It’s his landmark August 1970 performance at the Isle of Wight Festival with Taste — the band with which he established himself as a world-renowned guitarist — that has earned him the accolade.
In a film of the band’s set at the festival headlined by Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, and The Who, director Murray Lerner captured the virtuosity for which Gallagher continued to build a reputation in a solo career that followed Taste’s break-up months after the concert.
What’s Going On: Taste Live At The Isle Of Wight was released on DVD and BluRay last Thursday and follows last month’s release of a four-CD boxset of the Taste back-catalogue.
More than half the tracks on the I’ll Remember box-set are material never before released officially.
Born in Donegal and raised in Cork City, Gallagher died aged 47 after a liver transplant in June 1995 — his 20th anniversary was marked in his native city and around the world last June.
Taste had two previous Top 40 albums in Britain in their heyday but never broke the Top 10 barrier, although they enjoyed huge favour in the UK music press. The band’s original bass player, Eric Kitteringham, who left Taste in 1968, died in his native Cork in 2013.
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