Taste Songs Ranked

Taste is an Irish rock and blues band formed in 1966. They were founded by songwriter and guitarist Rory Gallagher who left the band in 1970. Taste (originally “The Taste”) was formed in Cork, Ireland, in August 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 toured in Hamburg and Ireland before becoming regulars at Maritime Hotel, an R&B club in Belfast, Northern Ireland in the summer of 1967. In 1996, Richard McCracken and John Wilson reformed the band with guitarist/vocalist Sam Davidson taking over Rory Gallagher’s role as frontman, with Albert Mills replacing McCracken in 2010. The band continued in this formation until February 2017, when it was revealed that the band would tour under the name “Little Taste of Rory feat. John Wilson”, and that the line-up now consisted of Wilson, Davidson, and new bassist Alan Niblock. In 2018 John Wilson retired from the band due to ill health but Sam Davidson continues to perform as “Sam Davidson’s TASTE” with Albert Mills back on bass and Lyn McMullan taking over from Wilson on drums. Here are all of the Taste songs ranked.

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8. Same Old Story (Taste, 1969)

“Excellent debut album for a band. Still one of my all time favorites of any album involving Rory Gallagher. The band was tight and Gallagher was brilliant”

7. Railway And Gun (On the Boards, 1970)

“Much like a lot of their predecessors, Taste knew a little about how to utilise the blues sound in the rock genre. The album has a lot of melodies and rhythms similar to a lot of the rock bands going around at the time.”

6. Born On The Wrong Side Of Time (Taste, 1969)

“The lead guitar playing from Gallagher is to a very good standard. Maybe not quite to the quality of his later days, but it is consistent and highly enjoyable. He also whips out some good riffs, that of which is held together by superb rhythm section. A basic bass and drum trio, the playing of which is respectable but nothing amazing.”

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5. Mama (Taste, 1969)

“Taste, is a pretty good album as far as debut albums go. It might be a bit pulverising for younger fans, the psychedelic style really hasn’t aged well and is does not lend itself well to blues rock. “

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4. What’s Going On (On the Boards, 1970)

“I can see why Jimi Hendrix was blown away by these guys at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970. You can hear the many influences and the exceptional talent that is being refined and created by Taste and Rory Gallagher himself.”

3. If The Day Was Any Longer (On the Boards, 1970)

“Even with the growing skills of the band, it is clear as day that Gallagher steals the show here. Not only does he utilise his trademark guitar skills (which sounds great), but he also puts out some harmonica and even a curious saxophone solo. He is clearly a man of many talents and puts them to good use here.”

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2. Eat My Words (On the Boards, 1970)

“The focus of Taste was always upon Gallagher. In addition to playing accomplished and versatile lead guitar, he sang in a gentle but convincing fashion, and wrote the band’s original material. Much of Taste’s repertoire was more restrained and balanced than the territory Gallagher would explore on his ’70s outings, which placed more emphasis upon him as guitar hero. Gallagher also played occasional saxophone and harmonica with the group.”

1. Blister On The Moon (Taste, 1969)

“One of the best blues/rock albums ever made. I would seriously put this up there with anything Clapton, Hendrix, Beck, or Page were doing at that time. Anyone who is a Rory Gallagher fan should own this album, his first in a long, brilliant career.”