Monday, March 12, 2007

Lost Album Gem: --> Rory Gallagher - Photo-Finsh (1978)




"I'm still not sure what part I play in this shadow play...this shadow play."
Rory Gallagher

A couple of years ago I tried my hand at writing a short story involving the strange appearances of what are commonly known to be "Shadow People".

The gray shadows that sometimes catch the corner of your eyes...but seldom are there when you turn your head to look.


After putting pen & paper away...I came across an article about, of all things..."Shadow People".

And while reading it, Rory Gallagher popped up on random shuffle burning the house down with his awesome song "Shadow Play" from the oft-forgot album Photo-Finish (1978)...thus completing my "shadow trifecta" for the night.



Rory Gallagher has always been a barista at blending Rock and Blues...and Photo-Finish is truly a must-own demolition rock-burn.

Songs like "Shin Kicker" and "Cloak and Dagger" or "Mississippi Sheiks"...not to mention my favorite song title..."Brute Force and Ignorance"...are just perfect for helping get your car crankin' in the cold mornings.

In fact, it's the perfect fuel for a weekend road trip. The energy and variety will keep you smiling for miles.

Radio airplay has eluded Rory in the Midwest...so word of mouth is the best I can do.  Have a taste below...and then go out and add some RG throwdown to your musical collection.

"Shadow Play"  -  Rory Gallagher / Photo-Finish (1978)


In the flinty light, it's midnight, and stars collide
Shadows run, in full flight, to run, seek and hide
I'm still not sure what part I play,
in this shadow play, this shadow play

In the half light, on this mad night, I hear a voice in time
Well, I look back, see a half-smile, then it's gone from sight
Won't you tell me how I can find my way?
In this shadow play, this shadow play
In this shadow play, this shadow play

Sounds come crashing, and I hear laughing
All those lights just blaze away
I feel a little strange inside
A little bit of Jekyll, a little Mr. Hyde

Sounds come crashing, can I hear laughing?
All those lights just blaze away
I feel a little strange inside
A little Dr. Jekyll, a little Mr. Hyde

Thoughts run wild, free as a child, into the night
Across the screen a thin beam, of magic light
Things they just don't look the same
In this shadow play, this shadow play
Shadow play, shadow play
I can't run away from this shadow play
Shadow play, shadow play 



Casey Chambers
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