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  • 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