Artist: Thin Lizzy
set contains a selection of 6 Thin Lizzy albums and I would say this
would be ideal for someone
who is new to the band, and a must for diehard
fans. With the recent, and in my opinion the best reincarnation of Lizzy,
working tirelessly to keep the memory of the legendary Phil Lynott and
his music with Thin Lizzy alive, they are again at the forefront of the
Rock music scene, (there may be new offerings in the pipeline),
but for the time being sit back and relax, as
you delve back into
the history and of this great band, from 'Night Life'
to 'Black Rose'.
Life' (1974) is one of
the softer albums by Lizzy, but I guess they were still really finding
their sound and it’s a kind of experimental album. It includes a fair few
ballads, including the heart wrenching bluesy classic 'Still In Love
With You', then there’s the hard hitting and moving 'Frankie Carroll',
intermixed with happier more upbeat songs like album opener 'She
Knows'. This was the seventies don’t forget, so we get a funkier
number with 'Showdown', where Phil and Co. get all groovy. This
exactly the heaviest of
their albums, but
nevertheless very competent and when the band
were starting to showcase their talents and fit
into their musical groove and direction.
(from 1975) is more hard
rock with a melodic tinge. ‘Rosalie’ Bob Seger's song and a crowd favourite
the first track and truly
rocks. If you have been lucky enough to have seen this song
performed live, then you will know it is Head-Banging Heaven!. ‘For Those
Who Love to Live’ is dedicated to Irish footballing legend George
Best and on the song, the twin guitars of Robertson and Gorham come to
the fore for the first time,
and would live and stay with Lizzy thankfully as they got heavier and
put more guts into their sound. ‘Suicide’ rocks like a drunken man
on a ledge and you get an awesome guitar solo from Brian Robertson, as
he really lets fly on this track. ‘Wild One’ is a mushy schmaltzy
ballad. ‘Fighting My Way Back’ a hard rock
song that really should be a better known. ‘Freedom Song’ is a story about
someone being hung and shouting freedom, and is quite moving.
‘Ballad of a Hard Man’ is hard rock with a little bit of funk into
the bargain as well.
now we are talking. A
classic Thin Lizzy album released in 1976, the year of the heat wave and
Thin Lizzy sure turned up the temperature with this classic. It made
people sit up and take notice. The album has so many great tracks such
as the opener ‘Jailbreak’,
which is gritty and raw. 'Running Back' has a bluesy folky feel to
it. Then there’s the brilliant and so well known 'The Boys Are
Back in Town', there’s been many versions of this song but Lynott
has to be one of the best. 'Warriors' has dual guitars and ‘Cowboy
Song’ always goes down a treat live. Final song 'Emerald' is a
classic rocker if ever there was one. This album is full of rock, blues,
awesome guitar solos and really kicks ass!
the Fox' is an album I have never really gotten to grips with.
are some great songs on here, but they are in no way as good as 'Jailbreak'.
'Johnny' is a tale of a man gone bad and on the run. It has a dead catchy chorus
... " Whoa Johnny"
will buzz around in your head for some time. 'Borderline' is a
really nice, but a very sad and moving ballad. 'Don’t Believe a
Word' is a personal favourite Lizzy track and I just love the lyrics
and the richness in Lynott's voice on this one. 'Johnny the Fox Meets
Jimmy the Weed' is funky number and they mix it up, it is very
enjoyable. 'Massacre' is probably the strongest, most powerful track.
A bit of a disappointment after
the great 'Jailbreak'.
we come to the fantastic 'Bad Reputation', an album that more than
made up for 'Johnny The
Fox', Lizzy are scorching on this and
really go for it. 'Soldier
of Fortune' starts the
album off slowly and is a very meaningful track, then you go into the
classic and rifftastic 'Bad Reputation', which includes a breath
taking solo from Scott Gorham. 'Southbound'
is a fantastic offering with an inspiring, catchy chorus and epic guitarmanship.
Of course the songs a belter, as is the classic
'Dancing In The Moonlight', a totally groovy and
fun tune that hasn’t aged and never will. 'Downtown Sundown' is a
nice ballad, not one of the groups best, but good
nevertheless. Final song 'Dear Lord' is awesome and finishes off a
great album with more great solos and spellbinding vocals from Mr
Lynott. Totally class.
Rose' is the Thin Lizzy album of all time in my opinion. Gary Moore
had come in and replaced Brian Robertson and the album was more beefed
up and metal than their earlier releases. The cover of 'Black Rose' has
been inked onto many an adorning fan of this group and every song on
this album is a winner. 'Do Anything You Want To' is an anthem if
ever there was one. 'Toughest Street In Town' is metal-tastic and 'Waiting For An Alibi' is classic Lizzy, sooo smooth.
'Sarah' is a cute ballad, dedicated to Lynott's daughter and
probably one of their best slower songs. 'Get out of Here!' is a
punk fuelled number and bops along. And then there is the Legendary
'Black Rose', a song
about Ireland and you can hear in his voice the passion and emotion he
felt towards his country what a classic!
about this collection is great and well worth spending your hard earned on.
Review by: Seb Di Gatto
Tracklisting: Johnny The Fox
4. Don't Believe A Word
5. Fools Gold
6. Johnny The Fox Meets Jimmy The Weed
7. Old Flame
10. Boogie Woogie Dance
Tracklisting - Bad Reputation
1. Soldier Of Fortune
2. Bad Reputation
3. Opium Trail
5. Dancing In The Moonlight
6. Killer Without A Cause
7. Downtown Sundown
8. That Woman's Gonna Break Your Heart
9. Dear Lord
Tracklisting - Black Rose
1. Do Anything You Want To
2.Toughest Street In Town
3. S & M
4. Waiting For An Alibi
6. Got To Give It Up
7. Get Out Of Here
8. With Love
9. Black Rose
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