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Long before "Jailbreak" there was....,
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This review is from: Thin Lizzy [Remastered & Expanded] (Audio CD)
....this fascinating stuff. Actually I've always rated Eric Bell's guitar play, so I knew I was going to end up liking this come what may. Like many others I was brought up on the Gorham/Robertson twin guitar assault, but Bell has always intrigued me since I heard "Whiskey in the Jar" and THAT solo, so I belatedly got around to ordering my copy. I approached with an open mind - I didn't expect Lizzy's later output but my expectations were still pleasantly exceeded. This is generally a more acoustic & intimate sound, with some great vocals from Phil Lynott. There's little of the heavier Lizzy sound of the late '70s - mostly a more restrained & folky feel, with some impressive & powerful guitar playing.
While to a consistent standard throughout, the opening couple of tracks set the mood, with "Honesty Is No Excuse" displaying what an emotive & much missed vocalist Phil Lynott is. Other highlights for me include "Look What the Wind Blew In"...Clifton Grange Hotel"..."Saga of the Ageing Orphan" and "Things Ain't Working Out Down at the Farm" but I couldn't detect a weak track here. So if like me your fave Lizzy album just happens to be "Jailbreak" then put aside any preconceptions you may have & listen with an open mind (and ears).... I've only listened to it twice - first time I thought it was "OK"...second time I thought "I like it"...so here's a pre-emptive 5 stars for the third listen!... So if it doesn't 'click' the first time, for goodness sake don't file it away! - stick with it & it just might come to you. A short review but others say it better.