THIN LIZZY

Hard Rock / Heavy Metal • Ireland
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Thin Lizzy are an Irish hard rock band who formed in Dublin, Ireland in 1969. The band were led throughout their recording career by bassist, songwriter and singer Phil Lynott, and are best known for their songs Whiskey In The Jar, Jailbreak and The Boys Are Back In Town, all major international hits still played regularly on hard rock and classic rock radio stations. After Lynott died, various incarnations of the band have emerged over the years culminating in a more stable line-up based around guitarists Scott Gorham and John Sykes. Sykes left the band in June 2009. Thin Lizzy's leader, Lynott was composer or co-composer of almost all their songs. He was also one of the few black men to achieve significant success in hard rock. As well as being multiracial, the band drew its members not only from both sides of the Irish border but also from both read more...
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THIN LIZZY albums / top albums

THIN LIZZY Thin Lizzy album cover 2.94 | 9 ratings
Thin Lizzy
Hard Rock 1971
THIN LIZZY Shades Of A Blue Orphanage album cover 2.79 | 14 ratings
Shades Of A Blue Orphanage
Hard Rock 1972
THIN LIZZY Vagabonds Of The Western World album cover 3.46 | 12 ratings
Vagabonds Of The Western World
Hard Rock 1973
THIN LIZZY Nightlife album cover 3.19 | 16 ratings
Nightlife
Hard Rock 1974
THIN LIZZY Fighting album cover 3.84 | 17 ratings
Fighting
Hard Rock 1975
THIN LIZZY Jailbreak album cover 4.18 | 42 ratings
Jailbreak
Hard Rock 1976
THIN LIZZY Johnny The Fox album cover 3.92 | 21 ratings
Johnny The Fox
Hard Rock 1976
THIN LIZZY Bad Reputation album cover 4.09 | 28 ratings
Bad Reputation
Hard Rock 1977
THIN LIZZY Black Rose: A Rock Legend album cover 4.11 | 23 ratings
Black Rose: A Rock Legend
Hard Rock 1979
THIN LIZZY Chinatown album cover 3.67 | 19 ratings
Chinatown
Hard Rock 1980
THIN LIZZY Renegade album cover 3.21 | 13 ratings
Renegade
Hard Rock 1981
THIN LIZZY Thunder And Lightning album cover 3.45 | 18 ratings
Thunder And Lightning
Heavy Metal 1983

THIN LIZZY EPs & splits

THIN LIZZY New Day album cover 2.25 | 2 ratings
New Day
Hard Rock 1971

THIN LIZZY live albums

THIN LIZZY Live And Dangerous album cover 4.44 | 22 ratings
Live And Dangerous
Hard Rock 1978
THIN LIZZY Life album cover 3.36 | 7 ratings
Life
Hard Rock 1983
THIN LIZZY BBC Radio One Live In Concert album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
BBC Radio One Live In Concert
Hard Rock 1992
THIN LIZZY The Peel Sessions album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
The Peel Sessions
Hard Rock 1994
THIN LIZZY One Night Only album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
One Night Only
Hard Rock 2000
THIN LIZZY UK Tour '75 album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
UK Tour '75
Hard Rock 2008
THIN LIZZY Still Dangerous album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Still Dangerous
Hard Rock 2009
THIN LIZZY At The BBC album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
At The BBC
Hard Rock 2011

THIN LIZZY demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

THIN LIZZY re-issues & compilations

THIN LIZZY Remembering Part 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Remembering Part 1
Hard Rock 1976
THIN LIZZY The Continuing Saga Of Ageing Orphans album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Continuing Saga Of Ageing Orphans
Hard Rock 1979
THIN LIZZY The Adventures Of Thin Lizzy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Adventures Of Thin Lizzy
Hard Rock 1981
THIN LIZZY Rockers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rockers
Hard Rock 1981
THIN LIZZY The Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Collection
Hard Rock 1985
THIN LIZZY Soldier Of Fortune: Best Of Phil Lynott And Thin Lizzy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soldier Of Fortune: Best Of Phil Lynott And Thin Lizzy
Hard Rock 1987
THIN LIZZY Lizzy Lives! (1976-1984) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lizzy Lives! (1976-1984)
Hard Rock 1989
THIN LIZZY Dedication album cover 3.57 | 3 ratings
Dedication
Hard Rock 1991
THIN LIZZY Wild One: The Very Best Of Thin Lizzy album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Wild One: The Very Best Of Thin Lizzy
Hard Rock 1996
THIN LIZZY Whiskey In The Jar album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Whiskey In The Jar
Hard Rock 1996
THIN LIZZY Classic Thin Lizzy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Classic Thin Lizzy
Hard Rock 1999
THIN LIZZY Vagabonds Kings Warriors Angels album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Vagabonds Kings Warriors Angels
Hard Rock 2001
THIN LIZZY Hero & The Madman album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hero & The Madman
Hard Rock 2003
THIN LIZZY Greatest Hits album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Greatest Hits
Hard Rock 2004
THIN LIZZY The Definitive Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Definitive Collection
Hard Rock 2006
THIN LIZZY The Silver Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Silver Collection
Hard Rock 2007
THIN LIZZY The Rocker album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Rocker
Hard Rock 2007
THIN LIZZY Icon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Icon
Hard Rock 2011
THIN LIZZY Waiting For An Alibi: The Collection album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Waiting For An Alibi: The Collection
Hard Rock 2011
THIN LIZZY At The BBC album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
At The BBC
Hard Rock 2011

THIN LIZZY singles (30)

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The Farmer
Hard Rock 1970
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4.25 | 3 ratings
Whisky In The Jar / Black Boys On The Corner
Hard Rock 1972
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Randolph's Tango
Hard Rock 1973
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2.00 | 1 ratings
The Rocker
Hard Rock 1973
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Little Darling
Hard Rock 1974
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Philomena
Hard Rock 1974
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2.00 | 1 ratings
It's Only Money
Hard Rock 1974
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Wild One
Hard Rock 1975
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Rosalie
Hard Rock 1975
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Jailbreak
Hard Rock 1976
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Don't Believe A Word
Hard Rock 1976
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2.00 | 1 ratings
The Boys Are Back In Town
Hard Rock 1976
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Johnny The Fox Meets Jimmy The Weed
Hard Rock 1976
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Rocky
Hard Rock 1976
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Cowboy Song
Hard Rock 1976
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Dancing In The Moonlight
Hard Rock 1977
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Rosalie (Cowgirls' Song)
Hard Rock 1978
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Waiting For An Alibi
Hard Rock 1979
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Do Anything You Want To
Hard Rock 1979
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Sarah
Hard Rock 1979
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Chinatown
Hard Rock 1980
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Killer On The Loose
Hard Rock 1980
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Hey You
Hard Rock 1980
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Killers Live
Hard Rock 1981
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Trouble Boys
Hard Rock 1981
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Hollywood (Down On Your Luck)
Hard Rock 1981
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Cold Sweat
Hard Rock 1983
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Thunder And Lightning
Heavy Metal 1983
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2.00 | 1 ratings
The Sun Goes Down
Hard Rock 1983
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Dedication
Hard Rock 1991

THIN LIZZY movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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Dedication
Hard Rock 1991
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2.92 | 2 ratings
The Boys Are Back In Town: Live At Sydney Harbour '78
Hard Rock 1997
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Rockpalast
Hard Rock 2004
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4.00 | 2 ratings
Greatest Hits
Hard Rock 2005
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2.50 | 1 ratings
Thunder And Lightning Tour
Hard Rock 2005
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4.50 | 1 ratings
One Night In Dublin: A Tribute To Phil Lynott
Hard Rock 2006
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3.94 | 4 ratings
Live And Dangerous
Hard Rock 2007
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The National Stadium Dublin
Hard Rock 2012

THIN LIZZY Reviews

THIN LIZZY Jailbreak

Album · 1976 · Hard Rock
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I’ve never been a Thin Lizzy fan, and that may be surprising given my deep interest in seventies hard rock and metal. The song that was always on the radio was “The Boys Are Back in Town”, which for me was just another one of those classic rock songs that was played so many times that I became desensitized to it and basically ignored it. Classic rock radio tends to have that effect on music: it plays the same songs day in day out until they become as familiar and unnoticeable as the wallpaper in the staffroom at work. I can’t think of any other Thin Lizzy songs I might have known. But it’s often the case that I’ll become interested in a band, buy a couple of albums and discover that I’ve already heard a song or two countless times, I just didn’t know whose song it was.

The reason why I finally felt inclined to buy a Thin Lizzy album is thanks to 1977. I was listening to Judas Priest’s 1977 album “Sin After Sin” and began pondering the state of heavy metal in that year. It was just the first rumblings of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, and “heavy metal” as it was known in 1977 included mostly bands that we classify easily as hard rock today. So, as I checked out the year 1977 for hard rock and metal, I came to Thin Lizzy’s “Bad Reputation” but found the album to have too much non-hard stuff. “Jailbreak” sounded like it could be a little edgier.

Thin Lizzy is a band that I call “metal by association”. The band is often included in hard rock and heavy rock lists because of songs like “The Boys Are Back in Town” or “Jailbreak”. They are solid hard rockers with good riffs and cool solos. But Thin Lizzy didn’t start out very hard and if they even became a full-fledged hard rock outfit, I don’t know. What we have here is a typical hard rock album of the seventies, and that is one which includes a good balance of hard rock numbers and non-hard numbers. To be fair, the whole album is very well done. As an album to represent the band, my conclusion is that this is a prime example of what to expect. They even get close to a metal vibe in the darker and heavier tracks of “Warriors” and “Emerald”. “Running Back” has a simple hook but is quite catchy and easy to have running in your head, while “Romeo and the Lonely Girl” has a memorable and melodic chorus. “Cowboy Song” is mentioned in the liner notes as the style of song that appealed to rock and rollers who lead a lonely life on the road and inspired the concept of Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive”. I personally find this cowboy theme uninteresting and too obvious. It’s the one track I am tempted to skip when it comes on.

The remaster of this 1976 classic sounds great. The music is warm and clear, punches when it needs to, but doesn’t get over loud. Some remasters have all the levels pumped up and they sound like nothing you’d ever hear in the seventies while others keep everything flat. The turn-off point for me is that this album sounds very safe. The riffs and melodies are simple and repetitive. The four-piece band don’t challenge themselves beyond making a good album of hard rock riffs and catchy melodies. There’s no pushing of boundaries or envelopes, no going out on limbs, no daring attempts, no cunning stunts. It’s a very safe album that seems set to appeal to the lowest common denominator. As such, it’s an album to listen to when you need a break from ground-breaking, years-ahead-of-its-time, lost gem-type albums that strived to reach new territory or blow up old institutions. Nice, warm, comfortable rock and roll, this is.

THIN LIZZY Bad Reputation

Album · 1977 · Hard Rock
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Although Jailbreak may well be the most popular album in Thin Lizzy's repertoire, I actually think Bad Reputation overall is the better album. It doesn't have a standout hit on the level of Jailbreak's The Boys Are Back In Town, but the songs as a whole are more consistent, so rather than having one monster song standing tall over the rest the album is a rewarding thinking fan's hard rock listen from start to finish. The production job from Tony Visconti helps, as does a really careful selection of material and running order; it's hard not to get hairs rising on the back of your neck when the melodic and slightly melancholic Soldier of Fortune draws to an end and the defiant title track bursts forth.

THIN LIZZY Jailbreak

Album · 1976 · Hard Rock
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Emerging just as punk was beginning to break through and hard rock and metal audiences were out for something louder and faster, Thin Lizzy's Jailbreak finds them capably adapting the early 1970s bluesy style of hard rock they'd made their own to changing times. The Boys Are Back In Town is, deservedly, the standout song from this, in part because it's the fastest and hardest song on the set; still, the rest of the album isn't outright bad, it just doesn't quite hit the sheer standards of joy as that track, though the title track does come close at points. A little calculated and polished, maybe, but still a hell of a lot of fun.

THIN LIZZY Vagabonds Of The Western World

Album · 1973 · Hard Rock
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Bluesy hard rock with a certain Hendrix influence, Vagabonds of the Western World is an album which is entertaining in its own right but is a little bit overshadowed by the glorious Whiskey In the Jar single which preceded it, and certainly nothing on here quite matches the glory of that song - though the generally slower, more meditative songs on here are interesting enough in their own right, and at their best (Little Girl In Bloom, etc.) are really quite good. Better times were coming, but things were already pretty good - and you've got to dig that lovely comic book style cover art, right?

THIN LIZZY Whisky In The Jar / Black Boys On The Corner

Single · 1972 · Hard Rock
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Whiskey In the Jar is a top-class hard rock single with a bit of Celtic folk flavour to it, based as it is on a famed Irish number about the adventures of a highwayman. Combining excellent solos from Eric Bell and an iconic vocal performance from Phil Lynott, it well deserves its classic reputation.

The B-side, Black Boys In the Corner, consists of Phil singing "I'm a little black boy and I don't know my place!", which is as good a motto as any for one of the few black men to work as the frontman of a hard rock outfit in Thin Lizzy's vein at the time. The composition shows a bit of funk influence in the opening beat, and in its later phases takes a left turn into a bit of a Hendrix tribute, an effective riposte to anyone boneheaded enough to make an issue of Phil's racial background.

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