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Album Review

Recorded on their 1983 farewell tour, Life: Live spans 19 classic Thin Lizzy tracks over the course of two discs, and finds the band's sound edging ever slightly toward what would become metal over the course of the next decade. Sounding grittier, faster, and crunchier than usual on familiar tracks like "Jailbreak" or "The Boys Are Back in Town," Phil Lynott's always smooth vocals careen casually over these gnarlier versions. The synths and chugging guitars of "Angel of Death" find Lynott and the band sounding almost like a more fantastical Motörhead than the pool hall rock of their earlier studio albums. Recorded primarily at Hammersmith Odeon in London, the band is joined by former guitarists Eric Bell, Brian Robertson, and Gary Moore to jam on tracks like "Black Rose" and "The Rocker."

Customer Reviews

RIP Lizzy

A great collection when the band are on the up with inclusion of Sykes. Pitty the production isnt near Live N Dangerous. If it was this album would be up there with it. Worth it for the original Dont Believe A Word. Once heard this by Grand Slam when the big man was live on BBC years ago. Brilliant. Gary Moore does a great version also but I remeber this 'Live' version from seeing it on Lizzys last tour.. And 'Got To Give It Up' yep should have . and we would have some decent music to listen to by one of the best.

Thin Lizzy Rocked

It was all too sad that this was the final album and the final tour. Unfortunately Lizzy didn't last as long as some fans (including me) would have liked but they wrote and performed brilliantly. This album features all major members of the band - Phil Lynott, Brian Downey, Scott Gorham, John Sykes, Darren Wharton, Brian Robertson, Gary Moore, Eric Bell and Snowy White (who appears on Renegade, Hollywood and Killer On the Loose which were actually recorded in 1981). In fact, all of the aforementioned guitarists (except for Snowy White) perform at the same time on The Rocker meaning that eight members were on the stage at the same time. Two other memorable tracks from this record are Black Rose and Still In Love With You both of which are brilliant live versions featuring exclusively the incredible guitar talents of Gary Moore. This album also features other classics such as Jailbreak, The Boys Are Back In Town, Don't Believe a Word and Emerald to name just a few. Maybe not quite as definitive as Live and Dangerous but a good album in it's own right featuring all the classic songs wirtten after Live and Dangerous as well as the ones before that. Brilliant.

raw sounding

this album captures lizzy at their best in my opinion (even though this was their farewell tour) everything sounds raw and natural unlike live and dangerous which apparently 90% of it was overdubbed, although people like live albums overdubbed so it sounds better and cleaner, i prefer to hear it as it was. they also seem to play a lot rougher aswell and almost sound like early guns n roses bar the vocals, the only down side for me is the track `don't belive a word` i much prefer the up-tempo version.


Formed: 1970 in Dublin, Ireland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Despite a huge hit single in the mid-'70s ("The Boys Are Back in Town") and becoming a popular act with hard rock/heavy metal fans, Thin Lizzy are still, in the pantheon of '70s rock bands, underappreciated. Formed in the late '60s by Irish singer/songwriter/bassist Phil Lynott, Lizzy, though not the first band to do so, combined romanticized working-class sentiments with their ferocious, twin-lead guitar attack. As the band's creative force, Lynott was a more insightful and intelligent writer than...
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