Thin Lizzy "Fighting"

Posted 21 Jul 2010 in 70s, Albums of 1975, Albums of the 70s, Rock + Roll

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Today’s Cool Album of the Day is Thin Lizzy’s Fighting.

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Everybods knows the Jailbreak album. This preceded it and yes, it was better.

I became a huge fan if this album pretty much for one reason. ‘XRT played the crap out of it. This was in ‘XRT’s early days. They weren’t even a 24 rock station until about time. They used to call Thin Lizzy the ‘House Band.’ Back at that time.

The best known song was the, some what of a title cut you could say. It was called “Fightin’ My Way Back.'”I’ll attach it to the end of this rant. Phil Lynott’s best work was on this album. A less commercial sounding than “The Boys Are Back in Town,” and “Jailbreak ” etc.

A couple other favorites tracks were; “Wild One” and “For Those Who Love to Live.” I guess I should mention “Ballad of a Hard Man” as well, heck, the whole album is really strong.

You can listen to the full album below. My guess is that you haven’t listened to it in a long time in it’s entirety, or possibly never at all. Let those streaks end now, check it out. It still sounds great.  It’s also interesting to note how similar this and some of the real early Springsteen stuff is. If you listen you can hear what I mean.  “Wild One” is an example, “Freedom Song” is another. I could even hear Bruce belting out a little “Fightin’ My Way Back.”

–Larry Carta

  1. “Rosalie” (Bob Seger) – 3:11
  2. “For Those Who Love to Live” (Brian Downey, Phil Lynott) – 3:08
  3. “Suicide” (Lynott) – 5:12
  4. “Wild One” (Lynott) – 4:18
  5. “Fighting My Way Back” (Lynott) – 3:12
  6. “King’s Vengeance” (Scott Gorham, Lynott) – 4:08
  7. “Spirit Slips Away” (Lynott) – 4:35
  8. “Silver Dollar” (Brian Robertson) – 3:26
  9. “Freedom Song” (Gorham, Lynott) – 3:32
  10. “Ballad of a Hard Man” (Gorham) – 3:14

Personnel

  • Brian Downey – drums, percussion
  • Scott Gorham – guitar
  • Phil Lynott – bass guitar, vocals, acoustic guitar on “Wild One”
  • Brian Robertson – guitar, backing vocals

with

  • Roger Chapman (from Family) – backing vocals on “Rosalie”
  • Ian McLagan (from The Faces) – piano on “Silver Dollar”
Here’s the album in its entirety on a playlist. There’s some live stuff below it.

Here’s a couple of cool live Thin Lizzy videos

Posted by Larry Carta

1 Comment

  1. Bill (18 Nov 2011, 23:57)
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    My first exposure to Thin Lizzy was this album. I was always reading about them in Circus & Hit Parade magazines, but growing up in a fairly small town, I didn’t have much access to current music. I remember ordering this, UFO “Force It”, and Lou Reed “Rock & Roll Animal” all at the same time.

    It took 3 weeks to get the vinyl! Imagine how THAT listening session went, having not heard ANYTHING by any of the three artists and only having that gut feeling from what little press & photos I gleaned from magazines? Well…my instincts were dead on, especially for a 15 year old kid! All three are STILL some of my all-time favorites 35+ years later. I wonder if anything current these days will have that kind of staying power?

    Back to this Lizzy album….I agree Larry, it’s when they were still hungry & had something to prove, had decided that their current guitar tandem was on to something special, and Lynott was writing some great stuff. Not a bad track to be found here. Highly recommended!



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