In 1976, Gallagher released "Calling Card", attempting to gain a diversity of sound.....personally I think it's
pretty fair, the songs regain Rory's hard rock edge, which is what matters.....after this one, though, Gallagher would return to the tried-and-true power trio format. '"Do You Read Me" and the title track stand out on this one.
On "Photo Finish", as stated above, the return is To power trio type sounds, such as the slammin' "Shin Kicker" and "Last of the Independents"....this album took 2 years to record, due to some unfortunate circumstances, look the up, a fairly interesting story, just not interesting enough for me to rehash here.
He changed labels, again, for "Jinx", it's not a real standout, if you're a fan, of course, you'll wish to hear this, certainly "Jinxed" and "Bourbon" fulfill the tradition....
Well, next comes "Defender".....by now, the studio efforts REALLY
DO start to blur together somewhat, if you like his stuff, it really doesn't make a sharp right to suckville, but there is a sameness among the discs...."Defender" re-introduces some keyboards back to the sound, and most of side one is worth a listen.
Gallagher knew his formula and ran with it.....as I said when we get to his live efforts, his high energy performances will really shine through, but here is another batch of studio releases for your perusal.
PHOTO FINISH-01 Shin-Kicker/02 Brute Force & Ignorance/03 Cruise On Out/04 Cloak & Dagger/05 Overnight Bag/06 Shadow Play/07 The Mississippi Sheiks/08 Last of the Independents/09 Fuel to the Fire/10 Early Warning/11 Juke Box Annie
TOP PRIORITY-01 Follow Me/02 Philby/03 Wayward Child/04 Key Chain/05 At the Depot/06 Bad Penny/07 Just Hit Town/08 Off the Handle/09 Public Enemy No. 1/10 Hell Cat/11 The Watcher/12 Nothing But the Devil
JINX-1 Big Guns/02 Bourbon/03 Double Vision/04 The Devil Made Me Do It/05 Signals/06 Jinxed/07
Easy Come Easy Go/08 Nothin But the Devil/09 Ride on Red, Ride On/10 Lonely Mile/11 Loose Talk
DEFENDER-01 Kickback City/02 Loanshark Blues/03 Continental Op/04 I Ain't No Saint/05 Failsafe Day/06 Road to Hell/07 Doing Time/08 Smear Campaign/09 Don't Start Me Talkin/10 Seven Days/11 Seems To me/12 No Peace For the Wicked