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Shades of a Blue Orphanage

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  • This is much better than the first album and show much improvement in songwriting for Phil. It’s not the Jailbreak
    sound you’d expect but if your a fan of the band you’ll enjoy
    the difference in the first few albums and the later ones. It
    took me back the first time I heard them but I enjoy them
    much more now. There isn’t any new Lizzy to listen to so you
    might as well get as much as you can. I love it.

    Posted on January 14, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • About eight years ago, when my first baby was only one month old, I recorded a program which the hostess introduced Thin Lizzy’s first three albums. I kept going to Tower Records to look for them, but I didn’t find them. Now it’s great that I’ll have a chance to see them and share my ideas and feeling, I really love all the songs.

    Posted on January 14, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • After a very promising debut, Lizzy seemed to take a step back with their March 1972 followup. They seemed to be ready to go in two different directions, straight-up hard rock band, or folk with a tinge of power. On this release they seemed to go more towards the later which is kind of a shame. Not a bad album but as another reviewer also said not particulary memorable. I think it would be hard to include any of these tunes on a Lizzy top 30 but I know how subjective that can be. “Buffalo Gal” is probably the best song but it isn’t really a rocker or a ballad in the traditional sense, “Brought Down” is very similiar in the same way. Phillip’s first “Sarah” is almost buried by the reoording, forget about listening to this one in the car…it’s too damn soft! “Rise and Dear Demise” and “Baby Face” are the best of the “rockers” but again, nothing Lizzy wouldn’t blow away on future releases. Case in point, less then a year after this forgettable affair, they released their first single and masterpiece, “Whisky in the Jar/Black Boys on the Corner” – and reputation was secured. I’m not one to quibble about lineups either as each formation of Lizzy provided their own memorable addtions to the catalogue, though ‘Shades’ was not one for the Eric Bell era. Their next release with the aforementioned single would be Lizzy’s first true artistic peak. ‘Shades’ is a slight misstep. Not bad just not a classic.

    Posted on January 14, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This is the weakest of the Eric Bell era Thin Lizzy albums. Half of the album will not interest most people but there are a few quality songs(Brought Down, Baby Face, Call the Police). The production quality is poor by todays standards which can be expected of many albums of that time. There are a couple of good but very slow songs(Sarah, Shades of a Blue Orphanage) and one that should just be skipped(I Don’t Want to Forget How to Jive). If you are interested in an album from the Eric Bell days, I would first recommend Thin Lizzy(electric folk debut album) then Vagabonds of the Western World(their 3rd album, the heaviest and last of the Eric Bell years).

    Posted on January 14, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • While I am a huge fan of all of Lizzy’s music,a part of me always wondered what path their music would have taken had they continued in the musical direction of their first three albums. In many ways, I miss the simple purity Lizzy had with these early records, something that was lost when they hit it big. Shades of a Blue Orphanage is an extension of their first album; storytelling, poetic lyrics, musical experimentation with blues, rock, folk and prog elements. There is no real formula to any of it; These tracks would be right at home in a live jam, and I can only imagine some of the great shows Lizzy must have put on in the early days. Listeners looking for classic Lizzy hard rock will be scratching their heads at hearing this album. Listeners without an appreciation for lyrical imagery and experimentation will be prone to dismiss what they don’t understand as “awful”. Shades is an original recording filled with verve and genuine emotion. It’s too bad most modern music can’t say the same thing.

    Posted on January 14, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now