Thin Lizzy

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Thin Lizzy are a rock band formed in Dublin, Ireland in 1969. Two of the founding members, drummer Brian Downey and bass guitarist and lead vocalist Phil Lynott, met while still in school. Lynott led the group throughout their recording career of twelve studio albums, writing most of the material. Thin Lizzy's most successful songs, "Whiskey in the Jar" (a traditional Irish ballad), "Jailbreak" and "The Boys Are Back in Town", were all major international hits. After Lynott's death in 1986, various incarnations of the band 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 their debut album All Hell Breaks Loose. Thin Lizzy plan to reunite for occasional concerts.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 Thin Lizzy Thin Lizzy 3
1972 Shades of a Blue Orphanage Thin Lizzy 3
1973 Vagabonds of the Western World Thin Lizzy 6
1974 Nightlife Thin Lizzy 3
1974 Studio Sessions 1974 Thin Lizzy 1
1975 Fighting Thin Lizzy 5
1976 Johnny the Fox Thin Lizzy 7
1976 Jailbreak Thin Lizzy 9
1977 Bad Reputation Thin Lizzy 5
1979 Black Rose: A Rock Legend Thin Lizzy 8
1980 Chinatown Thin Lizzy 5
1981 Renegade Thin Lizzy 5
1983 Thunder and Lightning Thin Lizzy 6
2002 The Hero and the Madman Thin Lizzy 1
Black Rose Sessions Thin Lizzy 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1976 Remembering, Part 1 Thin Lizzy 2
1976 Remembering Part 1 Thin Lizzy 1
1987 Best Of: Soldier of Fortune Thin Lizzy 2
1987 The Collection Thin Lizzy 1
1991 Dedication: The Very Best of Thin Lizzy Thin Lizzy 4 3
1993 Rockers Thin Lizzy 1
1996 Whiskey in the Jar Thin Lizzy 2
1996 Wild One: The Very Best of Thin Lizzy Thin Lizzy 1
1999 Millennium Edition Thin Lizzy 3
2001 Vagabonds Kings Warriors Angels Thin Lizzy 1
2004 Thin Lizzy: Greatest Hits Thin Lizzy 2
2006 The Definitive Collection Thin Lizzy 1
2007 The Rocker Thin Lizzy 1
2007 Colour Collection Thin Lizzy 1
2010 Ultimate Thin Lizzy Thin Lizzy 1
2011 Waiting for an Alibi: The Collection Thin Lizzy 1
2011 Icon Thin Lizzy 1
2012 Collected Thin Lizzy 1
Lizzy Killers Thin Lizzy 1
Sessions 1971-73 Thin Lizzy 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 Live and Dangerous Thin Lizzy 6
1983 Life Thin Lizzy 3
1992 BBC Radio One Live in Concert Thin Lizzy 1
1993 The Boys Are Back in Town Thin Lizzy 2
1994 The Peel Sessions Thin Lizzy 1
2000 One Night Only Thin Lizzy 1
2001 Extended Versions Thin Lizzy 2
2008 UK Tour 75 Thin Lizzy 1
2009 Still Dangerous: Live at Tower Theatre Philadelphia 1977 Thin Lizzy 1
2011 Live in London 2011 Thin Lizzy 1
2011 At the BBC Thin Lizzy 1
2013 Live 2012 O2 Shepherds Bush Empire London Thin Lizzy 1
1974-04-14: Gary's Jig, Locarno, Bristol, UK Thin Lizzy 1
1975-09-06: Ludwigshafen, Germany Thin Lizzy 1
1976-03-15: Birmingham Breakout: Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham, UK Thin Lizzy 1
1976-05-14: Live in Rock City: Ford Auditorium, Detroit, MI, USA Thin Lizzy 1
1983-05-23: Thunder & Lightning in Tokyo: Kaseinenkin Hall, Tokyo, Japan Thin Lizzy 1
Fairwell Tour U.S.A. 1983 Thin Lizzy 1
Sha La Live Thin Lizzy 1
Tower Theatre, Philadelphia 1977 Complete Edition Thin Lizzy 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 The Farmer Thin Lizzie 1
1972 Whisky in the Jar Thin Lizzy 1
1973 Randolph's Tango Thin Lizzy 1
1973 The Rocker Thin Lizzy 1
1974 Little Darling Thin Lizzy 1
1976 The Boys Are Back in Town / Jailbreak Thin Lizzy 1
1979 Sarah Thin Lizzy 1
1981 Trouble Boys Thin Lizzy 1

Single + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 The Boys Are Back in Town / I'm Not in Love Thin Lizzy / 10cc 3


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 New Day Thin Lizzy 1
1991 Dedication Thin Lizzy 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Killers Live Thin Lizzy 1
1978-09-05: Paradise by the Soundboard: Paradise Theatre, Boston, MA, USA Thin Lizzy 1

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