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Vagabonds Of The Western World

Thin Lizzy Vinyl
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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: London
  • ASIN: B000LZUM34
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
To my knowledge this troubled 'DELUXE EDITION' (Decca 984 194-9) has had no less than 7 release dates - May, July and November of 2007 were first cited, then January, February and April of 2008 - and now it finally arrives Monday 18 October 2010 without the tiniest bit of fanfare. It has a 2007 Copyright date on the rear so it's effectively been delayed three and a half years. But has it been worth the wait - yes absolutely. But to the considerable details first...

DISC 1 - Decca 984 195-0 (77:52 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 8 are their 3rd album "Vagabonds Of The Western World" released 21 September 1973 in the UK on Decca SKL 5170.
(It was released as London XPS 636 in the USA, but contained a very-slightly edited version of "Little Girl In Bloom"; it's the full UK version that is used here)

Tracks 9 and 10 are their 2nd UK 7" single from May 1973, "Randolph's Tango" and "Broken Dreams". Both tracks on Decca F 13402 were non-album at the time.
(Note: the version of "Randolph's Tango" that is used here is known as the 'Full Version' at 3:49 minutes - the promo-only 7" edit at 2:25 minutes is Track 17)

Tracks 11 and 12 are their 3rd UK 7" single and the first to feature a track off the album. "The Rocker" was issued as a 7" single in the UK in November 1973 on Decca F 13467 and is an edited version (2:41 as opposed to the album's 5:12 minutes). It was backed with another non-album Phil Lynott track, the jaunty "Here I Go Again".

Track 13, "Cruising In The Lizzymobile" is non-album also. It's correct title is "A Ride In The Lizzy Mobile" and is a genuine Thin Lizzy vinyl rarity as it was only ever issued on the B-side of the 7" GERMAN release of "The Rocker". Its CD debut first came on the "Vagabonds Kings Warriors Angels " 4CD box set in 2001.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great memories of a great band 24 Oct 2010
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My personal favourite of all the Lizzy recordings successfully blends Phil's early foray into folk myth and lyricism with Eric Bell's stinging stratocaster, Brian Downey's superb drumming (he's vastly under-rated) and of course Phil's playboy gypsy swagger and wonderful Rickenbacker tone and inventiveness. Their early promise was fulfilled on 'Vagabonds' before they went off in a new direction to mega stardom.

Although you can't help loving everything the great Phil Lynott did, I feel Thin Lizzy lost an essential element of their sound and appeal when they adopted the twin guitar line-up that took them to a wider audience. Perhaps Lynott couldn't afford to be so indulgent again, once he found the formula he stuck to it, and you can't argue with that. I suspect too that he could exert more control over the band once Eric Bell left as although he was and is a fabulous and inspired player you always get the sense with Eric that he needed reining in. When he keeps his playing tight and concise, as he mostly does on this album, he is a beautifully gifted player with a touch and feel like Clapton's, and his contribution to the success of this record is as great as Lynott's.

Of the tracks on the original album perhaps the opening Mama Nature Said sounds the most dated and it was always perhaps the weakest inclusion, but it's held up by what comes after. I always loved The Hero and the Madman, and although Tolkienesque wizardry and quest legend usually leave me cold the inventive telling, playing and structure of the track really shines. There is some lovely bass playing and drumming and the outro solo by Eric is breathtaking in it's attack and lyricism, perfectly complimenting and rounding out Lynott's wholly original composition.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only a semi sign of things to come 8 Sep 2006
By MJ Lowe
Format:Audio CD
It would be wrong to call this album a departure from the traditional Thin Lizzy sound as it preceeds most of their major hits but "The Rocker" apart it's not the same sound. It's more Bluesey and less cocky and of course they were a three piece at the time. That's not to say it doesn't work. Far from it. It's an excellent listen from start to finish and a worthy effort for a band so early into a career who were under pressure to come up a with album they could shift. At this period Lizzy were struggling to pay the bills but rather than rush an album out like they did with "Shades of a Blue Orphanage" they took their time over this one and it shows. It has a lovely mix of songs and on the two ballads ("Slow Blues" and the stunning "Little Girl In Bloom") you can see where future anthems like "Dancing In The Moonlight" were first concieved. There's Plenty of decent rock-outs as well notably "Mama Nature Said" (was this the first rock band writing about the environment?), "The Rocker" and "The Hero and The Madman". The albums title track has an amazing mix of rock and the band's Irish roots (dare you to listen and not fancy a pint of the black stuff halfway through!!) which is truly inventive.

In summary it's a top bit of work with a mixed pace of sounds that plays well all the way through. Lizzy fans will love it and people that have heard of them probably will too.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Lizzy -and a classic. 14 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
From the start of this Album to the last bar excellent, no fillers -all is inspired. Eric Bell, Brian Downey and Mr Lynott Excel and is an example of The Early Thin Lizzy period, have seen some people write on here that they enjoy only early or late Lizzy but to me the songwrting and the sheer artistry is present in all that greets yoru grateful ears and years of abuse of those organs has not dampened my enthusiasm, Bad Reputation was one of the first albums I ever bought and my collection is just about complete, I wore my 'Bad Reputation' LP out thank goodness for CD's!!! this is certainly one of my favorite Albums, The Hero is mystical, Little girl in bloom -interesting and clever and the outro guitar solo superb, Broken dream, WOW! through my life I have come back to Lynott many times and found renewed interest and undertstanding for his beliefs values and lyrics and I still find pleasure in the skill of the musicians involved, Fav album?? perhaps Nightlife? or maybe Bad Rep, Or Black Rose? or Jailbreak? or.......... got to go and play one now!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favourite bands of all time - great to have these back in my collection!
Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars creeps up on yer.....
Leaving Folk rock behind Lizzy produced a harder edged record with Vagabounds and it pays dividends. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gary Locke
4.0 out of 5 stars good early Lizzy
Had heard some of the songs off this before but it showed the peak of the Eric bell era Thin Lizzy for me. Excellent guitar work mixed with an elemenet of celtic legend.
Published 20 months ago by S. Fox
4.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Farewell to Eric
Thin Lizzy's third album, and the final one for Eric Bell who decided he'd had enough on the road at the end of 1973, and quit the band. Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2011 by Dash Riprock
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow Blues
It was the BBC Golders Green concert that I first heard live and turned me on to Thin Lizzy. A love affair that still lasts. Read more
Published on 26 July 2011 by Mr. Graham Hort
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best of their early recordings
'Vagabonds of the Western World' represents the most consistently satisfying of the pre-twin guitar Thin Lizzy line-up. Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2011 by Og Oggilby
4.0 out of 5 stars Great bonus material but not a sonic upgrade of the main album
I'll start with the - from my point of view - somewhat negative aspects of this release: The sound quality of the original album is not improved compared to the old Decca/Deram... Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2011 by R. Stauber
5.0 out of 5 stars must have
probably the most over looked of the lizzy catalog.side one of the original record is classic ! the remaster sounds excellent. Read more
Published on 6 Dec 2010 by Michael Sherriffs
5.0 out of 5 stars an album of progress from folk to rock gets a facelift
this album was the start of Thin Lizzy shedding its pre folky funk roots for a more harder leaner rock direction with Phil Lynott soon to be ringing the changes shedding Eric Bell... Read more
Published on 28 Feb 2008 by spike
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic early Lizzy
this their 3rd and most powerful yet. the last of the lizzy trio. the foundations on what the group were built on, whiskey in the jar riding high in the charts although not on this... Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2006 by G. G. Saunders
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