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Japanese pressing of this 1977 album from Phil Lynott and friends, housed in a miniature LP sleeve and available at a cheaper UK price for a limited time only!. The packaging is an exact replica of the original vinyl release featuring vinyl artwork and including the original Japanese Obi strip. Universal. 2008.That much rock & roll excess and that little sleep–it would be enough to ruffle anyone. Thus Thin Lizzy decamped to Canada to unwind from a year of incident and illness. There they produced Bad Reputation, which sounds, if not exactly laid-back, then at least damn smooth. Phil Lynott was confident enough to loosen Lizzy’s atomic boogie and open his writing to jazz and folk influences, while the band, despite shifting membership, sound tighter than ever, playing with a new delicacy and thoughtfulness. Scott Gorham emerged here as a genuinely original guitarist, Tony Visconti’s production sharpens the edges, and the title track, ”Southbound,” and ”Dancing in the Moonlight” are among Lizzy’s best. –Taylor Parkes

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  • i love all thin lizzy’s stuff because the music is always top notch and the lyrics are always so sincere (even if they’re almost corny sometimes!) in the mid 70’s we used to swim in valley forge park everyday and listen to “jailbreak” and to this day whenever i hear anything off that record it reminds me of those days! i saw lizzy on this tour and they opened with soldier of fortune. they played opium trail and almost all of the “live and dangerous” album too! but everything here is classic, southbound, dear lord, bad reputation, it’s all good! the greatest thing about thin lizzy is that they have an album to fit whatever mood you’re in! get this one!

    Posted on March 10, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • The first thing that comes to mind is: Hell, they could sound “pop” and still be hard rockers. So why they never played on radio, with few exceptions like “boys are back in town”.
    Bad Reputation is an great effort to make Thin Lizzy a successful band without losing their style. It is clear that they mixed here on this record the rawness from Jailbreak, and the experimentations from Johnny the Fox”. So, it’s an album like “midway”, but never half succeeded. No way, this is really a good piece of 70’s hard rock, even better than most of the trash done during 80’s and 90’s when it comes to hard rock.
    A sad mark to this album is the fact that it is the last time Robbo and Gorham put their guitar to fight together in a studio. But what a great way to say farewell to arms! I prefer Robbo a little bit, but Gorham is terrific, there ain’t no such thing as a bad riff from the beginning to the end.
    Some people may consider this album kinda laid-back stuff, but try to sse from another side, it’s hard rock, with melodic phrases, without being glossy or fancy.
    Really heavy tunes: Bad Reputation – opium trail – Killer without a cause
    Other great tracks: That woman is gonna break your heart (the most beautiful Lizzy’s ballad, along with Sarah)
    Southbound- highway style song
    Soldier of fortune – great opening track, beautiful guitar solo
    Anyway the whole album is great, except maybe for Dear Lord, but, any song put after That Woman… is simply unfair.
    In a four years space, those guys sent to the world such gems as Fighting, Jailbreak, Johnny the Fox, Bad Reputation, Live and Dangerous and Black Rose. Man, I mean, they were at least AWESOME!

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  • I can’t think of another band that influenced me in my youth the way these guys did. I consider them the best rock band of all. I know Phil wrote the occasionally awful line, and at times the songs were just downright peculiar (“S & M” off “Black Rose” comes to mind), but the unique sound and look of the band set them apart, and gave them a unique, singular voice. Here is Thin Lizzy again offering very diverse material, songs that kick you in your butt (“Bad Reputation”, “Opium Trail”, “Soldier of Fortune” and “Killer Without A Cause”), what could be considered religious songs (“Downtown Sundown” and “Dear Lord”, songs I find incredibly heartfelt, beautiful, and at times, awkward. God bless you, Phil), and pop songs with great guitar licks (“Southbound”, “That Women’s Gonna Break Your Heart” and “Dancing in The Moonlight”, my least favorite track on the album). Not what you would expect from what everyone was saying was a “hard rock” band. When I consider that Thin Lizzy released the following 4 STUDIO albums consecutively….”Jailbreak” (1976), “Johnny the Fox” (1976), “Bad Reputation” (1977) and “Black Rose” (1979), and when I listen to them now, scratches and all, ….I think that Thin Lizzy is still my favorite rock band, and I wish to god I could play guitar like Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson, and be as cool as Phil Lynott. These 4 albums are rock nirvana to me. If push came to shove, I consider “Bad Reputation” their best album. It is more Scott Gorham than Brian Robertson, and for that,I give it up to Scott Gorham. But I wish the two would have stayed together, especially when you hear them together on “That Woman’s Gonna Break Your Heart”. My biggest regret was not seeing them on November 1st, 1977 at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee WI, in support of this album. I was 14 at the time, and Thin Lizzy wasn’t as popular as some of the other bands back then. Nobody really wanted to go to the show with me, and when your 14 you don’t really feel comfortable going alone. As such, I never got the chance to see this band live, in person. But I hear that Scott Gorham and John Sykes have their version of Thin Lizzy touring this summer (with a date in my hometown, no less. Maybe I can fly there to see them).

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  • Don’t know what you got until it’s taken from you.
    What a band and what an album.
    Again, you CAN’T go wrong purchasing this album.
    From strength to strength.

    1. Soldier Of Fortune- Typical loose and powerful Thin Lizzy. Love those guitars!

    2. Bad Reputation – Listening to Scott Gorham play on Bad Reputation seals the deal.

    3. Opium Trail – One of the few leads Brian Robertson plays. Solid.

    4. South Bound – Incredible. One song I NEVER get tired of playing at loud levels

    5. Dancing In The Moonlight – Surprisingly my least favorite track, and it’s still great!

    6. Killer Without A Cause – Powerful and pounding. Didn’t Iron Maiden lift the riff on this one? Well, kinda : )

    7. Downtown Sundown- Great tune, Slowing down the pace. Awesome bass work throughout.

    8. That Woman’s Gonna Break Your Heart – A slight hiccup. Not bad but not great either.

    9. Dear Lord- Phil exorcising his demons. Back to form again!

    A solid chuck of 70’s hard rock music.
    Almost 30 yrs later this album shows the power and intensity these guys had.
    Go get all of Thin Lizzy’;s stuff and see what quality is all about.
    Get hooked now!It’s not too late!

    Phil Lynott RIP. I wish we still had you with us. Your music has meant so much to so many people.

    Posted on March 10, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Just okay! I think not, go listen to your Springsteen albums will you. This is perhaps the best package Thin Lizzy ever released! Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson cook on guitars to start and Phil Lynott has penned some of his most memorable tunes. The playing on this is as masterful as any Thin Lizzy album, but here, as with JAILBREAK, every song clicks. There is magic everywhere. C’mon even Huey Lewis on harmonica, at the time Clover had been touring some with Thin Lizzy.OK! To pick a favorite song I would have to go with “That Woman’s Gonna Break Your Heart”, which is a wonderful ballad. There’s the almost bluesy “Dancing in the Moonlight” and “Southbound”. Then there are great rockers like “Soldier of Fortune”, “Bad Reputation”, and “Killer Without a Cause”. Then there is “Dear Lord”, which strangely enough is stupendous even though it is full of doubt and concern. A listen to this disc should provide almost everyone with a song they could like, or, maybe like me you’d hock all your Springsteen to have something this good in your collection!

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