Thin Lizzy

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Thin Lizzy are a hard 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. The singles "Whiskey in the Jar" (a traditional Irish ballad), "Jailbreak", and "The Boys Are Back in Town" were 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 featured several 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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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 The 70s Collection Various Artists 1
2011 Totally 70s Various Artists 1
2016 NOW That’s What I Call 70s Various Artists 1
2017 NOW That’s What I Call Driving Rock Various Artists 1
Felg i Solnedgang Glenn Rodney Skog & Finn Bjelke 1
The Tom Dunne Selection Various Artists 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1973 Pure Rock 1973 Various Artists 1
1975 Pure Rock 1975 Various Artists 1
1984 Remember The 70's (Volume 5) Various Artists 1
1986 Ultimate Breaks & Beats, Volume 12 Various Artists 1
1987 The Best of Rock Legends Various Artists 1
1988 21 Years of Alternative Radio 1 Various Artists 1
1988 25 Years of Rock ’n’ Roll: 1973: 20 of the Year’s Greatest Tracks Various Artists 1
1988 Baby Boomer Classics: Electric Seventies Various Artists 1
1989 The Marquee: 30 Legendary Years Various Artists 2
1989 Hifi Visionen: Best of Oldies Various Artists 1
1990 Back in Time... The Sound of the Seventies Various Artists 1
1990 Giants of Rock: The Metal Decade, Volume 1: 1980-81 Various Artists 1
1990 Pop Classics: 28 Classic Tracks Various Artists 1
1990 Stereoplay Special CD 48: Hard&Heavy Various Artists 1
1991 Power and the Glory Various Artists 1
1991 Burning Hearts Various Artists 1
1991 Easy Livin' - Rock of the Seventies Various Artists 2
1991 Marquee Metal Various Artists 1
1991 Reelin' in the Years, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1991 Rock & Pop Diamonds 1976 Various Artists 1
1991 Rock Guitar Legends Vol2 Various Artists 1
1991 Soft Metal Ballads Various Artists 1
1991 Sounds of the Seventies: 1976, Take Two Various Artists 1
1991 Superhits of the 70's Various Artists 1
1991 The Best of the Old Grey Whistle Test Various Artists 1
1991 The Rock Collection: Rock Groups Various Artists 1
1991 The Rock Collection: Rock Heroes Various Artists 1
1991 The Rock Collection: Rock Hits Various Artists 1
1992 70’s Greatest Rock Hits, Volume 14: Kings of Rock Various Artists 1
1992 All-Time Great Rock Classics Various Artists 1
1992 Back to the 70’s, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1992 Born to Be Wild, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1992 Classic Rock Box: WNEW-FM 25th Anniversary Collection Various Artists 1
1992 Countdown Rock Ballads Various Artists 1
1992 Rock Art Various Artists 1
1992 Rock Busters, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1992 Rock of the 70's, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1992 Rock Power Various Artists 1
1992 The Boys Are Back in Town Various Artists 1
1992 The Rock Collection: Hard 'n' Heavy Various Artists 1
1992 The Rock Collection: UK Rock Various Artists 1
1992 Welcome to The Hard Rock Cafe Various Artists 1
1993 Basically Blewitt Various Artists 1
1993 Blinded by the Light Various Artists 1
1993 Born to Be Wild II Various Artists 1
1993 Classic Pop Various Artists 1
1993 Glam Rock Various Artists 1
1993 Metal CD, Volume 14 Various Artists 1
1993 RCD Live Collection 15 Various Artists 1
1993 Rock Dreams Various Artists 1
1993 The Chart Show: Ultimate Rock 2 Various Artists 1
1993 The Chart Show: Ultimate Rock Album Various Artists 1
1993 The Rock Collection: Rock Passion Various Artists 1
1994 The Best Rock Album in the World... Ever! Various Artists 4
1994 Rock Inferno Various Artists 1
1994 Burning Heart Various Artists 1
1994 It's Only Rock 'n' Roll... but We Like It! Various Artists 1
1994 Rock Various Artists 1
1994 Rock Anthems Various Artists 1
1994 The 70's: 1979 Various Artists 1
1994 The Rock Collection, Volume 1: Let's Rock Together Various Artists 1
1994 The Vorspiel Collection 2 Various Artists 1
1994 Top Gear Various Artists 1
1994 Very Best of the 70's, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1995 The Best Rock Album in the World... Ever! II Various Artists 3 1
1995 The No.1 70's Rock Album Various Artists 1
1995 Rock of Ages Various Artists 1
1995 Celtic Moods: A Celtic Companion to Pure Moods Various Artists 1
1995 Feel Like Making Love Various Artists 1
1995 Goldtop: Groups & Sessions 1974–1994 Snowy White 1
1995 Rock Festival Various Artists 1
1995 The No. 1 All Time Rock Album Various Artists 1
1995 Wild Rock 2 Various Artists 1
1996 Forever Celtic Various Artists 1
1996 Wild CD 05 Various Artists 1
1996 And the Road Goes On Forever, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1996 Classic Rock: 1978-1979 Various Artists 1
1996 Classic Rock: Born to Be Wild Various Artists 1
1996 Classic Rock: We Will Rock You Various Artists 2
1996 F1 Rock Various Artists 1
1996 Joey Vendetta Presents: 300% Pure Rock Various Artists 1
1996 Maximum Power Various Artists 1
1996 Power Rock: 35 Rock Classics Various Artists 1
1996 The Sax Album Various Artists 1
1996 We Will Rock You Various Artists 5 1
1997 The Heat Is On Various Artists 1
1997 Whiskey in the Jar Various Artists 1
1997 The Number One 70's Album Various Artists 1
1997 1973 - Die Stars - Die Hits - Die Facts Various Artists 1
1997 Burning Heart 2 Various Artists 1
1997 Classic Rock: 1974–1975 Various Artists 2
1997 Classic Rock: 1976-1977 Various Artists 1
1997 Eighteen Rock Hard Hits Vol. 1 Various Artists 1
1997 Licht aus! Spot an! Best of Disco Various Artists 1

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