unless you are a BIG phil lynott fan stay away!!if you find a place to download tunes from this album maybe you’ll find something to listen to.one song i really liked was “ode to a black man”.fans enjoy,casual fans stick with the t.lizzy albums.
1980 solo album featuring Thin Lizzy bandmates Scott Gorham, Snowy White and Brian Downey and guest appearances by Mark Knopfler, Gary Moore, Huey Lewis & Midge Ure. Wounded Bird. 2002.
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If you were a fan of “Thin Lizzy” then you understand the genius that was Phil Lynott. This solo release, recorded shortly before his untimely death reveals the artists songwriting depth. “Kings Call” in particular shows off Mr. Lynott’s cretive flair. A tribute to Elvis Presley and now a haunting reminder of the price of fame,”Kings Call” remains another “Lost Classic” by an artist that never really received his due.
Some of these songs are really thin lizzy songs that didn’t fit on the albums take a different approach. Jamaican rum puts me in mind of randolphs tango somewhat. King’s Call and Solo in Soho are definitely the best songs on the cd. It’s not quite as guitar oriented as thin lizzy albums but very good
I bought this on the strength of the single “Kings Call”, but was pleasantly surprised by the range of styles of music on display. I guess whether that is a good thing or a bad thing to you will decide how much you like it. Phil seemed to be using the chance away from Thin Lizzy here to try things he couldn’t within the confines of the band. Surely that’s what solo albums should be for? Can’t give it 5 stars however as there is some stuff which doesn’t quite work as well as it could. “Dear Miss Lonely Hearts”, “Kings Call”, “Solo In Soho”,”Girls”, “Yellow Pearl” and “Ode To A Black Man are all great songs however. And let’s be brutally honest, Thin Lizzy albums could be patchy as well. Approach with an open mind and you will find something to love on here.
Just read the song credits: at least fifty percent of this album features Brian Downey, Scott Gorham, Gary Moore and Snowy White – the core of Thin Lizzy. Elsewhere we find Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits (on the glorious King’s Call single), Midge Ure of Ultravox (on Yellow Pearl, which became the theme tune to the UK’s Top of the Pops for many years), and Huey Lewis (who would later release his own version of one of the songs here, Tattoo, and who incidentally is one mean harmonica player). A solo album was the ideal place for Phil Lynott to try out styles unsuitable for Thin Lizzy, and though the results were patchy, certain gems were immediately apparent. The title track, with its reggae beat, must surely be one of Lynott’s finest recordings. Ode To A Black Man thrills with it’s chunky bass and sharp lyrics. Talk In 79 allows Lynott to deliver a spoken monologue set against a tight bass & drum line, showcasing just what a superb bass player he really was. Elsewhere we have Dear Miss Lonely Hearts which wouldn’t have been out of place on Lizzy albums such as Renegade or Chinatown. Although Phil Lynott’s solo work never seriously challenged his band’s output, Solo in Soho (and to a much lesser degree his second solo album) exhibit instances of the pure talent that marked him out as one of rock music’s true innovators, and Solo in Soho remains the finest album that Thin Lizzy never released.