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Monday, January 19, 2015

Awesome Album Series #3: THIN LIZZY "Black Rose: A Rock Legend"

The best Thin Lizzy album came out in April 1979. “Black Rose” was the first Lizzy album I heard and bought. It is not only the best Lizzy album, it`s also the best album Gary Moore laid his dirty fingers on. At least in my opinion.

The twin guitar attack from Gary Moore and Scott Gorham suits the songs perfectly. Greg Prato of Allmusic described the album as "Thin Lizzy's last true classic album", and their "most musically varied, accomplished, and successful studio album". I would agree with that!

Phil Lynott is again equipped with a fine set of originals, which the rest of the band shines on - the percussion-driven opener "Do Anything You Want To," the pop hit "Waiting for an Alibi," and a gentle song for Lynott`s newly born daughter, "Sarah." Not all the material is as upbeat, such as the funky "S&M," as well two grim tales of street life and substance abuse -- "Toughest Street in Town" and "Got to Give It Up". "Black Rose" closes with the epic seven-minute title track, which includes an amazing, complex guitar solo by Gary Moore that incorporates Celtic themes against a hard rock accompaniment. "Black Rose: A Rock Legend" is one of the '70s lost rock classics.

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