Thin Lizzy is a band that will always be regularly featured on The Dinosaur Days and Phil Lynott is a musician whom we both respect and admire. This was the first ( and last ) studio album to feature ex-Tygers of Pan Tang guitarist, John Sykes, who'd been drafted in to replace Snowy White. Lynott split this great band in the summer of 1984 and he tragically died in May 1986.
Thin Lizzy are featured on the first Dinosaur Days CD.

Thin Lizzy 
Thin Lizzy - Bad Reputation, from the album of the same name, released in 1977. This was the 8th album from one of Ireland's best and most famous rock outfits. It actually did pretty well for them, reaching number four on the UK charts and it featured one of their many top hits, "Dancin' in The Moonlight". Lizzy were at their peak at this stage and their excellent "Live and Dangerous", released the following year, was one of the best live albums of all time. The classic line-up of bassist/vocalist Phil Lynott, guitarists Brian Robertson and Scott Gorham and drummer Brian Downey, featured on this excellent album. History tells us that the band underwent a few line-up changes before splitting in the mid eighties. Lynott died in January 1986.  

Thin Lizzy 
Thin Lizzy - Still in Love with you, from "Live and Dangerous" in 1978, their 9th album. Request time, again! We featured this a wesome ballad a while back and you can read up on it elsewhere in these pages, but it's obviously one of Lizzy's most famous and best liked tracks, as we get numerous requests to feature it on the show. The line-up at this stage was Phil Lynott on bass and vocals, Brian Downey on drums and Scott Gorham and Brian R obertson on guitars, with Robertson playing one of the best solos you're likely to hear on any live album. A classic track from one of rock's alltime classic bands. 
  
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Biography by John Dougan
Despite a huge hit single in the mid-'70s ("The Boys Are Back in Town") and becoming a popular act with hard rock/heavy metal fans, Thin Lizzy are still, in the pantheon of '70s rock bands, underappreciated. Formed in the late '60s by Irish singer/songwriter/bassist Phil Lynott, Lizzy, though not the first band to do so, combined romanticized working-class sentiments with their ferocious, twin-lead guitar attack. As the band's creative force, Lynott was a more insightful and intelligent writer than many of his ilk, preferring slice-of-life working-class dramas of love and hate influenced by Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and virtually all of the Irish literary tradition. Also, as a black man, Lynott was an anomaly in the nearly all-white world of hard rock, and as such imbued much of his work with a sense of alienation; he was the outsider, the romantic guy from the other side of the tracks, a self-styled poet of the lovelorn and downtrodden. His sweeping vision and writerly impulses at times gave way to pretentious songs aspiring to clichéd notions of literary significance, but Lynott's limitless charisma made even the most misguided moments worth hearing.

After a few early records that hinted at the band's potential, Lizzy released Fighting in 1975, and the band (Lynott, guitarists Brian Robertson and Scott Gorham, and drummer Brian Downey) had molded itself into a pretty tight recording and performing unit. Lynott's thick, soulful vocals were the perfect vehicle for his tightly written melodic lines. Gorham and Robertson generally played lead lines in harmonic tandem, while Downey (a great drummer who had equal amounts of power and style) drove the engine. Lizzy's big break came with their next album, Jailbreak, and the record's first single, "The Boys Are Back in Town." A paean to the joys of working-class guys letting loose, the song resembled similar odes by Bruce Springsteen, with the exception of the Who-like power chords in the chorus. With the support of radio and every frat boy in America, "Boys" became a huge hit, enough of a hit as to ensure record contracts and media attention for the next decade ("Boys" is now used in beer advertising).

Never the toast of critics (the majority writing in the '70s hated hard rock and heavy metal), Lizzy toured relentlessly, building an unassailable reputation as a terrific live band, despite the lead guitar spot becoming a revolving door (Eric Bell, Gary Moore, Brian Robertson, Snowy White, and John Sykes all stood next to Scott Gorham). The records came fast and furious, and despite attempts to repeat the formula that worked like a charm with "Boys," Lynott began writing more ambitious songs and wrapping them up in vaguely articulated concept albums. The large fan base the band had built as a result of "Boys" turned into a smaller, yet still enthusiastic bunch of hard rockers. Adding insult to injury was the rise of punk rock, which Lynott vigorously supported, but made Lizzy look too traditional and too much like tired old rock stars.

By the mid-'80s, resembling the dinosaur that punk rock wanted to annihilate, Thin Lizzy called it a career. Lynott recorded solo records that more explicitly examined issues of class and race, published a now-out-of-print book of poetry, and sadly, became a victim of his longtime abuse of heroin, cocaine, and alcohol, dying in 1986 at age 35. Since the mega-popular alternative rock bands of the mid-'90s appropriated numerous musical messages from their '70s forebears, the work of Phil Lynott and Thin Lizzy will hopefully continue to be seen for the influential rock & roll it is.

In 1999, Thin Lizzy reunited with a lineup featuring guitarists Scott Gorman and John Sykes, and keyboardist Darren Wharton, which was rounded out by a journeyman rhythm section of bassist Marco Mendoza and drummer Tommy Aldridge. The quintet's ensuing European tour produced the live album One Night Only, which was released in the summer of 2000 to set the stage for a subsequent American concert tour. 

 

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Thin Lizzy - 1971 - Thin Lizzy - 3/5

Thin Lizzy - 1972 - Shades of a Blue Orphanage - 3/5

Thin Lizzy - 1973 - Vagabonds of the Western World - 3.5/5

Thin Lizzy - 1974 - Night Life - 3/5

Thin Lizzy - 1975 - Fighting - 4.5/5

Thin Lizzy - 1976 - Jailbreak - 5/5

Thin Lizzy - 1976 - Johnny the Fox - 4/5

Thin Lizzy - 1977 - Bad Reputation - 4.5/5

Thin Lizzy - 1978 - Live and Dangerous - 4.5/5

Thin Lizzy - 1979 - Black Rose - 4.5/5

Thin Lizzy - 1980 - Chinatown - 3/5

Thin Lizzy - 1981 - Renegade - 2/5

Thin Lizzy - 1983 - Life Live - 3/5

Thin Lizzy - 1983 - Thunder and lightning - 3/5

Thin Lizzy - 1999 - Boys Are Back in Town, Live in Australia - 2.5/5

Thin Lizzy - 2000 - One Night Only - 2/5

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