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Album Review

Six CDs and one DVD is a lot of Lizzy...but few bands inspire such devotion as Phil Lynott's romantic Irish renegades, and this 2011 set goes a long way in illustrating why. Containing every surviving BBC session Thin Lizzy recorded — some 18 of them, plus four separate concerts on the CD side of things; the DVD has shows from 1978 and 1983, 13 Top of the Pops performances taped between 1973 and 1981, two Old Grey Whistle Test appearances, and a spot on Three of a Kind in 1982 — it is a wealth of riches for the Lizzy devotee. There may not be much in the way of revelation — there are no surprising covers and the versions generally follow the same arrangements that are on the studio records — but the intensity level is higher, sometimes resulting in intensely visceral readings that are certainly worth the price of admission. If anything, this generous set proves that for nearly a decade, Thin Lizzy were untouched in creating epic, emotional rock & roll...and if there's any place to hear just how good they were for how long, this is it.


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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Live At the BBC, Thin Lizzy
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  • 14,99 €
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 01 January 2011

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