My copy is actually the Warner Bros/Metal Blade original release, but it’s all good. This CD features John Sykes as the 2nd guitarist alongside of Scott Gorham. There is also Darren Wharton on keyboards. Of course there is Phil Lynott and Brian Downey on bass and drums, respectively. If I had to rate all of the Thin Lizzy albums this would rank 3rd, behind BAD REPUTATION and JAILBREAK.
Versatility is always a factor with Thin Lizzy and THUNDER & LIGHTNING is no different. There is hard rock (“Cold Sweat”), ballads (“the Sun Goes Down”), blues/rock (“Baby Please Don’t Go), and more. Two of my biggest Lizzy favorites are here “the Holy War” and “Bad Habits”. This is another of those Thin Lizzy albums where the only weakness is the music ends far too soon. “This Is the One” and “Heart Attack” are very good listening. This is one of those discs that goes well in a multidisc player in your car, where every song counts.
Once again the group proves it doesn’t matter who the second guitarist is, because the music is going to jam. Sykes holds up the tradition of Brian Robertson, Gary Moore, Snowy White, and Midge Ure, showcasing two extremely talented guitarists. You won’t get a cold sweat from THUNDER & LIGHTNING because there is no gamble in the greatness of this CD.