Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Taste - s/t 1969 / "On The Boards" - 1970

Formed in Cork, Ireland in August of 1966 as a trio consisting of Rory Gallagher on guitars and vocals, Eric Kitteringham on bass, and Norman Damery on drums. In their early years, Taste began  touring Hamburg and Ireland before becoming regulars at Maritime Hotel in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In 1968, Taste began performing in the U.K. where the original lineup split up. The new lineup formed with Richard McCraken on bass, and John Wilson on drums. The new Taste permanently moved to London and signed with Polydor Records. In 1968, the band, along with Yes, opened for Cream at it's farewell concerts. In '69 they began touring with Blind Faith across America and Canada. In 1969 the band released their first of two albums (this one) and the second ("On the Boards") in 1971. After playing with The Who and Hendrix at the Isle of White Festival, Gallagher disbanded the group to pursue a solo career.
Some years after the bands breakup, recordings of the original lineup surfaced.
A musical homage to Taste and Gallagher was by Black 47 entitled "Rory"

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