This is not the sound of the Thin Lizzy who became famous. The powerful but overwhelming and simplistic twin-guitar sound of 'Live and Dangerous' is absent. There is a range of emotions here lost in the mid-late 70s' work. We've got a trio here with the stunning Eric Bell on melodic, jazzy guitar. His measured, unhurried, velvety guitar on 'The Friendly Ranger...' (I'd call it Hawaiian, but I suppose it's some delay effect) is sheer beauty. There is a sweeping exhilaration on 'Honesty is No Excuse' (guest mellotron-player on that track) absent from the later macho-stuff. The guitar riff on 'Look What the Wind Blew In' is to my ears totally original, and the solo simply inspired and oh so fast. 'Clifton Grange Hotel' has a loose, confident funkiness. 'Saga of the Ageing Orphan' is a saddish, reflective ballad. It's a pity that Thin Lizzy became so one-dimensional after this and the second album -- not the received wisdom, I know, but try this and you might agree. (Anyway, you can give it to a guitarist friend who will surely profit from it.) The last four tracks, incidentally, were originally on a four-track E.P., not on the album.