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Thin Lizzy – Are You Ready? DVD – Live 1981

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I’ve had the bootleg version of this 1981 Rockpalast show for many years and am glad to see that it’s finally coming out 135474-largeofficially.  It’s a great show.  It always made me giggle that the bootleg had Angel of Death listed as “Desaster”.  It made me giggle even more to see that the official version kept the title the same.

If you like Thin Lizzy, this is a must have.  Snowy White on guitars with Gorham.  Lots of cool tracks on here too like Memory Pain(!!!), Got To Give It Up, Hollywood, Desaster and Chinatown.  Can’t wait to get the official version in my hands.  Release date in the USA is November 10, 2009.

1. Are You Ready?
2. Genocide (The Killing Of The Buffalo)
3. Waiting For An Alibi
4. Jailbreak
5. Trouble Boys
6. Don’t Believe A Word
7. Memory Pain
8. Got To Give It Up
9. Chinatown
10. Hollywood (Down On Your Luck)
11. The Cowboy Song
12. The Boys Are Back In Town
13. Suicide
14. Black Rose (Roisin Dubh A Rock Legend)
15. Sugar Blues
16. Baby Drives Me Crazy
17. Rosalie
18. Desaster
19. Emerald

Buy it from your local indie record store or online at  Great prices and always free shipping.

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November 6, 2009 at 9:27 am

RIP Phil.

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60 years ago today one of my favorite singer/songwriters was born.  Such a shame the way he ruined his body and soul.


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August 20, 2009 at 4:26 pm

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That woman, she was on old flame of mine…

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When I look back at Thin Lizzy’s catalogue, it blows my mind that the Johnny The Fox  album wasn’t more popular.  Thin Lizzy - Johnny The FoxOther than the final track, Boogie Woogie Dance, it’s damn near perfect.  Phil sings his heart out on this.  Oddly enough the album is played a half-step down from standard tuning.  I had read a while back that Phil wrote most of while recovering from Hepatitis and tuning down made the songs easier to sing.

Thank God for Hepatitis, eh?

There’s a lot of romanticism and sadness on this album of varying degrees.  Borderline and Old Flame always tug at my heartstrings for various reasons…loves from days gone by.  Phil really had a way of stringing words and phrases together.

Selected verses from Borderline:

Midnight in the big city
At the bar drinking all on my own
Just thinking about that girl and me
How something’s going wrong

Seven beers and still sober
It’s time to change to something stronger
I cannot take this scene no longer
She could have told me it’s all over

Back in my home town
The old place is still the same
But time can cast a spell over something
You can’t go back again

It’s just love or rejection
For this borderline case

No shit, Phil.  I feel ya.  And from Old Flame:

Once this flame it did brightly blaze
Among the ashes there still remains
A glowing spark in my heart
For that old flame of mine

Dude, that’s what I mean.  Old crushes can sometimes die hard (with a vengeance?) .  OK, that was weak.

Then the sarcastic tone of Don’t Believe a Word:

Don’t believe me if I tell you
That I wrote this song for you
There might be some other silly pretty girl
I’m singing it to

Don’t believe me if I tell you
Not a word of this is true
Don’t believe me if I tell you
Especially if I tell you that I’m in love with you

The man…a lot of it is in how he sings it too.  Such a unique vocalist.

Then you have Fool’s Gold.  The romantic notion of leaving your homeland in hopes of finding gold, only to end up with fool’s gold.  Oddly the song takes some odd lyrical turns and tells some other stories that don’t seem so related to the initial subject, but it’s still a great tune.

Then…Massacre.  This song rules.  It’s very metal for 1976.  Iron Maiden did an incredible cover of this.

The song Johnny, Rocky and Johnny the Fox Meets Jimmy the Weed and are 3 great rocking tunes as well.  Rounding it out is Sweet Marie.  A nice little love song about missing his woman while he’s out on the road.

If you’re even mildly a Thin Lizzy fan, this is one album that needs to be in your collection.

Enjoy the tunes.

RIP Phil.

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July 22, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Impending disaster?

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Ever just get a sense of impending doom?  I got it today.  It hit me like a huge wave.  I have no idea what it is/was/will be about, but it stopped me in my tracks.



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April 22, 2009 at 11:41 am