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Jailbreak, Black Rose, Still Dangerous

Jailbreak, Black Rose, and Still Dangerous (Vertigo)

Reviewed by Raoul Hernandez, Fri., April 24, 2009

Phases and Stages

Thin Lizzy

Jailbreak (Vertigo)

Universal's Back to Black 60th vinyl anniversary series reproduces the stunning die-cut record sleeve of Lizzy's immortality maker. Unfortunately, this 180-gram vinyl skips like its 1976 counterpart, on the opening title track, side-two brand "The Boys Are Back in Town," and even "Cowboy Song." The strum of "Romeo and the Lonely Girl," feeding Scott Gorham's filament solo, plus the twin-guitar hostility of "Warriors" persist.

**

Phases and Stages

Thin Lizzy

Black Rose (Vertigo)

Lizzy iconographer Jim Fitzpatrick pulls back from the band's debut, Vagabonds of the Western World, and sci-fi fry Jailbreak to ink what they called Phil Lynott back in his old town Dublin: Black Rose. Thug life ("Do Anything You Want To"), kinked-up metallic funk ("S & M"), bass sorcery ("Waiting for an Alibi"), and the closing title cut – one of prog rock's darkest blossoms – thrive. 1979.

****

Phases and Stages

Thin Lizzy

Still Dangerous (VH1 Classic)

New CD Still Dangerous: Live at the Tower Theatre Philadelphia 1977 won't have the slight warp of its gatefold counterpart, but neither does it include a bonus 45 with two additional songs. Neither ripping B-side "Bad Reputation" nor LP-mate "Opium Trail" (with altered lyrics) appear on Lizzy's seminal Live and Dangerous. The "sex and sax" of "Dancing in the Moonlight" equals "Massacre."

***.5


See austinchronicle.com/earache for an interview with Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham.

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