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5.0 out of 5 stars Thin Lizzy at their most inventive., 31 Jan 2001
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This review is from: Thin Lizzy (Audio CD)
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.
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Initial post: 19 Aug 2012 17:01:10 BDT
Yeah, Thin Lizzy always had great players but Eric Bell definitely deserves much more recognition.He is easily the most experimental guitarist that Lizzy ever had and I can hear his influence in other famous players of more recent times .Eric's solo on 'The Rocker' from the 'Vagabonds of the Western World' album seems to have been inspirational to Alex Lifeson when we listen to the intro to 'Spirit of the Radio ' !
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