"A Tribute to Thin Lizzy" (Nidus Music Productions; 2007)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton


Rude Awakening's "A Tribute to Thin Lizzy" is a loving tribute from a band with ties going way back with the original band, including direct links with Philomena Lynott, mother of the legendary Phil Lynott.

The result is a 13-track collection of some of the best Thin Lizzy tracks, including both those well-known and not-so-well-known, performed by a band that not so much wants to emulate the classic band's sound but duplicate it. Every track on this tribute CD is played note-for-note how the original band played it and it's played well. It's almost as though the original band was around to re-record these tracks with modern equipment and just a little bit more distortion in the guitars.

Thin Lizzy fans will be thrilled with the respectful and faithful renditions of Thin Lizzy classics, while fans of Rude Awakening and fans new to either band will find something worth seeking out in both.

Not your typical tribute album, "A Tribute to Thin Lizzy" stands heads and shoulders above the rest, due to Rude Awakenings genuine respect, admiration and loyalty to Thin Lizzy.

Rude Awakening: Robert Ryder, John "Gumby" Goodwin, Mitch Urban, Bill Sablan, Kai Ballard.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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