Bootlegs & other Rare Recordings
. Thin Lizzy - Remembering, Part 1 (CDR)
Of the three 'Remembering' bootlegs, this one has the best sound, although it is nowhere near perfect either. The inclusion of a rare live version of "Romeo And The Lonely Girl" was quite nice. Several tracks sound like raw versions of what appeared on the officially released "Live and Dangerous" disc. As with many live platters, "Live and Dangerous" had many overdubs and fixes. So regardless if some of these tracks are the same, they are not exactly the same. It may also just have been that these were all recorded on the same tour, which they were.
My original copy of this disc was one of those eBay nightmares. I saw it being sold for $30 but the seller did not say whether it was an original or a CDR copy so I emailed the seller and asked him. He confirmed that it was an original disc that he picked up from somewhere in NYC. So, I win the bid and what do you think I get? CDR copies! Argh!!! I wouldn't really have minded so much but the dang things were not even recorded properly and have spaces between each song, which is quite annoying on a live CD. Hey CDR recorders, us DISC AT ONCE! So now I am dealing with a fraud claim on eBay. Isn't that just great!
Ahhh, but thanks to another wonderful Thin Lizzy fan, I now have a perfect copy of this recording without the gaps and that new sweet black cover pictured above! (Thanks Paul) The original cover is to the smaller image to the right.
- Remembering, Part II (CDR)
The worst sound of the three "Remembering" bootlegs. Unlike disc one, however, this disc is made up of only one show recorded at New York's Madison Square Gardens. To bad the sound quality is so poor.
Thin Lizzy - Soldiers
of Fortune (CDR)
Not a terrible recording, considering this sounds to be an audience recording. The show itself is excellent. 1977 was a prime year for Thin Lizzy, when they were at the top of the heap, and this show certainly testifies to that. Thin Lizzy were regular guests to the Reading Festival up until 1983 when the band made their final appearance before the death of Phil Lynott.
Thin Lizzy - Storming the Tower
1. "Soldier of Fortune/Jailbreak" (9:35)
Outstanding live show from the classic Thin Lizzy line-up who were on tour supporting the Bad Reputation album. The sound quality here is album quality. This show was partially featured on "Remembering Part 1". (Thanks Paul)
Thin Lizzy - Should Have Been in By 10 (CDR)
Excellent show, complete with drum solos, guitar solos and all the stuff that made a Thin Lizzy concert such a spectacle. "Sha La La" live simply shreds, as does "Baby Drives Me Crazy," "Emerald," and "Massacre." Shoot the whole show is excellent. "Me and the Boys" is a song that I don't think was ever recorded by the band, and one that I had not heard before receiving this bootleg. The sound quality on this boot isn't bad, although not perfect. Still completely listenable and enjoyable.
Thin Lizzy - Boys Are Back In Town: Live In Australia (Nippon Crown
Excellent show with Gary Moore on guitar, along with Scott Gorham. One strange thing is that Brian Downey is not present, instead American drummer Mark Nauseef is behind the kit. Fabulous song selection complete with extended guitar solos, band introductions, and some Lynott crowd interaction. The packaging of this Japanese bootleg is very nice, right down to the color photographs that all come from the show that is on the disc. Even the front cover photo is correct, with Mark in the shot, rather than Brian Downey. The sound quality isn't great, but isn't terrible either, however, the quality does wavers a bit throughout.
Thin Lizzy - Out on Bail (CDR)
Recorded live in Preston, Europe and released on Big Music (KTS/BIG 006) in Italy. Unfortunately for know I only have a CDR copy of this disc with color printouts of the cover art.
Thin Lizzy - Final Lightning (CDR)
Yet another killer Lizzy boot. This one was recorded during the last days of Thin Lizzy. However, according to Phil's between song chatter, this was the first liver performance for John Sykes with Thin Lizzy. The soundboard recording is quite good, sounding almost album quality. Apparently this show was broadcast on the BBC. The selection of tracks is short, but still features some choice songs, including "The Sun Goes Down," "Cold Sweat", "This Is The One" and "Holy War", all excellent songs from the band's final studio output "Thunder & Lightning."
Thin Lizzy - Remembering,
Part III (CDR)
And Lightning" (5:17)
The best show overall of the three Remembering bootlegs. The sound quality is not great, but not nearly as bad as disc two. The material here is what makes this disc so good. Part III features a smattering of material from almost every era of the band's career. John Sykes is a great guitarist as well and really adds to the sound here.
Thin Lizzy - BBC Radio One Live in Concert (Winsong/BBC) 1994
Thin Lizzy are one of the few bands whose live albums are better than their studio albums. Somehow they manage to capture that live, raw energy that just makes the songs that much better. This live broadcast was recorded from the last night of the 1983 Reading Rock Festival and was the last time that Thin Lizzy performed in Britain before the tragic death of Phil Lynott. A great performance by a great band. This disc is a bit hard to find but I got lucky and found this one new at a chain store for $3.99.
Thin Lizzy - Peel Sessions (Strange Fruit) 1994
in the Jar" (5:52)
Every review I have ever read of this disc rates it as tip notch; one of the best Thin Lizzy compilations to ever be released. The only problem with this is that it is also one of the rarest Thin Lizzy discs. Occasionally I see copies on eBay and they always sell for well above $30. I myself have bid on it several times, only to be outbid by someone willing to pay much more than I am. Well, I finally won a copy for the bargain price of $21.03 plus $4 shipping. Before I get any more emails, however, NO I am not willing to part with this CD. I didn't even get the disc in the mail yet and I was already getting requests from people to trade or sell it. In any case, "The Peel Sessions" features live in the studio versions of great Lizzy tunes recorded between 1972 and 1977 for John Peel's 70's BBC radio show. According to AMG, this is the only "Peel Sessions" release to include liner notes written by John Peel himself. I suppose this fact alone makes the disc collectible. However, tat is the music contained herein that I am most interested in. Despite being recorded live, the musicianship is tight and the band sounds excellent on each and every track. As with most BBC releases, the production is a bit more raw than the studio versions. This actually enhances the Thin Lizzy cuts, especially the older material. The packaging isn't bad, but isn't great either. One nice thing about it is that the recording dates were included for each song. The liner notes are an interesting read as well. John Peel mentions that Thin Lizzy recorded over 43 individual songs for the show. He also mentions that they recorded two versions of "Black Boys in the Corner." To bad this didn't also appear on the disc. Hmmm, perhaps in the future another Peel Sessions will be issued.
One question for all the Thin Lizzy maniacs who might happen to read this. Does anyone have any idea who is singing with Phil Lynott on "Still in Love With You?" The song is sung as a duet, but there is no listing of who sang on the track other than Phil Lynott. I'd be interested to know. Some have suggested it might be either Gary Moore, or Frankie Miller. The lyrics to 'Still In Love With You' are also completely different from the version found on the 'Night Life' disc.
ye shall receive:
10th anniversary of Phil Lynott's death, this new "best of" collection
was issued in most parts of the world except for America. (That figures!)
The Euro-version was a single disc that contained 19 tracks but nothing that
had not already been released, so it was really nonessential, with the possible
exception of the two Gary Moore tracks. ("Out in the Fields" &. "Parisienne Walkways")
The Japanese version, however, contains this awesome bonus disc comprised
of 10 rare live performances.
A quick check on eBay proved that the disc is ultra rare, selling for $50+. One odd thing about this disc, however, is that the very song in which the compilation was named is not included on either disc.
Thin Lizzy - Deluxe BBC Files (Five Dollar Records) 2000
A collection of studio recordings made for various BBC Radio sessions (disc 1 & disc 2, tracks 1 - 11). Disc 2 tracks 12 - 18 were officially released live recordings that apparently only appeared on a Japanese box set. Being that most of this material is basically live in the studio and the live recordings are all direct from the soundboard, the sound quality on this bootleg is outstanding. There are a few mistakes in the tracks listing and a few bad cuts at the ends of some songs, but otherwise a stellar two disc set. The worst cut is "Johnny the Fox Meets Jimmy the Weed," which only has about half of the song. One of the more interesting songs is the early slide guitar version of "Suicide," which is pretty radically different from the original. "Things Aren't Working Out Down on the Farm" is another very rare track. "Sha La La" is a favorite tracks of mine, and the BBC version, while sounding like it was recorded in a studio, has a live feel to it with the drum solo included. Tracks 13-16 have been released on the "Peel Session" CD. put out by Strange Fruit. Tracks 12-18 were also released on the Japanese double version of "Wild One" and are of a higher sound quality that the seven tracks on this bootleg.
A budget repackaging of "One Night Only," live in Germany 1999, with new artwork and the songs switched in order. A disc for the Lizzy collector like myself, who must own everything with their name on it, or for those who are just wanting to check out some of the band's material. This disc was given to me as a birthday gift from a friend. (thanks Arttie) For a more complete review, check out the review of "One Night Only" in the Thin Lizzy CD. Collection.
Thin Lizzy – Classic Airwaves (American Legends Ltd) 2005