer.
Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica, Dulcimer – Rory Gallagher. Matrix, Runout: JPCD 991020. Top Priority (LP, Album, RE). Chrysalis.
Gallagher's fourth and final studio set for Chrysalis finds the Irish blues-rocker in prime form. Arriving only a year after Photo-Finish, when he spent much of his time on the road, it's remarkable that Gallagher could continue to churn out the hook-heavy high-quality tunes he wrote for this album. Playing larger arenas toughened his songs and attack, almost all of which here are high-octane sweaty rockers.
Album by Rory Gallagher.
Rory Gallagher never made a bad album, but there are a select few recordings in his discography superior to the others. Top Priority is just one of those where the power of playing, enhanced by the production, in combination with the late guitarist's songwriting skills, renders it essential listening. It is, in fact, one of those Rory Gallagher discs worthy of play for the uninitiated, secure that, before it's over, that listener will hopefully understand why the late Irish guitarist garnered such a rabid following when he was alive.
|5||At The Depot||2:56|
|7||Just Hit Town||3:35|
|8||Off The Handle||5:35|
|9||Public Enemy No.1||3:43|
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|104742||Rory Gallagher||Top Priority (CD, Album)||Accord, Capo||104742||France||1990|
|6307 669||Rory Gallagher||Top Priority (LP, Album, RE)||Chrysalis||6307 669||Greece||Unknown|
|4097||Rory Gallagher||Top Priority (Cass, Album, Unofficial)||747||4097||Saudi Arabia||Unknown|
|WWS-81261||Rory Gallagher||Top Priority (LP, Album)||Chrysalis||WWS-81261||Japan||1979|