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With guitarist John Sykes replacing Snowy White (who'd replaced Gary Moore), Thin Lizzy’s 12th and final studio album—1983’s Thunder and Lightning—crackled and rocked with an energy not heard since 1979’s Black Rose. There’s a palpable chemistry between Sykes and lead guitarist Scott Gorham, starting with the opening title track. Phil Lynott’s rapid-fire phrasing comes out throwing punches over hard-muscled riffs that detonate into a wailing call-and-response of guitar leads between Sykes and Gorham. When things simmer down slightly in the tailing “This Is the One,” you can hear the band rock with the near self-referential gusto of its 1977 album Bad Reputation. And the fact that the group still manages to sound like Thin Lizzy under an overcooked pop-metal production only stands as a testament to its musicianship and songwriting. The heady ballad "The Sun Goes Down" was a minor hit and hinted at the solo direction Lynott would pursue before his untimely passing. Sykes experiments with some Eddie Van Halen and Randy Rhodes–inspired fretboard-tapping in the heavy metal standout “Cold Sweat.”

Customer Reviews

Lizzy's last...and one of their best

The last album Thin Lizzy ever produced, "Thunder and Lightning" was an excellent sendoff for a wonderful group. Introducing the extraordinary talents of John Sykes on guitar, Thunder and Lightning is filled with classics. 'The Sun Goes Down' a mesmerizing song if there is one, it makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. 'The Holy War', 'Baby Please Don't Go', 'Bad Habits' , a rocking fun song, and one of my faves in 'Heart Attack'. The belle of the ball as it were, is the absolutely phenomenal 'Cold Sweat' a classic for a reason. The opening riff is one of the best you're ever gonna hear, as Phil Lynott proceeds to spin a tale of stolen money and the chase that comes with it. Worth the price of admission alone.

Rocks harder than all the rest

This is a great surprise! I think I requested iTunes get this on another TL review and now, here it is! Buy the whole damn CD you won't be disappointed. I found this out of print CD used two years ago and was very happy. This was released slightly before Phil's death. References to his heroin problem are present in a few of the songs. For a guy on heroin you wouldn't expect the songs to rock so hard, but they do? Isn't heroin a sedative? Anyways, only two mellow songs on it, which are quite good as well.

Thunder & Lightning

This album can easily contend with Jailbreak or Live and Dangerous as the best Thin Lizzy album. Phil Lynott proves that he can write any style of music that he wanted to. John Sykes' addition to the line up was a great move, too bad the band couldn't stay together for another album or two just to see what they could've done. I cannot forget to mention Scott Gorham's great guitar skills on this album even though it seems John Sykes stole the show on 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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