If you peruse the Thin Lizzy history books, you will find agreement overall that the early 1976 album ‘Jailbreak’ was their breakout LP.
Written by: gdmonline
ARTIST: Thin Lizzy
SERIAL: 9102 008
CD REISSUE: Reissue List
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Ireland
LINEUP: Phil Lynott – lead vocals, bass * Scott Gorham – lead guitar * Brian Robertson – lead guitar * Brian Downey – drums
TRACK LISTING: 01 Jailbreak * 02 Angel From The Coast * 03 Running Back * 04 Romeo And The Lonely Girl * 05 Warriors * 06 The Boys Are Back In Town * 07 Fight Or Fall * 08 Cowboy Song * 09 Emerald
If you peruse the Thin Lizzy history books, you will find agreement overall that the early 1976 album ‘Jailbreak’ was their breakout LP. The band by this stage had become a twin guitar band, with both Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson combining well as a unit, despite a fractious environment with the band generally.
Lizzy’s prior two albums had issues, 1974’s ‘Nightlife’ was beset by a weak production from American producer Ron Nevison, while 1975’s ‘Fighting’ was produced by Phil Lynott himself, which probably wasn’t a good idea.. However, the style developed on that album segued into ‘Jailbreak’ and more or less became a template for the next three studio albums to follow.
Released in March 1976, the album featured two hit singles, including the monstrously successful ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’ and the title-track ‘Jailbreak’. Both songs showcasing the Gorham/Robertson combination as a six-string tag-team. Other songs which stood out were ‘Emerald’, ‘Warrior’ and ‘Cowboy Song’, all highlighting Lynott’s preference to write about the down-trodden and under-privileged.
Lizzy’s 1976 ‘Jailbreak’ tour was cut short due to a hepatitis illness to Lynott, It meant that two albums were released by the band during 1976, with ‘Johnny The Fox’ following later in the year.
The Boys Are Back In Town
Entire Album (Select Tracks)
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