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  • This album was the first time I had heard of the band “Thin Lizzy”, (I was 13 at the time. It was our nation’s bicentennial!). It was also the album that made me want to learn guitar as a kid, and I knew exactly how I wanted to sound. LIKE THESE GUYS!!!! To me the look and sound of Thin Lizzy was the coolest. I never felt cheated with any of their STUDIO albums (even “Renegade” had some great moments on it), and I admire their courage to record songs that made Thin Lizzy a truly “singular” band. But not everyone was so taken with this band. Critically they were often slammed. Read what Robert Christgau wrote about Thin Lizzy, and the album “Jailbreak”……. (from Robert Christgau, Christgau’s Record Guide, 1981)….>>>The proof of how desperate people are for new Springsteen is that they’ll settle for this — even “The Boys Are Back in Town” is the sort of thing that ends up in Bruce’s wastebasket. If Irish teen traumas are as boring as Phil Lynott’s descriptions of them, it’s no wonder they have trouble maintaining their birthrate. And if Irish teen traumas are as secondhand as Scott Gorham’s guitar lines, the Irish will probably end up preferring Springsteen too. B- <<<<<I’m glad Thin Lizzy sound didn’t compare to the bombast of “everyman” and critical darling, Bruce Springsteen. And I’m glad that the band kept doing what IT wanted to musically, critics be damned. Thin Lizzy’s guitar work when Scott and Brian played together was brilliant, the song styles and subject matter varied, the song writing was at times subpar (being honest here), but usually excellent. They were never boring. There sound was exciting, and at times different and very challenging, unlike Springsteen (why people tried to compare the two is beyond me).When Thin Lizzy released these 4 studio albums consecutively….Jailbreak (1976) Johnny the Fox (1976) Bad Reputation (1977) Black Rose (1979)….it was rock nirvana for me. I can’t think of another band that influenced me in my youth the way these guys did, and I thank them for it. I would have given anything to play guitar like Scott and Brian, and be as cool as Phil.

    Posted on November 17, 2009