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  • Audio CD (4 Jun. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Enhanced
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B000Q36488
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,229 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Boys Are Back In Town
  2. Jailbreak
  3. Don't Believe A Word
  4. Dancing In The Moonlight (It's Caught Me In It's Spotlight)
  5. Rosalie (Cowgirl's Song)
  6. Waiting For An Alibi
  7. Do Anything You Want To
  8. Sarah (Version 3)
  9. Chinatown
  10. Killer On The Loose
  11. Trouble Boys
  12. Hollywood (Down On Your Luck)
  13. Cold Sweat
  14. Thunder And Lightning
  15. The Sun Goes Down
  16. Dedication
  17. Still In Love With You
  18. She Knows
  19. Yellow Pearl - Phil Lynott

Disc: 2

  1. Whiskey In The Jar
  2. Out In The Fields - Gary Moore, Phil Lynott
  3. Parisienne Walkways - Gary Moore, Phil Lynott
  4. Emerald
  5. Bad Reputation
  6. Wild One
  7. Fighting My Way Back
  8. Showdown
  9. Black Rose
  10. Dear Miss Lonely Hearts - Phil Lynott
  11. The Rocker
  12. Are You Ready
  13. Renegade
  14. King's Call - Phil Lynott
  15. Angel Of Death
  16. Cowboy Song
  17. The Boys Are Back In Town

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Greatest Hits

BBC Review

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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This is the compilation which defines the most criminally overlooked rock band in history. One of the greatest songwriters of the late 20th century, backed up by a troop of amazing guitarists, with Gorham, Robertson and Moore blasting out riffs and, more importantly, some of the greatest guitar solos ever throughout each song on this compilation. This band is a monolith of rock music and thankfully this compilation shows this very well.

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.
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I already owned the Wild One : Best Of, which is good, don't get me wrong but this Greatest Hits package has a broader selection of songs from the greatest band to come out of Ireland apart from maybe U2, who were heavily influenced by Lizzy anyway. Notable inclusions on this album which I was pleased about were "Wild One", a gem from the "Fighting" album, Lynott's solo material, "Dear Miss Lonely Hearts", "King's Call" and "Yellow Pearl", which I was mostly unfamiliar with before I bought this album. Another inclusion I was pleased with was "Black Rose", an epic of spiralling Celtic guitar riffery from Moore and Gorham. Songs taken from "Live and Dangerous", Emerald and Rosalie are superb albeit to be picky I would have gone for the studio version of "Emerald" for sheer impact. One song which didn't make it onto this package was "Massacre" which was sadly never a single but was sheer quality, this can be found on the "Johnny The Fox" album as well as a more powerful version on "Live and Dangerous". So if anyone has the slightest interest in Thin Lizzy, buy this album for starters then I would recommend, "Fighting", "Jailbreak", "Johnny The Fox", "Bad Reputation", "Live and Dangerous", "Black Rose" and "Thunder and Lightning". DON'T HESISTATE, BUY IT
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Thin Lizzy are an Irish rock band formed in Dublin in 1969. Two of the founding members, drummer Brian Downey and bass guitarist and vocalist Phil Lynott, met while still in school. Lynott assumed the role of frontman and led them throughout their recording career of twelve studio albums. Thin Lizzy's most successful songs, "Whiskey in the Jar", "Jailbreak" and "The Boys Are Back in Town", were all major international hits which are still played regularly on hard rock and classic rock radio stations. After Lynott's death in 1986, various incarnations of the band have emerged over the years based initially around guitarists Scott Gorham and John Sykes, though Sykes left the band in 2009. Gorham later continued with a new line-up including Downey.
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I was fortunate enough to see Thin Lizzy four times between 1976 and 1981 and they were just amazing in concert, best live act I've seen and I've seen a lot.

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.
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Still icons of rock. Even now you can get the live presence of the 'black Irish rose' by listening to this album. Not all the songs wre hits, but the power of the group in live performance beggars belief. Raw, unadulterated power and fantastic guitar riffs complete a memorable journey back. We will not see their like again. Buy it and see.
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This band had my interest very early on. I just love The Boys Are Back In Town. Every other record listed here also, for me, has the same significance. I don't do concerts these days. I sit here listening to my beloved old songs that I can choose at will to buy on Amazon's fantastic music platform.

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.
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For all of us, there are certain groups or albums that define our teenage years and for me, Thin Lizzy was one of those groups.

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.
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