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5.0 out of 5 stars Thin Lizzy 2011 - Chinatown Deluxe Edition Review, 4 Mar. 2012
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Thin Lizzy - Chinatown 2011 Deluxe Edition.

Here we have another remaster of this classic rock album. This release saw a new lead guitarist to accompany Scott Gorham (Snowy White). For me it continues where Black Rose left off but moves slightly towards the heavier sound that we heard on Thunder & Lightning (my favourite Thin Lizzy release).

The album kicks off with We Will Be Strong which is a typical Lizzy utempo rocker with a lot of melody and emotion conveyed through Phil's voice. We move onto Chinatown which is a driving rock song and sets the tone for the majority of the album. Sweetheart is a melodic rocker, sugar blues is a frantic rocker with a hint of the blues and some soaring guitars. We then move onto Killer On The Loose another driving rock song before we drop a gear and see the fun side of Lynott & Co with the song Having A Good Time. The pace picks up again and we move onto Genocide, which is another typical Lizzy rocker. We then see the first and only ballad in Didn't I where Lynott tugs at the heart strings as only he can, it's a great song but it's not a typical Thin Lizzy ballad, for me I hear influences from Lynott's Solo In Soho album on this one. The closing track picks up the Thin Lizzy reins again and is a good rocker with some more bluesy hints.

Disc 2 for me is a real bonus it includes 15 tracks predominantly live and soundcheck versions, it includes Dont Play Around which was the B Side to Killer On The Loose (back in the day of 7" Vinyl, yes I'm that old !). For me as always Thin Lizzy were better live than in the studio. We have live versions of Sugar Blues, Whisky In The Jar (featuring Midge Ure of Ultravox fame on guitar !), Are You Ready, Chinatown, Got To Give It Up, Dear Miss Lonely Hearts and Killer On The Loose (the latter 3 songs are real highlights), the live tracks include some good audience banter between the crowd and Lynott. The soundcheck versions of Chinatown, Don't Play Around, Sweetheart, Didn't I and Hey You are noticably different to the studio versions and for me are better than the studio version.

I own the 1993 Metal Blade Remaster, the 1996 UK Remaster and now this one. For me I can't hear any difference between this and the Metal Blade issue, although both are better IMO than the 1996 UK version. The 2nd disc is a highlight for any Thin Lizzy fan and the sound is excellent.

A thoroughly enjoyable version of this classic album. Recommended.
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Initial post: 14 Sep 2015 18:55:55 BDT
Do you happen to know if the live versions of 'Are You Ready' & 'Dear Miss Lonely Hearts' are the same as the ones on the 'Killers Live' EP. Can't find these on CD anywhere & not had a turntable for over 20 years.
Cheers,

Lionel.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Sep 2015 19:17:20 BDT
Yes they are the same version - recorded at the RDS Hall in 1980. Hope this helps, Allan
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