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There’s a blissful little blues moment near the start of Irish Tour ’74, the seminal concert album by Rory Gallagher that kicks off a year-long reissue campaign of the late Irish guitarist’s recording catalog. The passage centers on a dialogue between guitar and voice that eases into Muddy Waters’ I Wonder Who. It’s almost like a séance, an artist communing so keenly with a muse that the guitar voice completes a solo conversation of restless and relentless urgency.

Irish Tour has long been hailed by Gallagher fans as perhaps his finest recording – a blues saturated set pulled from performances in Belfast, Dublin and Cork during the dead of winter in 1974, a time when relations between Ireland and Northern Ireland were especially hostile.

Gallagher rolls with the flow, though, from the lovely acoustic temperament of Tony Joe White’s As the Crow Flies to the luxurious blues jam (complete with Lou Martin’s Doors-like keyboard colors) that serves as the centerpiece of Walk on Hot Coals.

The sound is organic, the vibe is wonderfully inviting and the level of invention in Gallagher’s playing is continually engaging.

This reissue is identical to a 1999 edition of Irish Tour, which, in turn differs not at all from the original 1974 version. It seems intended for novice rather than veteran fans. For the latter, there is Notes from San Francisco, an outrageous new two disc set that leaps ahead to 1977 and 1979, drops the blues inferences and offers some of Gallagher’s most ferocious recorded playing.

The first disc centers on an Elliot Mazer-produced session in San Francisco that, admittedly, boasts a bit of sheen, especially in the keyboard department. That hardly detracts from the music’s often monstrous intensity, as shown as the big boogie rumble of Cruise On Out and the Faces-like free-for-all in Brute Force and Ignorance.

Throughout, Gallagher sings with the same robust gusto that stirs his playing. Only Wheels Within Wheels (offered here in two versions, one of which is serenely acoustic) cools the flow. 

Gallagher responded to the sessions by shelving the album and dissolving his longrunning band. Notes from San Francisco‘s second disc is a December 1979 live date that whittles his new band to a trio while retaining the volcanic tone of the first disc. Shades of the blues ferocity Stevie Ray Vaughan would explore 15 years later surface in the chunky lyricism of Shinkicker, bass-pumped grooves provide a cool stride for the title tune from 1976’s Calling Card album and muscular guitar trio interplay ignites Follow Me.

There you have it – a reissue of Gallagher’s finest work for the newbies and a glorious sounding unreleased postscript for the die-hards. Between the two, the music of a long underappreciated guitar hero is receiving the reconstituted attention it heartily deserves.

NORTH CAROLINA COURT OF APPEALS ISSUES OPINION REGARDING TOMIKA GOODSON V. AFFILIATED COMPUTER SERVICES

US Fed News Service, Including US State News July 10, 2009 RALEIGH, N.C., July 7 — The North Carolina Court of Appeals issued the following opinion:

TOMIKA GOODSON, Employee, Plaintiff, v. N.C. Industrial Commission I.C. No. 668784 AFFILIATED COMPUTER SERVICES Employer, ACE USA/ESIS, Carrier, Defendants.

Appeal by Plaintiff from opinion and award entered 12 August 2008 by the North Carolina Industrial Commission. Heard in the Court of Appeals 12 March 2009. go to website affiliated computer services

Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, by Samuel A. Scudder and April D. Seguin, for Plaintiff-Appellant.

Hedrick, Gardner, Kincheloe & Garofalo, L.L.P., by Vachelle Willis and Dana C. Moody, for Defendants-Appellees.

STEPHENS, Judge.

I. Procedural History and Factual Background Tomika Goodson (“Plaintiff”) filed a Form 18 on 20 March 2007 alleging her previously diagnosed post traumatic stress disorder (“PTSD”), depression, and panic attacks were aggravated by statements made about her prosthetic eye during a training class on 6 September 2006. Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. and Ace USA/ESIS (collectively “Defendants”) had previously filed a Form 61 on 30 November 2006 denying Plaintiff’s claim. Plaintiff filed a Form 33 requesting a hearing in this matter. Defendants responded by filing a Form 33R on 28 December 2006 maintaining their denial of the claim.

This matter was heard before Deputy Commissioner Theresa B. Stephenson on 17 May 2007. The evidence presented at the hearing tended to show the following: affiliatedcomputerservicesnow.net affiliated computer services

In August 2000, prior to the incident at issue in this case, Plaintiff’s ex-boyfriend attacked her. Plaintiff was living in New Jersey at the time. Plaintiff’s ex-boyfriend punched Plaintiff in the eye, which resulted in the loss of her eye. Thereafter, Plaintiff received a prosthetic eye. Plaintiff’s ex-boyfriend was convicted and served jail time as a result of the attack. Plaintiff testified that after the attack and loss of her eye, she became very depressed and frustrated, and felt ugly and ashamed due to her eye injury. She also received psychiatric care, and was diagnosed with PTSD. Plaintiff met with a psychiatrist, was placed on medications, and was taken out of work. Plaintiff received social security disability benefits.

In August 2005, Plaintiff’s ex-boyfriend was released from prison. Plaintiff saw her ex-boyfriend after his release, and decided to relocate for her safety and peace of mind. Through a grant from an organization called “Victims of Crime,” Plaintiff was able to relocate to Raleigh, North Carolina in October 2005. In March 2006, Plaintiff began working as a cashier for Food Lion. Plaintiff testified that her job with Food Lion “was scary at first because . . . [she] felt . . . someone was going to say something to [her] about [her] eye[.]” Plaintiff wore her hair pulled over her injured eye and always wore transitional glasses. Before getting a job at Food Lion, she always wore sunglasses in public.



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