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"Thunder And Lightning"
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Year of Release: 1983
Thunder And Lightning
This Is The One
The Sun Goes Down
The Holy War
Someday She Is Going
To Hit Back
Baby Please Don't Go
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"Thunder And Lightning"
1983's Thunder And Lightning was the last studio album by Phil
Lynott and Thin Lizzy. Lead singer Lynott died of a drug overdose in 1986.
Thin Lizzy was best remembered for the hits contained on Jailbreak:
The title track, and most especially, "The Boys Are Back In Town."
Their remaining studio albums may not contain as huge hits as Jailbreak,
yet they are not to be passed up. Being a 3-piece band, Lynott has been compared
to Jimi Hendrix, being a black bassist, leading a band with white musicians,
and writing/co-writing his own songs. Thin Lizzy's albums (like Hendrix's)
were truly outstanding, and will be enjoyed by hard-rock fans, past, present
The title track kicks off the album, and it has a strong comparison to the
Aerosmith sound. Lynott's voice sounds weary though, maybe not as strong as
previous albums. His voice is better (and throughout the rest of the album)
on "This Is The One" -- and the band's sound is strong and tight, and
defines a great hard-rock style that would later be influenced by many future
1980s rock bands. "The Sun Goes Down" is a bit mellower as the other
hard-rockers on this album, yet Lynott's voice is smooth and cool throughout.
"The Holy War" definitely has the 1980s hard-rock sound, that would
become much popular later at the end of the decade. "Cold Sweat" is
another strong hard-rocker, as in such bands as Deep Purple and Rainbow. But
it's Lynott's voice that is the giveaway as being Thin Lizzy.
"Someday She Is Going To Hit Back" brings back the traditional Thin
Lizzy sound from past releases, with blazing 1980s updated guitar works.
Die-hard fans of Thin Lizzy's past releases will enjoy the next two songs,
"Baby Please Don't Go" and "Bad Habits" -- It's the old and
enjoyable Thin Lizzy sound that truly rocks. "Heart Attack," the
album's closing tune has the updated 1980s hard-rock sound for Thin Lizzy.
And it is strange to hear Phil Lynott singing in "Heart Attack" -- "Mama, I'm
dying, dying..." 3 years later, sad to say, Phil Lynnot died as a result from
a drug overdose.
Thin Lizzy was updating their sound with what would be known as the "1980s
Hair Band" sound. Yet their old style is heard on some songs, Thin Lizzy was
still a force to be reckoned with. Even though some previous releases may have
been better than Thunder And Lightning, Thin Lizzy was getting older,
(like many other bands). Their edge was not completely gone, they still knew
how to rock, and we can only imagine what Thin Lizzy would have accomplished
had Phil Lynott not experimented with drugs, which would be the cause of his
death in 1986. (The same can be said for Hendrix, and many other rock stars
who succumbed to drug and/or alcohol abuse.) All in all, Thin Lizzy's music
will be carried on to generations to come, and will be an influence to artists
now, and beyond.
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