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Classic Lizzy in FIGHTING form!,
This review is from: Fighting (Audio CD)
Coming after Nightlife(1974),Fighting(1975), is the second offering from the Gorham/Robertson line-up.
Although Lizzy's first album to feature the two aforementioned guitarists, Nightlife, had some great moments(including the birth of their own particular twin guitar attack on "It's Only Money"),Fighting proved to be a much more focused and rounded work that holds together brilliantly.
Bob Segar's "Rosalie" kicks the album off in style.This studio version is good and careful listening will reveal the distinctive voice of Family's Roger Chapman on backing vocals."For Those Who Love to Live"is one of several excellent , but lesser known ,Lizzy songs that feature on Fighting.It was a tribute to Phil's personal friend George Best.This song features flange and chorus effects and, in fact, these are more prevalent on Fighting than on most other Thin Lizzy albums." Suicide" is next up and is a superb rocker,featuring classic guitar dualing (Scott uses the WaH Wah),and fine story telling from Phil."Wild One" is next and is one of the quintessential Lizzy songs,combining a romanticised celtic subject matter with the distinctive twin guitar lyricism that represent the group on top form ;Brian Downey also sounds great on this track."Fighting My Way Back" is a lively ,fast paced song with a funk/rock feel;Scott plays a good solo here but I wish that it was louder within the mix."King's Vengeance",written by Gorham/Lynott, starts the second half and is wrongly titled "King's Revenge" on the CD!It is ,however, another vastly under-rated gem.It features a great celtic-rock riff and poetic lyrics..."Spring she comes and Spring she teases... brings Summer winds and Summer breezes...Blows through your hair 'til Autumn leave's us ...When Autumn leaves... oh how Winter freezes!".Another lesser mentioned Lizzy great follows in the form of" Spirit Slips Away".This atmospheric song is one of the most interesting ,experimental recordings from this line-up.It features guitar volume swells which create a haunting sonic over which Phil sings soulfully..."May the angels be watching over you that fateful day when your spirit slips away".Robbo plays a lovely ,bluesy solo on "Spirit'" and he uses a subtle feed-back to great effect on the next song- "Silver Dollar" which he also wrote.The penultimate song on the album is "Freedom Song" and was written by Gorham/Lynott.This song has an Allman Brothers guitar feel and Scott provides a fantastic ,flanged-up,melodic solo;it also finds Phil in story telling mode.The last track is " Ballad of the Hardman" (again wrongly called "Ballad of A Hardman"!).Scott Gorham penned this,the heaviest,track and it sounds like Robbo playing WAH WAH,while Phil tells us "No bad,black,back-scratching pussycat's gonna get her claws on me!".
Slash has stated that without Thin Lizzy there wouldn't have been G'n'Roses and I am sure that the combination of Les Paul/Overdrive/WAH WAH as is demonstrated here on "Ballad of the Hardman" and in future Lizzy songs such as" Warriors" and "Johnny" were influencial and inspiring to him.
Phil Lynott produced Fighting and I believe that he did a pretty good job.After this others would start to deliver a more commercial production but for me Fighting remains a recording of integrity in terms of the songs,the musicianship and some of the strongest lyrics written by Mr Lynott.I have been listening to Fighting for more than three decades and I still rate it as one of the very best.Highly reccomended!!!
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Initial post: 8 Feb 2012 14:11:42 GMT
Fergal Woods says:
Great review - I was in college in Limerick in 1975 and saw one of their first live performances of this material. I couldn't believe what I was hearing and it still sounds as good today !
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Brian Davidson says:
Glad that you liked the review .I saw Lizzy on their farewell tour when they played in the King's Hall in Belfast.I enjoyed the gig enormously but I still wish that I had seen Lizzy in their prime with messers Gorham and Robertson at the helm as you did.'Fighting' is definitely one of Lizzy's finest albums in my opinion and (along with' Vagabonds of the Western World' and their unique debut album)probably their best kept secret !
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