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Editors’ Notes

After the surprise success of Thin Lizzy’s version of the Irish pub ballad, “Whiskey In the Jar” redone as a full-out rocker, the band went into the studio with a greater budget and a determination to be known for more than one track that did not reflect all they could do. While the “classic” Thin Lizzy era was still a few albums away, its roots are here in the phenomenal and aptly named, “The Rocker,” where bassist and singer Phil Lynott really comes alive. The title track continues the excitement with more heated blues-exchanges with guitarist Eric Bell. “Little Girl In Bloom” is an exemplary piece of empathy and gentleness with inspired vocals from Lynott. This collection also features the radio edit version of “Whiskey In the Jar” (the unedited version can be found on Shades of a Blue Orphanage), the Gary Moore and Midge Ure overdubbed version of “Slow Blues,” the single edit of “The Rocker,” additional tracks recorded around that time (“Randolph’s Tango,” “Little Darling”) and plenty of radio broadcasts, including John Peel and Bob Harris sessions.


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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