Thin Lizzy Rock Legends
What does it sound like?
Listening to this comprehensive box set (six CDs and a DVD(which I didn’t have a copy to review)) I’m reminded that Like Fleetwood Mac there are two Thin Lizzy’s. The original bluesy three-piece with Eric Bell and the powerhouse Thin Lizzy with two dueling guitars which compares to Fleetwood Mac with Peter Green and then morphing into the Nicks/Buckingham mainstream version.
CD one is the singles in 7” versions – the greatest hits pretty much. Jailbreak has a weird edit at about 2.46 where it sounds like the tape broke and was stuck together! Apart from this, the singles sound great.
CD two is the Decca rarities. It starts with ‘The Farmer’ the debut single. It reminds me of ‘The Band’. This was backed by ‘I need you’ the 7” debut b-side which sounds like Van/Georgie Fame jam. ‘Little girl in bloom (US single promo)’ – It’s a great track although it still sounds like a demo even though it was released as a USA promo. Also, there are ten tracks on here all from RTE Radio sessions in 73/74 which showpiece Eric Bells contribution.
CD3 is ‘Mercury rarities’ this is made up of demos. Track one on this CD is ‘Rock And Roll With You (instrumental Demo)’ which is frankly dross. Why it’s on here I have no idea – I doubt if even the most enthusiastic Lizzy Fan will play this track more than once! The various demos which spill over on to CD4 & CD5 will interest Lizzy fans. The quality of the Jailbreak demos is really good and they are not that far off the final versions in many cases. It’s like listening to alternative takes rather than demo’s as such.
CD6 is ‘Live at Hammersmith Odeon 1980’ which Is the Black Rose tour with Snowy White.
If you’re a fan then you will enjoy ploughing your way through this comprehensive box set. I understand that the additional items in the box set are very good too including artwork by Jim Fitzpatrick and a replica of a tour programme and.
What does it all mean?
Thin Lizzy were a fantastic rock band, great live, and had a fine knack of turning up on top Of The Pops on a Thursday night too.
Goes well with –
Whatever your favourite poison is really.
Release date – October 2020
Might suit people who like –
Good looking females and tall speaker stacks