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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Thin Lizzy “Live and Dangerous” January 10, 2015

Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....

Had one of those ‘Desert Island Disc’ type discussions over The Christmas and got thinking about what album I really really couldn’t live without. It was tough and eventually I went for “Live and Dangerous” (It narrowly overcame “Live in Seattle” by Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill) . It was a major part of my teenage years blaring out from the old record player in the bedroom. It had what I consider the ultimate Lizzy line up of Phil Lynott, Brian Downey ,Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson. I never got to see them live although did go to a gig in the SFX which was Lizzy without Philo, wasn’t the same of course but the sound of the others live was awesome.
Side One…..The start of the crowd chanting ‘Lizzy, Lizzy ….” and then ‘Jailbreak’ starting is great, then on to probably my favourite Thin Lizzy song ‘Emerald’. then “Southbound” and the brilliant “Rosalie/Cowgirl’s Song”. It was probably the most played side. (that was the problem too with a Double Album… Which side do I put on?)
Side Two starting with the wonderful “Dancing in the Moonlight (It’s Caught Me in Its Spotlight)” , which even made you feel cool listening to it. “Massacre” followed by the mesmeric “Still in Love With You” finishing off with the brilliant funky “Johnny The Fox”.
Side Three and how many times have I listened to “The Cowboy Song” and the way it gells into “The Boys Are Back In Town”, then to “Don’t Believe a Word”, “Warriors” and blaring “Are You Ready”… Are You Ready to Rock!
Side Four opening with “Suicide” , “Sha La La” with it’s Downey drum solo, the bluesy’Baby Drives Me Crazy’ and then finishing with probably my second favourite Lizzy song “The Rocker”

The Full Album


1. WorldbyStorm - January 10, 2015

Fantastic. Always thought it was a great album, but the highlight for me has always been Rosalie.


WorldbyStorm - January 10, 2015

In fact I’d go so far as to say it’s one of my favourite songs ever. I’ve read Bob Segar didn’t mean it as a compliment to the subject though I think Lizzy reposition it as a celebration.


irishelectionliterature - January 11, 2015

Totally, so many great songs though.


2. Dan Turpin - January 11, 2015

In a book on record producers, Tony Visconti claimed that the whole album bar some kick drum was recorded in the studio. Once one member was allowed to change what they had played on stage, they all wanted to. Hence the significant differences between Philo’s introductions and the rest of the sound. Some achievement all the same and would also one of my desert island disks.


WorldbyStorm - January 11, 2015

Kiss were reputed to do much the same!


irishelectionliterature - January 11, 2015

It was said something like 70% was done in the studio , whereas the band said only 30% of it was done in the studio. Still a brilliant album either way.


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