When are these classic albums gonna get remastered? Johnny the Fox is my favorite song by these masters of hard rock and I’m waiting for someone to clean these up and raise the sound volume like UFO’s “Lights Out” got! Extra tracks and live cuts would smoke, too.Let’s get it done,people!!!! They are no more so either a comprehensive anthology or a complete catalog redo should be in the works!!!
1996 remastered reissue of 1976 album. 10 tracks including ’Borderline’ & ’Massacre’. Mercury Records.
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Most of the songs on this album are outstandingwith the exception of a filler at the end. Thin Lizzy stands out as an original band that pounds out rock music with style. “Johnny” conveys the mood of being in the back streets at night, while Brian Robertson burns out his solos in a new style unlike the Jailbreak album. Brian Downey rips on the drums all through “Massacre” and Scott Goham puts one of his heavier guitar solos on this one. The album contains some very poetic songs in “Old Flame”, “Back on the Boarderline”, and “Fool’s Gold”. Most of the songs are able to draw you away in the mood they convey. Phil Lynott lays down his poetry in his lyrics while his bandmates Downey, Gorham, and Robertson give him excellent backing and guitar solos.
Man, what can be said about this band? One of the most overlooked of the “classic” rock bands, their name is rarely mentioned in the same sentence as Led Zep, the Stones, or the Who, but they surely deserve a place among the upper echelons of the genre. This album is one of the reasons why: the songs are top notch, the playing is tight and inspired, and the vocals courtesy of Phil Lynott are just breathtaking. Sort of an underworld “concept” LP (IMHO), the album just flows very naturally. Highlights include the hard rocking opener “Johnny”, the funky “Johnny The Fox Meets Jimmy The Weed”, the 70’s metal mania of “Boogie Woogie Dance”, and the soulful “Borderline” (one reviewer remarked that it was a great drinking song, I agree). But my all time fave on the record is the ballad “Sweet Marie”. This song should be a staple on classic rock stations, but unfortunately US radio stations never gave it play. It is simply put one of the most beautiful rock songs ever recorded, and if it were the only song on the CD, it would still be worth it. If you like classic rock, then just buy this, and enjoy.
I bought this album yrs ago and have been trying to find it on cd for awhile – here it is!!!! One of Thin Lizzy’s best! A real sleeper – should have gotten more notice. “Johnny The Fox” is tight, seriously rocks!!!!!!
One of my fondest memories of this album was when my grandmother, a church organist and music lover, remarked on how good the drummer was, never missing a beat even during his rolling and inventive fills. While this could be said of many top-notch rock drummers, it says something that even my grandmother appreciated at least the drumming on this album. However, this is my review, not my grandmother’s, so… This is Thin Lizzy doing mainstream. And doing it exceptionally well. I love every track on this album. The dual guitar solos are perfect, right in line with those found on “Jailbreak”, which is saying a lot. The whole album feels like an extension of “Jailbreak”, which is a good thing. The songwriting is great, Lynott’s vocals are great; everything is tight, polished, and professional. If you like Lizzy, you’ll love this. And if you’ve never experienced them before, you’ll still love this. It’s one of ’70’s rock’s classics. A must-have for any music lover. All the tracks are strong, with the possible exception of “Boogie Woogie Dance”, which seemed sort of silly to me, although still quite listenable. My personal favorite Lizzy album though will always be “Night Life”, which came out a few years earlier and has a much softer and jazz-influenced sound.