Thin Lizzy

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Thin Lizzy are an Irish rock band formed in Dublin in 1969. Two of the founding members, drummer Brian Downey and bass guitarist and vocalist Phil Lynott, met while still in school. Lynott assumed the role of frontman and led them throughout their recording career of twelve studio albums. Thin Lizzy's most successful songs, "Whiskey in the Jar", "Jailbreak" and "The Boys Are Back in Town", were all major international hits which are still played regularly on hard rock and classic rock radio stations. After Lynott's death in 1986, various incarnations of the band have emerged over the years based initially around guitarists Scott Gorham and John Sykes, though Sykes left the band in 2009. Gorham later continued with a new line-up including Downey.

Lynott, Thin Lizzy's de facto leader, was composer or co-composer of almost all of the band's songs, and the first black Irishman to achieve commercial success in the field of rock music. Thin Lizzy boasted some of the most critically acclaimed guitarists throughout their history, with Downey and Lynott as the rhythm section, on the drums and bass guitar. As well as being multiracial, the band drew their members not only from both sides of the Irish border but also from both the Catholic and Protestant communities during The Troubles. Their music reflects a wide range of influences, including blues, soul music, psychedelic rock, and traditional Irish folk music, but is generally classified as hard rock or sometimes heavy metal. Rolling Stone magazine describes the band as distinctly hard rock, "far apart from the braying mid-70s metal pack".

AllMusic critic John Dougan has written that "As the band's creative force, Lynott was a more insightful and intelligent writer than many of his ilk, preferring slice-of-life working-class dramas of love and hate influenced by Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, and virtually all of the Irish literary tradition." Van Morrison, Jeff Beck and Jimi Hendrix were major influences during the early days of the band, and later influences included the pioneering twin lead guitars found in Wishbone Ash and American artists Little Feat and Bob Seger.

In 2012, Gorham and Downey decided against recording new material as Thin Lizzy so a new band, Black Star Riders, was formed to tour and produce new releases such as the All Hell Breaks Loose album. Thin Lizzy plan to reunite for occasional concerts.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1971 Thin Lizzy 4
1972 Shades of a Blue Orphanage 3
1973 Vagabonds of the Western World 6
1974 Night Life 3
1975 Fighting 4
1976 Johnny the Fox 7
1976 Jailbreak 8
1977 Bad Reputation 5
1979 Black Rose: A Rock Legend 7
1980 Chinatown 5
1981 Renegade 3
1983 Thunder and Lightning 6
1994 The Peel Sessions 1
2002 The Hero and the Madman 1
2013 Renegade 2
The Boys Are Back in Town 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1976 Remembering, Part 1 2
1976 Remembering Part 1 1
1987 Best Of: Soldier of Fortune 2
1987 The Collection 1
1991 Dedication: The Very Best of Thin Lizzy 4 2
1993 Rockers 1
1996 Whiskey in the Jar 2
1996 Wild One: The Very Best of Thin Lizzy 1
2000 Millennium Edition 1
2001 Vagabonds Kings Warriors Angels 1
2004 Thin Lizzy: Greatest Hits 2
2007 The Rocker 1
2011 Waiting for an Alibi: The Collection 1
2011 Icon 1
2012 Collected 1
Lizzy Killers 1
The Definitive Collection 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1978 Live and Dangerous 4
1983 Life 3
1992 BBC Radio One Live in Concert 1
1993 The Boys Are Back in Town 2
2000 One Night Only 1
2001 Extended Versions 2
2008 UK Tour 75 1
2009 Still Dangerous: Live at Tower Theatre Philadelphia 1977 1
2011 Live in London 2011 1
2011 At the BBC 1
2013 Live 2012 O2 Shepherds Bush Empire London 1
Fairwell Tour U.S.A. 1983 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1972 Whisky in the Jar 1
1973 Randolph's Tango 1
1973 The Rocker 1
1976 The Boys Are Back in Town / Jailbreak 1
1981 Trouble Boys 1

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