Taste / Rory Gallagher Band

Related: Impact, Fontana, Sounds, Stud

By Kieran Keegan: Taste can be considered to be the first Irish-born pop stars. Formed in 1966 it comprised blues legend Rory Gallagher on guitar and sax, Eric Kitteringham (bass) and Norman D'Amery (drums). Initially Taste were an act solely on the Irish scene, but their reputation soon spread to the continent, particulary Germany were they had a loyal following. Tasteís first single was released on the Major-Minor label. The A side was called `Blister On The Moon', with the B side given the spacey title `Born On The Wrong Side Of Time'*.

As success came the band evolved. Original members Kitteringham and Damery left and were replaced by Richard McCracken (bass) and John Wilson (drums) who had been on the Irish showband circuit with Derrick & The Sounds. Interestingly, McCracken had been The Sounds lead guitarist but had switched to bass when he and Wilson formed Cheese before joining Gallagher in Taste. This line-up released the bandís self-titled debut album in 1969. The band received invaluable promotion for their music when they landed a slot to tour the US opening for Blind Faith the same year

The band continued to tour Europe through 1970, appearing at the legendary 1970 Isle of Wight festival. Taste's final gig happened not long after, in Belfast on New Years Eve 1970, before Rory Gallagher left for a solo career.

*The song-title on the B-side was printed as "Born On The Wrong Side Of Town", not "Time". The correct title was indeed Time, as evidenced by this use on their debut LP, but it is mis-spelled on all copies of their UK-only Major Minor 45. The single was issued in 1968, the number is MM 560. The two recordings are unique to this single - the songs later appeared on their debut LP but those are re-recorded versions ~ Clark Faville

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