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The fashion police have decreed it's okay for us all to rock again, apparently, so what better time to celebrate the career of one of the greatest rock bands that ever stalked a stage?
From their formation in Dublin in the late 60s up until their dissolution in September 1983, Thin Lizzy released some of the finest rock albums of their era. Not only that, but they managed the rare feat of being a credible rock band who released great singles.And in Phil Lynott they had possibly the coolest frontman ever to squeeze into leather trousers.
Their early three piece line-up featuring guitarist Eric Bell scored some success with their version of Irish folk standard ''Whiskey in the Jar'', but Lizzy's most enduring line-up came after Bell was replaced by the twin guitar attack of Brian Robertson and Scott Gorham. Their first album together, 1974's Nightlife, suffered from weak production but included one of Lynott's most affecting songs, the ballad ''Still in Love With You'' as well as the playfully melodic ''She Knows''.
Over the course of the following four years they released five more albums, including the double Live And Dangerous, possibly the greatest live album ever made. Throughout, Lynott mixed an aura of swaggering machismo with a sense of romantic vulnerability. This was amply demonstrated on ''The Boys Are Back In Town'', the song which finally broke them into the mainstream in 1976. Elsewhere, ''Dancing In The Moonlight'' recalls Van Morrison without the spiritual baggage, while the pile driving ''Bad Reputation'' showcases Lizzy's most under-rated asset, Brian Downey's astonishing drumming.
Robertson was replaced by Gary Moore for 1979's Black Rose, which yielded yet more hit singles, including the sharp ''Waiting For An Alibi''. The astonishing title track found Lynott passionately exploring his Irish musical and literary heritage while Gorham and Moore pulled off a guitar tour de force.
However, Lizzy were becoming mired in both financial and drug problems, compounded by Lynott's confusion over the band's direction. He recorded solo records, with variable results, although the fine Elvis tribute, ''King's Call'', ranks among his best songs from this period. Both Chinatown (1980) and Renegade (1981) had their moments, but the writing was on the wall. Lizzy's final album, Thunder and Lightning (1982), featuring new guitarist John Sykes, showcased a heavier sound, and both the title track and ''Cold Sweat'' proved that they could still hit the target. However, it wasn't enough, and the band split the following year.
Sadly, Lynott's post-Lizzy career never really got off the ground. A 1985 duet with Gary Moore on ''Out in the Fields'' returned him to the upper reaches of the charts, but his health was failing. His death, on January 4th, 1986, robbed music of one of its greatest talents and finest characters.
For the moment, though, this will serve as a fine introduction to Lizzy's legacy for initiates, and a useful resume for fans. --Mick Fitzsimmons
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Top Customer Reviews
my only quibble is that perhaps this shouldve been called 'the very best of' or something like that. In that case southbound and massacre couldve been added too, as well as the rest of the black rose album. The packaging is great also, as well as the music, and the story of lizzy is presented inside along with some great photos of the band etc, in fact the whole package is amazing.
For a new listener to thin lizzy, this album is something which is essential and which is enduring - most serious rock collections i believe should have this amongst them. Also, at such a cheap price here this would make an important addition to any collection and i honestly believe that you will enjoy this, trust me and buy it.
This 2 CD set is the best collection I've seen of their songs and I still play it constantly. I never ever get tired of the Lizzy and feel that they never received the recognition they so clearly merited. If you're unfamiliar with Thin Lizzy but just want some power driven, melodic rock, buy this and you'll appreciate the genius of the band. Their best known track is "The Boys are Back in Town" but there is far more to them than that. At last a collection that does justice to the wonder of Lizzy and, if you're not familiar with the band but love hard rock, this is for you.
I spend much of my time browsing favourite songs and albums. I've used a shorter version of this album in my radio days. This one has all those tracks I used to play, and more. There are 34 moments of musical magic which erupts from the very first song here, and carries on right throughout the album. Man, you'll never guess what's playing now. Goosebumps are sprouting! Dancing In The Moonlight is another old favourite.
This is definitely one album not to be missed.
From the initial "Whiskey in the Jar", through "Dancing in the Moonlight" / "Boys are Back in Town" etc etc, the group produced a solid string of hits with a strong baseline signature.
During those times the "Alive & Dangerous" album was the one to own and, in truth, they were probably one of those groups that excelled best on a live stage.
Sadly I never got to see them.
Phil Lynott had a troubled personal life (apart from Leslie Crowther being his Father In Law!) and there was always a sense of inevitability about his future.
This is an excellent compilation (& history) of a group with quite a few songs that I never tire of and still sing along to. They still sound as fresh (& relevant)today as ever which is testament to the quality of the songwriting & execution. The remastering of the tracks improves them further.
They were what they were - an honest band and what you saw & heard is what you got - quality and boundless energy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Heard Whisky in the jar on Steve Wright in the afternoon the other day had forgotten how good Thin Lizzy were and thought must get a CD, saw them in Leeds in the late 70s they were... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dave Morton
If you are considering buying a hits compilation by Thin Lizzy, then this is the one to get. All of the hits they had in the UK are present, as well as some of the solo material by... Read morePublished 2 months ago by James; D
Awesome, reliving my teenage years with nostalgic, great music. Love Phil Lynott smooth vocalsPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I recommend this compilation to any one who remembers TL. It also has som Phil Lynott singlesPublished 3 months ago by A. Arundel