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  • Although ‘Nightlife’ was the official debut of the Gorham/Robertson classic lineup it was on September 1975’s ‘Fighting’ that the true identity of Thin Lizzy was demonstrated. The twin guitar harmonies that became the band’s trademark were in evidence here really for the first time and as a result the band had its first true masterpiece. While it did not achieve the level of success of later LPs, ‘Fighting’ belongs on the same pedestal as ‘Jailbreak’, ‘Johnny the Fox’ and ‘Black Rose’. My favorite tracks are some of my alltime favorite Lizzy tunes including band friend Bob Seger’s “Rosalie” (you best be smilin’ when it’s choosin’ time!) and I don’t give a damn whether its an original or not! “Suicide” is an awesome metal song about the suspicious circumstances of the death of Peter Brent (duelling lead breaks here which makes this a definitive Lizzy song). “Fighting My Way Back” and “Ballad of a Hard Man” could be seen as lyrical mission statements for the parent album. Sensitive balladry Lynott-style find their homes in “Freedom Song” and “Wild One” the latter being from the “Little Girl in Bloom” part of Philip’s genius. “King’s Vengeance” could be seen as another veiled attack at the pundits who thought Lizzy wouldn’t make it! (as would “Fighting My Way Back!) Great storytelling, soulful and desperate vocals and those uncanny guitar harmonies make ‘Fighting’ a key addition to the Thin Lizzy catalogue and previewed the quality of rough, tough, ready and able rock n’ roll that would carry Lizzy to the very end of their existence, as consistent as any catalogue in the history of rock music.

    Posted on January 6, 2010