is the fifth studio album by Irish rock band Thin Lizzy, released in 1975. After spending four albums trying to find their niche, Thin Lizzy finally forged an identifiable sound featuring the twin guitars of Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson. This sound draws from hard rock, folk, pop, and rhythm and blues. It set the stage for the big commercial breakthrough of the follow-up album, Jailbreak
It's hard not to interpret the "fighting my way back" chorus of the title track on Thin Lizzy's fifth album as the band's way of bouncing back from the uncommonly subdued Night Life
. If that record was smooth and relaxed, Fighting
is a tense, coiled, vicious rock & roll album, as hard as Vagabonds
' toughest moments but more accomplished, the sound of a band truly coming into its own. There are two key forces at work. First, there's the integration of guitarists Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson, who get to unleash furious playing on every track here. It's hard not to thrill at their harmonizing twin-lead interplay, That's especially true because of the other development here: the full flourishing of Phil Lynott as a rock & roll poet. Whether he's writing hard-charging rockers like "Wild One," and "For Those Who Love to Live" or combining both on "Freedom Song," his songs manage to be both mythic and commonplace, and when delivered by the vital, visceral lineup he has here, they're invigorating. this is a testament to the strength of this incarnation of Thin Lizzy, who truly begin their classic era with this dynamic LP.
This deluxe verion of the album contains an expanded booklet with words by Malcolm Dome and contains new interviews with Scott Gorham and Brian Downey. The bonus CD contains many rare and unrelased tracks available for the first time.