The death of Phil Lynott on January 4, 1986, he suddenly interrupted one of rock’s most brilliant careers. However, he will always be the leader of THIN LIZZY, one of the icons of hard rock. To remember the trajectory of the Irish group, we have classified all their albums from worst to best.
Formed in Dublin in 1969, THIN LIZZY They were decisive, even by 1970s standards. During their 14-year career, the group released a total of 12 studio albums, as well as two double live albums (which we have taken from the rankings), before announcing their breakup in 1983. In addition, Lynott released two solo albums while he was a member of THIN LIZZY.
Before his death, Lynott he earned a great reputation as not only one of the greatest rock stars of his generation, but also as a fabulous songwriter. Phil He was able to achieve a creative expression that far exceeded his surpassing classic bad boy anthems, while brimming with that charisma that made every man want to be like him, and every girl want to be with him.
Many decades after his disappearance, everyone remembers Lynott and his colleagues from THIN LIZZY who contributed their talents to bring his best songs to life.
Some of his works were more successful than others, but they always contributed something to the history of hard rock. Scroll to see all the discs of THIN LIZZY ordered from worst to best:
12. Shades of a Blue Orphanage (1972)
The second album of THIN LIZZY, released just a year after the release of their debut work, it didn’t go as well as initially hoped. Topics like “Buffalo Gal” and “Babyface” they are saved from the looser job of the Irish.
11. Thin Lizzy (1971)
The self-titled debut of THIN LIZZY unveiled a band without a clear idea of what they wanted to be, yet willing to try their hand at just about anything. Styles like blues“Ray-Gun”) el folk (“Eire”) o el hard rock (“Look What the Wind Blew In”, “Clifton Grange Hotel”) sound on this album that, despite not being one of the best of the group, was really promising.
10. Chinatown (1980)
Even though the recording sessions of “Chinatown” They were complicated and took too long, the songs turned out to be just good and in a way pleasant to the ears of their fans. Cuts like “We Will Be Strong”, “Sweetheart” and the one that gives the album its name stand out among others.
9. Nightlife (1974)
On “Nightlife” you can see a THIN LIZZY veering dangerously towards a soft rock group, as shown in songs like “She Knows”, “Showdown” and in his most popular ballad “Still in Love with You”. Luckily hard rock songs like “It’s Only Money” and “Sha-La-La” they were the exception of a record that paved the way to his next hit record “Fighting” 1975.
8. Renegade (1981)
“Renegade” was possibly the most underrated album of THIN LIZZY. Released at the hardest moment of the group, caused by the constant struggle of Lynott and the band to gain the support of their fans and their record label as they dealt with the rampant drug abuse that was wreaking havoc within the group.
7. Vagabonds of the Western World (1973)
After giving to Decca Records few reasons to keep the band in their catalog after the previous two LPs, THIN LIZZY redirected the course of his career thanks to his third album “Vagabonds of the Western World” 1973. Encouraged by the success of songs like “Whisky in the Jar”, Phil Lynott discovered his power at the forefront of composition in hymns such as “Mama Nature Said”, the sublime “Little Girl in Bloom” and “The Rocker”.
6. Johnny the Fox (1976)
During the second half of 1976 THIN LIZZY I should have toured all over Europe and jumped to America, but a hepatitis attack forced Lynott to ditch the road and the band to go into the studio to record their seventh LP before they were really ready. Consequently, “Johnny the Fox” it lacked the depth evident in its neighbors “Jailbreak” (1976) and “Bad Reputation” (1977). Topics like “Don’t Believe a Word” and the hidden gem “Fools Gold” stand out from the rest of the songs on the album.
5. Thunder and Lightning (1983)
The last work of THIN LIZZY as a quintet, with the veterans, already sick, Lynott, Scott Gorham and Brian Downey, the young keyboard expert Darren Wharton and the guitarist John Sykes, managed to uncork some of his heaviest songs such as the one that gives the album its name and “Cold Sweat”, others more dynamic and mature such as “The Sun Goes Down” and “Holy War” and other creepy like “Bad Habits” and “Heart Attack”.
4. Fighting (1975)
The fifth study work of THIN LIZZY and the second recorded by the definitive quartet made up of Lynott, the drummer Brian Downey and the guitarists Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson, solidified the hard rock formula with two guitars that would define the band forever.
3. Black Rose: A Rock Legend (1979)
The long-awaited link from THIN LIZZY with the god of the irish guitar Gary Moore came true in 1979, and “Black Rose: A Rock Legend” did not disappoint. In fact, it spawned one of the band’s most exciting and versatile albums, including heartbreaking tracks like “Toughest Street in Town”, perfect singles like “Waiting for an Alibi” and a moving ballad like “Sarah”.
2. Bad Reputation (1977)
After losing some professional momentum after being forced to cancel his second consecutive tour (sparked by a pub brawl that incapacitated Robertson), THIN LIZZY recruited the producer Tony visconti (David Bowie, T. Rex…) who helped the band on their album “Bad Reputation” from 1977. Classics like “Soldier of Fortune”, “Southbound”, “Dancing in the Moonlight”, “Killer Without a Cause” and the theme that gives its name make this album one of the best of the Irish career.
1. Jailbreak (1976)
After achieving a near perfect sound in his previous work “Fighting” (1975), THIN LIZZY released just a year later “Jailbreak”, an album that defined the group’s career for its next few years. Timeless hits like “The Boys Are Back in Town”, “Running Back” and “Romeo and the Lonely Girl” define the cornerstones of the hard rock of the 70s and the group itself as one of the greatest of all time in its genre.
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THIN LIZZY: All your records sorted from worst to best