Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Thin Lizzy - Life: Live

Today (October 16th) marks the thirtieth anniversary of Life: Live (as it was noted on the original vinyl - later CD releases just called it Life), the double-disk live concert album from Irish rockers Thin Lizzy.

Pulled mostly from their farewell tour earlier in 1983, particularly from the Hammersmith Odeon in London, it features the return of former band guitarists Eric Bell, Brian Robertson and Gary Moore. Three of the tracks also come from earlier performances in 1981 when guitarist Snowy White was still with the band; they are seamlessly merged in. This collection charted at number 185 on the US Billboard Album chart, and number 29 in Ireland and the UK.

Side one is made up of "Thunder and Lightning" (the pounding title track of their final studio album which I reviewed here), "Waiting for an Alibi", "Jailbreak" (the title track of their 1976 album), "Baby Please Don't Go" and "The Holy War".

Side two features "Renegade" and "Hollywood (Down on Your Luck)" both from the 1981 show, "Got To Give It Up", "Angel of Death" and "Are You Ready".

Side three includes "The Boys Are Back in Town" (my all-time favorite song from the group), "Cold Sweat", "Don't Believe a Word", "Killer on the Loose" (also from the 1981 show) and "The Sun Goes Down".

Side four finishes up with "Emerald", "Black Rose", the nearly nine minute "Still in Love With You", and "The Rocker".

The music on Life: Live highlights many tracks from 1983’s Thunder and Lightning and 1981‘s Renegade, with a few classic tracks sprinkled in for good measure. I have to say that the band sounds amazing on this recording; this is one of those classic 1970’s bands that clearly put on outstanding live shows for their fans. Life: Live was a nice “thank you” to all those who had supported them for over a dozen years.

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