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Thin Lizzy - Black Rose
Label: Phantom
Release: 1979

Do Anything You Want To
Toughest Street In Town
S & M
Waiting For An Alibi
Got To Give It Up
Get Out of Here
With Love
Roisin Dubh (Black Rose) A Rock Legend
---i. Shenandoah
---ii. Will You Go Lassy Go
---iii. Danny Boy
---iv. The Mason's Apron

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Thin Lizzy closed out the '70s in the same fashion as usual - rocking, and generally being pretty consistent. Although theband were gradually being worn down to the ground - Lynott was sliding further and further down the needle, and the bandwere becoming a revolving door - Brian Robertson was sacked following an incident at a bar during the sessions for "Bad Reputation", and he was replaced by Gary Moore, a guitarist who never really gelled with Lizzy, and departed after thisalbum.

This album generally follows the same pattern as the two others that came before it - only with an even sharper personal edge. That's best reflected by the excellent "Sarah", a solid, poppy ballad, and on an even darker note, "Got To Give ItUp", which is pretty much self-explanatory. Both of these songs would rank amongst the album's best - although this albumdoes contain a couple of tracks that are best left unheard.

The opening "Do Anything You Want To" includes half-decent Brian Downey drumming...but basically, it's a rewrite of "The Boys Are Back In Town", which wasn't that great in the first place. Not a good start. "With Love" is also prettyunmemorable - one of the more formulaic Lizzy cuts. That's pretty much it for poor songs though - the rest is a good, solidcollection of Lizzy.

"Toughest Street In Town" is again, pretty self-explanatory. It's your classic working-class rocker - big riff, big chorus,big everything. Standard Lizzy for sure, but performed as well as you'd expect Lizzy to perform it - in the ways ofdiversity, Lizzy never really did much, but what they did do, they did extremely well. Although, speaking of diversity,"S & M" is a sudden change of pace - Lizzy goes funk! ultra-funky bassline, and lots of fun had by everyone. Good one, guys. And "Get Out of Here" is a pretty fast rocker, again, with seemingly a bit of fun had by everyone.

The other two tracks are the cream of the crop - first off, we have "Waiting For An Alibi", the most recognisable song onthe record, with it's signature Lizzy double-lead attack, and a good set of lyrics from Phil. It's utterly solid throughout,and there's a great guitar solo included, with some fantastic harmony work - in fact, some of the best guitar harmonies i'veever heard on a record, full stop. It's excellent. And then we have the long close-out track - the classic "Roisin Dubh",or "Black Rose". Building on the same Irish mood that was on "Emerald", it's utterly deserving of it's seven-minute runningtime.

The playing is solid - filled with classic guitar parts, and some great runs through various Irish standards - the songis based on four different traditional songs, along with a spectacular take on "Toss the Feathers" in the middle. The final coda is also excellent as well. Well done again, guys.

This album to me, is a little overlooked - it's solid, bar 2 tracks. Fully deserving of an 8 - it's better than most of theLizzy albums of the era, including "Jailbreak". Very, very good album.

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