Produced by Rory Gallagher. All songs by Rory Gallagher except 'Empire State Express' by Eddie 'Son' House. 1. 'Kid' Gloves 2. The King of Zydeco (To: Clifton Chenier) 3. Middle Name 4. Alexis (instrumental) 5. Empire State Express (acoustic) 6. Ghost Blues 7. Heaven's Gate 8. The Loop (instrumental) 9. Walkin Wounded 10. Slumming Angel Rory Gallagher: vocals; electric and acoustic guitars; dulcimer; electric sitar; mandola. Gerry McAvoy: bass guitar. Brendan O'Neil: drums Mark Feltham: harmonica Geraint Watkins: accordion John Cooke: keyboards Lou Martin: piano John Earle: tenor sax; baritone sax Ray Beavis: tenor sax Dick Hanson: trumpet David Sinclair (Q, July, 1990) commented: "Gallagher's neurotic attention to detail has paid off and Fresh Evidence is a considered and varied collection without an ounce of spare flesh on its wiry frame. On two tracks in particular - Middle Name and Heaven's Gate - he solos with whiplash severity and taut economy against smouldering, minimalist backdrops that belie the long months of effort that went into the making of the finished article." Rory himself spoke about some of the tracks on Fresh Evidence as follows: "The topics of my songs are everything from cinema-type tunes, like 'Kid' Gloves, where it's a boxer in trouble...I'm inspired a lot by crime fiction. King of Zydeco is about a road movie. Some guy gets totally fed up with the big city, and wants to hit this musical juke-joint and see someone like Clifton Chenier playing, away from commercial pressures..." (as interviewed by Vivian Campbell, Guitar, August, 1991). And as interviewed by Jas Obrecht (Guitar Player, June, 1991): " 'Empire State Express', for instance, was done in one take on purpose. I do it close enough to Son House's style, but to sing it in the tempo, I had to slightly adjust the rhythm. It's a great but very overlooked song in open G tuning [D G D G B D, very low to high]. 'Ghost Blues' is quite traditional in its approach with the National; it's also tuned to open G. The guitar in 'Middle Name' is more like a Slim Harpo record, so there are all kinds of references. Besides a few rock tracks, the rest are very much in the blues field. The album before, Defender, had a lot of blues elements as well, but it was more of a rock production, whereas with this new one we didn't overdo the compression or the cleaning up. We left it fairly wooly and casual, which suits the songs..."
1990 Capo Records CAPO CD 14 (CD)
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