seventh album catches him in sparking form. He had released the hugely
successful 'Irish Tour' album a year earlier, recorded with the
great Albert King at the Montreuxm Music Festival and had just negotiated
a new deal with Chrysalis Records. Rory was now established as a major
solo artist and was producing some of the best live and studio performances
of his career. 'Against The Grain' perfectly captures the enthusiasm
and emotion of the time.
Around Man" was written by Bo Carter, one of the original members of the
Mississippi Sheiks, a band Rory greatly admired and pays tribute to on
Finish'. This inspired cover version features a great Lou Martin solo.
the sky with tears in my eyes, I feel lonely
flying by, but I start to smile, it's not easy"
demise of Taste is described in "At The Bottom". It had been nearly five
years since the split, but it is clear in the lyrics that Rory was only
just coming to terms with that time in his life.