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Editors’ Notes

1980’s Chinatown introduced two new Thin Lizzy members: keyboardist Darren Wharton (who joined at age 17) and guitarist Snowy White (who replaced Gary Moore). Producer Tony Visconti wasn't in the mixing chair, and frontman Phil Lynott and lead guitarist Scott Gorham were both indulging in a seemingly endless party bender. Still, “We Will Be Strong” opens like classic Thin Lizzy, with its signature doubled guitarmonies and Lynott’s voice balanced between his soulful smoothness and a weathered rasp. The outstanding title track blasts off with sizzling guitar leads and juicy riffs meaty enough to sink your teeth into and rip off the bone. And the following “Sweetness” is robust with Thin Lizzy’s best characteristics: soaring six-string harmonics, a driving rhythm section, backing vocal harmonies, and most noticeably, Lynott’s knack for writing unforgettable pop melodies. The hard-rocking “Killer on the Loose” is equally driving and catchy.

Customer Reviews

Strong effort

In 1980, Thin Lizzy released Chinatown. This is the first album to feature guitarist Snowy White, who replaced Gary Moore. Chinatown is one of Thin Lizzy's underrated albums. There are a few weak spots but there are some stand outs. First off, We Will Be Strong is a great opener while the self titled track features some impressive guitar playing from Scott Gorham and Snowy White. Sweetheart is one of the weaker songs but the guitars make up for it. Sugar Blues has a blusey beat to it that I like. Killer On The Loose is the hit single from the album and sounds like the band's attempt at punk. It works! Having A Good Time is an attempt at another anthem but I love it how Phil Lynott sings all the band members' names (Hit me with that drum, Brian!). Genocide is a cool song with a catchy chours. Didn't I is a failed attempt at a ballad while Hey You is a medicore closer. Overall, Chinatown is a cool album and a must have for all Thin Lizzy fans.

chinatown

If you like Thin Lizzy you will love this album....Classic jam from a great band...Lynott is at his very best.....We lost his great talent soon after this album.

Good Stuff

Yet another cassette that I wore out when I was going to college. This is one of my favorite Thin Lizzy albums -- buy it, why don't you?

Biography

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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