10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 10 April 2007
This is the Album was the high before the fall. Fire Ball Bad Boy Brian Robertson having been replaced by Maestro Moore who's power and style re-ignited the Lizzy sound to make this Lizzy's most successful and best Album.After all this the band then fragmentend when Moore quit the band by going AWOL part way through the subsequent American tour owing to Lynott and Gorhams drug addictions/partying seriously affecting the quality of the live shows.
Do Anything you Want too, Waiting for an Alibi, Got to Give it Up, With Love, Black Rose are the Bands Killer tracks which to this day sound as good as ever. The quality of harmonies and interwoven sound twin guitar pioneered by Robertson and Gorham is raised again on this Album as clearly Gorham had to raise his game to compete with GM and the result is sensational.
'Sarah' is PL dedication to his first Daughter with a heart felt Ballad.
S&M is a funky-jazz song with experimentation in sound on drums and Guitars which nestles well amongst the stronger songs and Toughest Street in Town and Get Outta Here are heavy riff based songs which again fit well.
What is disappointing about this Album to me is that it so strong and yet Lizzy's decline thereafter was rapid with only a handful of songs with same musical and lyrical spark delivered across the rest of the 3 studio Albums.
Moore used this as his Launch pad to better things and Lizzy used this as their swan song as only on rare occassions did the band spark to this level beyond Black Rose with PL thereafter loosing his way and swaying into different genres unsuccessfully.I like so many bought all these later Albums always in hope of a return to form which other than the odd songs unfortunately never came.
Lynotts addiction potrayed so graphically in 'got to give it up' like so many Lizzy songs now seems so poignant
Remember - 'And in my youth I'm getting old, I'm waking up and it's wearing off - Junk don't get you far!!". A sad lesson to all would be /will be rock stars.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 14 September 2001
Black Rose has got to be Lizzy's best album. Gary Moore had just replaced 'Robbo' Robertson on lead guitar and I think his presence instils a more metallic edge in their music than in previous recordings. 'Do Anything You Want To' is the anthemic opening track with that memorable kettle-drum beat and 'Toughest Street In Town' is as heavy and hard-hitting as it sounds. Lizzy's other hit single 'Waiting For An Alibi' is another classic rocker and 'S&M' is a funk-laden satirical piece on you know what. After the mild ballad 'Sarah', Lizzy crank it up again with the anti-drugs 'Got To Give It Up', the punkish 'Get Out Of Here', the soft rockish, but nevertheless smooth 'With Love' and finally, the multi-layered title track which was probably influenced by Led Zep's Stairway to Heaven, to an extent. This was Lizzy's highest placed album, peaking at #2 in the UK charts back in early '79 and after this, things would never be the same again. Imagine if Gary Moore hadn't have left...
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 1 August 2011
As with my other reviews of these deluxe editions we will concentrate on the sound,packaging and extras rather than the actual cd itself.This long awaited version has the best sound so far of all the deluxe new versions.Gary Moore sounds absolutely fantastic,his guitar cutting through the mix like an axe (pun intended).This was Lizzy's most successful studio album ,getting to number two in the UK charts and spawning the hit single "Waiting for an alibi".The new mix ,by Andy Pearce has given the cd much more depth and a warmness that leaves my old vinyl gathering dust on the shelf.The new booklet essay by Paul Elliott doesn't really shed any new ground but for the casual fan will be informative enough.Same with the photos,more live shots would've been better than the same tired old promo shots.The extras once more are the real reason for buying this reissue,and the Nassau session tracks are worth the money alone,never mind all the b sides.The jewel in the crown of the release is "Don't believe a word" .This is the much bootlegged slow version and along with "Got to give it up" is one of the bands best ever tracks.All in all,if you can only have one Thin Lizzy cd then this is the one to get.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 2012
Want some upbeat good old hard rock that still stands up as a fun hard rocking listen? Then you definitely want to take a trip back in time and bathe in the glory of this amazingly uplifting album.
`Sarah' is an incredibly laid back bass heavy track, absolutely drenched in pop sensibilities; it must have broken some charts back when it was released. These types of songs are perfectly contrasted with the guitar heavy `Do Anything You Want To' and `Got to Give it Up' which are two of the best tracks on the album.
Philip Lynott has remarkable vocal skills, fitting tracks perfectly whether they are more groovy pop songs or the more straight ahead hard rock. Whatever the style; when needed his voice can soar.
The perfect track for anyone new to Thin Lizzy or wishing to check out the album before buying it is the amazing closing track `Roisin Dubh (Black Rose) A Rock Legend' which combines everything that is good about Thin Lizzy.
I don't drive but I imagine that this album is what people mean by driving music. Sometimes listening to this I am transported to some infinitely long (and massively wide) American road in an open top huge car kind of like the one in the Red Hot Chilli Peppers video for `Scar Tissue'. It's an album packed full of melody which even today manages to sound quite firm and sort of heavy in a vague sort of way anyway, Still a must buy, that is sure to pick up anybody who suffers from SAD thanks to its links to dopamine production (probably).
Do Anything You Want to
Toughest Street in Town
S & M
Waiting For an Alibi
Got to Give it Up
Get Out of Here
Roisin Dubh (Black Rose) A Rock Legend
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2012
I find that I don't normally agree with the general consensus regarding a band's greatest work, but in the case of Thin Lizzy's Black Rose I have to agree with the masses - this is their best album.
Coming at the tail end of their peak period, which started with the underrated Fighting, Black Rose is the last truly great Thin Lizzy album, before the band began it's gradual, but notable, decline. The recruitment of Gary Moore on lead guitar palpably breathes new life into the band, and his effect on their material is obvious. His love for his Irish roots (and for writing songs about them) is clear and as a result many of the tracks have a distinct Celtic flavour, particularly the finale piece Róisín Dubh. The relationship between Phil Lynott and Gary Moore was always volatile (causing the latter to join and then quit the band on three separate occasions) but it is clear that musically the two made a brilliant team.
After the mess that was made of the prvious three Thin Lizzy deluxe remasters, with incorrect tracklistings and false claims that the audio mixes used were new, Thin Lizzy have finally been given the treatment they deserve with Black Rose. The studio album has never sounded better, and the bonus second disc contains many unreleased and/or hard to find songs, including Thin Lizzy's recording of Don't Believe A Word in its slower form, as originally penned by Lynott. A comprehensive booklet with extensive notes on the recording period is also a great addition, and I admit I usually don't even look at that sort of thing, but found the insight very interesting (and quite candid).
In summary, this is Lizzy's finest hour. If you only buy one Thin Lizzy album, make it A Rock Legend.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2011
After the somewhat disappointing releases of Jailbreak, Johnny the Fox, and Live and Dangerous, I approached this with a bit of hesitation, but I just couldn't resist. It is Thin Lizzy after all. In case you're wondering, all of those deluxe editions did not feature the newly remastered material, but the 1996 remaster. Blame Scott Gorham on that one. Disc 1 features the remastered original Black Rose LP, and it sounds fantastic. Very nice and dynamic, and you can hear a bit more of subtleties that were more or less buried in the original mix. Fine remaster. Disc 2 has an abundance of great material, including an unreleased track entitled Rock Your Love, which has been out on the net for quite some time, but this one is vastly superior as it's cleaned up significantly, sessions from 1978 in Nassau including an unreleased track entitled Cold Black Night plus more, and a different version of Toughest Street In Town. It features different lyrics and an overall different sound. The only real disappointment is in the packaging. We don't get the cool little box to store the digipack into anymore. It just comes with a little plastic banner that you have to cut through to get to your CD's that says Deluxe Edition on the front. Come on Universal stop being so damn cheap! Be careful peeling it off or you could damage that artwork. Better yet just leave it on as it looks cool. Apart from that, it's a fantastic edition, and highly recommended as well as Chinatown. Track-listing down below.
1. Do Anything You Want To Do
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. A Roisin Dubh (Black Rose) A Rock Legend
1. Just The Two Of Us (Do Anything You Want To B - Side)
2. A Night In The Life Of A Blues Singer (longer version)
3. Rock Your Love (unreleased)
4. Don't Believe A Word (slow version)
5. Toughest Street In Town (different version)
1978 Nassau Session
6. S & M
7. Got To Give It Up
8. Cold Black Night (unreleased)
9. With Love
10. Black Rose
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2012
Indisputable fact: Black Rose has always been a grossley under-rated album.
And yes, even if the four part title track itself was a mash-up of all the great stuff that previous celt-rock tour support band Horslips ( buy their greatest hits and marvel, ye doubters ) had ever done :-), it ranks along with the album's Waiting For An Alibi as some of the best work that Lizzy ever produced.
The extra tracks included on this DeLuxe edition are of varying interest, but they do put the development of the album into context, which for anoraks like myself is always a good thing. BUY THIS ALBUM ! - EVEN WITHOUT THE BONUS TRACKS IT IS ESENTIAL LISTENING FOR ALL ( CLASSIC ) ROCK FANS, LET ALONE LIZZY FANS NEW AND OLD !!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 14 May 2001
This has to be one of the finest rock albums of all time, it has everything in there, from the pop sounding hit single Sarah, to the mammoth track Black Rose. It's no surprise that this lp gave Thin Lizzy the most hit singles from one album, the other two being the classic Waiting for an alibi, and the thunderous Do anything you want to, my favourite song on the album has to be With Love, which also has hit single written all over it, but saddly wasen't released as a single. It's important to remember that this album had a lot to live up to being the follow up to the hugely successful Live And Dangerous album, which was only kept off the number one spot due to the release of the Grease sound track. Overall Black Rose is arguably the best studio album from Thin Lizzy ever.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 19 October 2001
With the return of Gary Moore into the fold to replace Brian Robertson came, in my opinion, the best Lizzy studio album. Just listen to the song from which the album is named and you'll hear how Lizzy brilliantly mould twin-guitar rock with the folk music of their homeland. How this song never became a hit, I don't know. This album, though produced many hit records like Waiting For An Alibi, Sarah, Do Anything You Want To etc. Just look at the Wild One album (Greatest Hits) and you'll see that Black Rose contributes more songs to it than any other Thin Lizzy album. Need any more convincing? Go get it, now!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 2005
When most people talk about how great Gary Moores playing is and fare enough he's great however for me the ultimate Lizzy guitarist is Scott Gorham, as always his playing as well as moores is excellent especially on waiting for an albi and Black Rose (a Folk Rock classic). However one of my Favourite tracks on this album is much underated 'Got to give it up' Phil Lynott's mournful tale of drug abuse (at this point in his career Phil was using alot of drugs). However it was yet to have a major negative influence on the bands music. And as always the criminally underated Brian Downey plays as always masterfully.