"Still Dangerous: Live at the Tower Theatre Philadelphia 1977" (VH-1 Classics; 2009)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

This is an official release of the hugely popular bootleg of the legendary Thin Lizzy live in concert in Philadelphia 1977. The band sounds truly great here. Their enthusiasm and stage presence light up the performance and, as on their classic "Live and Dangerous" album, the band's reputation for great live shows is confirmed here with their great style and musicianship.

Not only is the band in top form, but the recording sounds awesome as well. "Still Dangerous" is more raw than "Live and Dangerous" (which was released at the height of the "live with enhancements" era) and keeps a little bit of the dangerous edge of a real bootleg.

Interestingly, I was unfamiliar with the last track on the CD (or I had forgotten it), "Me and the Boys." What makes it interesting is that guitarist Brian Robertson later left the band to join Motorhead, and this track has a little bit of a Motorhead sound to it, at least along the lines of the one album Robertson recorded with that band, "Another Perfect Day."

I'm certain there are many arguments over whether this official version is better than the original bootleg version, the least of which is not that this CD only includes about two-thirds of that evening's performance. Still, this is the easy one to find and, if you're a Thin Lizzy fan, it's certainly worth having in your collection.

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"Thunder and Lightning" (Wounded Bird; 1990)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Thin Lizzy's last studio album with the late Phil Lynott was one of their best, a true classic which showed the band at its best, offering songs that could hammer you into the ground or that could make your soul soar. I know there are those who will argue that the band was at their best in the early years with Brian Robertson on guitar rather than John Sykes here. I don't agree. A longtime Thin Lizzy fan, "Thunder and Lightning" is one of my all time favorite records. That's not to take anything away from Robertson, it's just to say how great this record is.

Opening the CD is the title track, arguably the heaviest track Thin Lizzy ever recorded. With its irresistible anthemic chorus ("Like thunder and lightning; goddamn, it's so exciting; it'll hit you like a hammer; goddamn!") this song will get any heavy rock fan's blood pumping. The remaining eight songs on the CD aren't as heavy (although "Cold Sweat" the only song co-written by Sykes on this CD, comes close), but they are so original, so well-written and so well-produced that there isn't a single incident of "filler" on the album. Every song stands on its own as a hit, but "This is the One," "The Sun Goes Down," "The Holy War" and "Cold Sweat" stand out.

"Thunder and Lightning" isn't the only great Thin Lizzy CD by a longshot, but it's a fine example of a great band's work and a true measure of the loss rock'n'roll suffered with the untimely death of the legendary Phil Lynott.

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"Thin Lizzy" (Mercury Records; 1971)

Reviewed by Snidermann

Thin Lizzy's first album was released in 1971, just a bit before my time but what the hell. Everyone has heard "The Boys Are Back In Town" or
"Jailbreak," but I wanted to delve into the early stuff, the music not many have heard or have forgotten.

From the beginning of my research into Thin Lizzy, I found that the bass takes the place of, not only rhythm guitar, but in some cases it's the lead musical instrument! So, saying that, I also discovered that the vocals and bass play such a prominent role in their music that it developed into something not heard in music before.

Honestly, I'm at a loss for just what this combination is all about. The nearest I can figure out it is that it reminds me of Iron Maiden maybe even Motorhead. This music is tight, in-your-face and plays no favorites when it comes to what you think should happen. When it happens, it just happens.

Just go back and listen to this legendary band's debut recording and you will ask yourself, just as I did, what the hell am I listening to? This music was released almost fifty years ago and I still can not quite put it in a category. But I do know this: this shit kicks fucking ass.

Thin Lizzy is truly one of the best original rock'n'roll of all time.

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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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