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Decades after their heyday, Thin Lizzy remains a name worthy of being dropped by hard-rock fans in the know. (Ask, for instance, Henry Rollins.) Black Rose, though relatively unknown in the U.S., was another massive hit in the Irish band's homeland - and for good reason. Both intimately familiar sounding and boundary-pushing, the disc pounds with the heaviosity of prime Lizzy while offering the sort of sharp melodies that leader Phil Lynott always brought to his songs. There's plenty of friendly city-kid wisdom on display here ("Do Anything You Wanna Do," "Toughest Street in Town"), while "My Sarah," an ode to Lynott's young daughter and "Roisin Dubh (Black Rose)," a roots-conscious epic, carry the listener down new roads without getting pretentious. Meanwhile, a writing collaboration between Lynott and Ultravox's Midge Ure on "Get Out of Here" points the way toward the latter's New Wave-smart solo work.

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Thin Lizzy - A Rock Legend

I am 10 years old. I have been listening to Classic Rock since I was 7 years old. This CD is a forgotten classic. Thanks to my cool Dad I have discovered it. I am amazed by the guitar on Roisin Dubh. You will never hear an Irish song quite like this again. The first Thin Lizzy Cd that I ever heard was Live and Dangerous. It is one of the greatest live CD's ever. I am now discovering how great they were in the studio. There are no bad songs on this CD. All of my friends are into Green Day and Weezer but all I want is some classic rock.

Another Classic

Phil Lynott, along with guitar legend Gary Moore craft a hard rock album for the ages with "Black Rose: A rock legend" Opening with the catchy "Do anything you want to do" The album gets off to a rollicking start. The rest of the album maintains the high standard set by Lizzy to this point with tracks such as "Toughest street in town" "S&M" the incomperable "Waiting for an Alibi" and the rocking "Get out of here" The album ends on strong points too, with "With Love" and "Black Rose" Overall a better, filler-free rock album would be hard to find. The best part is that Lizzy has a great back catalogue, and this album was made towards the end of their run. Just goes to show how much talent there was evident, in this long forgotten, unheralded band. Once you listen to Phil Lynott's voice, it will never leave you, as he was a true poet. Check out his last band, Grand Slam, for more unforgettable songs.

black rose a rock legend-thin lizzy

Another hidden classic. I first purchased a copy of this in England in 1990. No one else has mentioned this- but, I think 'Got to give it up' is a great Lizzy song. And can relate to alot of people on a personal level. Another good song is 'Waiting on a alibi'-classic Thin Lizzy sound.


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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