Thin Lizzy

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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Thin Lizzy were originally conceived as a power trio in the image of Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, but Eric Bell lacked the charisma of these groups' guitarists, forcing vocalist/bassist Philip Lynott to take center stage from day one. Despite his already poetic, intensely personal lyrics, Lynott was only beginning to develop as a songwriter, and the band's unfocused, folk-infused early efforts are a far cry from their mid-'70s hard rock glory. Recorded on a shoestring budget, their self-titled debut is surprisingly mellow; many songs, such as "Clifton Grange Hotel" and "The Friendly Ranger of Clontarf Castle," sound confused and unfinished. Quiet ballads ...
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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Thin Lizzy were originally conceived as a power trio in the image of Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, but Eric Bell lacked the charisma of these groups' guitarists, forcing vocalist/bassist Philip Lynott to take center stage from day one. Despite his already poetic, intensely personal lyrics, Lynott was only beginning to develop as a songwriter, and the band's unfocused, folk-infused early efforts are a far cry from their mid-'70s hard rock glory. Recorded on a shoestring budget, their self-titled debut is surprisingly mellow; many songs, such as "Clifton Grange Hotel" and "The Friendly Ranger of Clontarf Castle," sound confused and unfinished. Quiet ballads like "Honesty Is No Excuse," "Eire," and "Saga of the Ageing Orphan" abound, while supposed rockers such as "Ray-Gun" and "Return of the Farmer's Son" fall remarkably flat. In fact, Lizzy only bare their claws on "Look What the Wind Blew In," a gutsy rocker that hints at things to come. Four bonus tracks originally released as singles were added to this CD reissue, and of these "Things Ain't Working Out Down at the Farm" is quite memorable, while the mournful "Dublin" contains Lynott's first great lyric.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/1990
  • Label: Polygram Uk
  • UPC: 042282052827
  • Catalog Number: 820528
  • Sales rank: 71,469

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Thin Lizzy Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Phil Lynott Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Vocals
Eric Bell Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Brian Downey Percussion, Drums
Ivor Raymond Keyboards
Technical Credits
Phil Lynott Producer
Scott English Producer
Anthony Hawkins Contributor, Remastering
Nick Tauber Producer
Peter Rynston Engineer
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