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  • Ah the memories come flooding back. As a teenager back in the seventies I was lucky enough to see Thin Lizzy on the breakthrough “Jailbreak” tour, and then again on the “Bad Reputation” tour, which makes up part of this incredible live set.From the opening chord of “Jailbreak”, through to the final chord of “The Rocker” this is perhaps one of the most awesome and unforgettable live albums of all time. Lizzy became great on two things, hard work and the late Philip Lynott’s majestic songwriting. Powered by the twin-guitar attack of Brian Robertson and Scott Gorham, “Live And Dangerous” is a classic example of a band at the height of their powers.Sad to think, then, that this was also the end of an era. By the time the next album was released, Robertson had gone, to be replaced by Gary Moore at what turned out to be the start of a very turbulent period in the career of the bad.But what a way to end an era. From “Fighting” to “Bad Reputation”, this was Thin Lizzy at their best, and this set could quite easily have been called “The Bext Of Thin Lizzy – Live”. The majesty of “Emerald”, the sheer power of “Massacre”, the almost touching sentiment of “Still In love With You” (coupled with the devastatingly emotional solo from Robertson) to the sheer exuberance of “Sha-La-La” and “Baby Drives Me Crazy”, this covers all the bases.However, at a time when many bands are having their back catalogs remastered, enhanced and re-released, it is maybe fitting that this treatment should also be applied to Thin Lizzy. If the “Bad Reputation” tour was recorded, why not include “Soldier Of Fortune” (the opener on the British tour), or “Bad Reputation” itself (including Brian Downey’s drum solo), and where oh where is that incredible live version of “Me And The Boys Are Wondering How You And The Girls Are Getting Home From Here Tonight” previously only available on the b-side of the “Rosalie” live single.But these are minor quibbles. This album is simply a must for die-hard Thin Lizzy fans, and newcomers alike. By all means buy the compilations, but this is the one album which would give a true introduction to the work of Thin Lizzy, and is way more representative of the band at their best than the somewhat disappointing “Life” or the more recent tribute album “One Night Only”.

    Posted on February 1, 2010