Ireland seemed an unlikely place from which a group like Thin Lizzy would emerge - we all had an image of Irish music based on traditional folk and country music. Van Morrison (and his short-lived group Them) had ventured from the Emerald Isle into rock music and made a significant impact, but he seemed to be a one-off. Thin Lizzy changed all that, firmly establishing Irish rock music as a significant force . The Boomtown rats (with Bob Geldof), U2 (with Bono), the Undertones (with Feargal Sharkey), the Cranberries and many other Irish groups have followed Thin Lizzy in making a major impact on the world rock music scene.
Thin Lizzy first made an impact with a hard-rocking version of a traditional Irish folk song, Whiskey in the jar - it made the UK top ten in 1973. If you've heard the song performed in a more traditional style (perhaps by the Dubliners, who typify the traditional image of Irish music), the cover by Thin Lizzy may come as a bit of a shock, but the song sounds great whether performed in a traditional way or by Thin Lizzy. However, that track wasn't really typical of their music. Thereafter, Thin Lizzy abandoned their Irish heritage altogether and focused exclusively on rocking hard but it took a while for them to establish their career.
Three years after their first hit, Thin Lizzy returned to the UK top ten with The boys are back in town, which is much more typical of their sound and was the first of fifteen UK hit singles that Thin Lizzy had between 1976 and 1983, during which time they also made the UK singles chart with an EP. Only two further hits after The boys are back in town (Waiting for an alibi, Killer on the loose) made the UK top ten but several others made the UK top twenty including Don't believe a word, Dancing in the moonlight and Do anything you want.
The first CD of this compilation begins with those fifteen UK hit singles between 1976 and 1983, together with their 1991 hit (Dedication) ant three other tracks. The second CD begins with Whiskey in the jar. The remainder of the second CD contains selected album tracks and some solo recordings by Phil Lynott. Overall, the second CD is not quite up to the quality of the first but it's not far behind.
This is the best Thin Lizzy collection out there. If you like hard rocking music, you'll love this.
am 31. Oktober 2010
Es gibt eine ganze Reihe von Compilations, doch diese ist mit Abstand die kompletteste Zusammenstellung, welche sich auf 2 CDs bannen läßt. Ideal für Einsteiger, doch auch Besitzer diverser Alben von THIN LIZZY werden hier ihren Spaß haben. Enthält u.a. mit "Dedication" einen Nachzügler, welcher gut auf ein Album wie "Black Rose" gepaßt hätte.
am 4. Juli 2009
Die Musik von Thin Lizzy ist heute noch genau so gut wie früher, Rockmusik vom Feinsten. Die unterschiedlichen Charaktere der Musiker Phil Lynott und Gary Moore spiegeln und ergänzen sich in der Musik. Man/frau erlebt beim Zuhören die Entwicklung einer guten Rockband, die sich immer wieder gewandelt hat. Die Fortsetzung hört und erlebt man in den späteren Solo-Alben der Musiker.