Monday, April 23, 2007

TASTE - Taste + On The Boards

Taste (originally "The Taste") was formed in Cork, Ireland in 1966 as a trio consisting of Rory Gallagher on guitars & vocals, Eric Kitteringham`on bass, and Norman Damery on drums. In their early years Taste toured in Hamburg and Ireland before becoming regulars at Maritime Hotel, an R&B club in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
In 1968 Taste began performing in the UK where the original lineup split up. The new lineup formed with Richard McCracken on bass and John Wilson on drums. The new Taste moved permanently to London where they signed with the record label Polydor. While with Polydor, Taste began touring the United States and Canada with the British supergroup Blind Faith. In 1969 Taste released their first two studio recordings, the self-titled "Taste" first and "On The Boards" soon following, the latter showing Rory and the band's jazz influences with Gallagher playing saxophone on numerous tracks.
Perhaps their most notable performance came in 1970 as part of the Isle of Wight Festival, joining such notable musicians as Jimi Hendrix and The Who. They were well-received by those in attendance, ultimately being called back for five encores. Later the same year Taste would once more tour Europe before performing their last show on New Year's Eve in Belfast. In 1970 Taste split leaving frontman Rory Gallagher to pursue his solo career.
Some years after the band's untimely split, earlier recordings featuring the original lineup emerged. These are rough and ready runthroughs, some of which would have had appeared on the first Taste album. Fascinating for fans, not least because of the quality of Gallagher's guitar playing is not evident. Whereas his fretwork would appear on the later version, the solo slots here are filled by his harmonica playing.


Taste (1969)
1. Blister on the Moon
2. Leaving Blues
3. Sugar Mama
4. Hail
5. Born on the Wrong Side of Time
6. Dual Carriageway Pain
7. Same Old Story
8. Catfish
9. I'm Moving On

On The Boards (1970)
1. What's Going On
2. Railway And Gun
3. It's Happened Before, It'll Happen Again
4. If The Day Was Any Longer
5. Morning Sun
6. Eat My Words
7. On The Boards
8. If I Don't Sing I'll Cry
9. See Here
10. I'll Remember



On The Boards

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Gordon said...

Great stuff, Rory was one of Irelands greatest musicians.
Cant wait to get to the annual festival in june. Should be fun.

Anonymous said...

This is one of my favorite albums. I had it on vinyl and I always adored it. Since I moved from Croatia to Canada, I replaced a lot of my old vinyls by a CD, but could not find this one. There were some rotten 128 kbps (not because of the bit rate, but because it was from the scratchy vinyl rips).
I appreciate your effort to bring us the high quality music in high quality formats.
Samo tako naprijed i hvala!


Anonymous said...

Many thanks for a great rip of "On The Boards" a landmark album in my life it changed my whole outlook on music. You've just made my day with both of the Taste posts

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the quality of your work

Anonymous said...

Wow ! I'd heard a " best of " collection years ago and rememebered liking it...the first one really blows my mind. I think this record must have had some influence on The Move, one of my favorite bands.
thanks !

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this! You did a great gift for all who knows and loves RG! Best wishes from Russia, from Moscow!SteelyDaniel.

Anonymous said...

I have just discovered your site - unbelievable music - from my era and to find the Taste LPs which were stolen from me 30 years ago - Thank you so very much - DIOLCH YN FAWR (Thank you very much in Welsh). I am sure I will find alot more on your site and I am looking forward to reading it all.

Rory one of my favourites along with Paul Kossoff and Peter Green.

Well Done!!