When Thin Lizzy decamped to Canada to unwind from a year of incident and illness, the result was Bad Reputation
, which sounds, if not exactly laid-back, then at least damn smooth: Phil Lynott is confident enough to loosen Lizzy's atomic boogie and open his writing to jazz and folk influences, while the band are (despite their shifting membership at the time) tighter than ever, playing with a new delicacy, less force, more thought. Scott Gorham emerges as a genuinely original guitarist, Tony Visconti's production sharpens the edges of their sound, and in the title track, "Southbound" and "Dancing In The Moonlight", Lizzy are at their handsome, deep-blue best. --Taylor Parkes
Digitally remasterd blazing album from 1978 produced by Tony Visconti.