Friday, 19 February 2016

What we're listening to. Thin Lizzy 'Live and Dangerous'

Ah, Thin Lizzy, an Irish band that sorta' kinda' made it worldwide and this is THE Lizzy Album to get, 'Live and Dangerous'. 

Released in 1978 (recorded in 76 in London and Toronto) it's one cracking live Album.

What I bet you don't that 'Bluey Huey' listed as the harmonica player on the Album notes, is none other than Huey Lewis and you'll hear him on 'Baby drives me crazy'. 

We know Huey was a huge friend of lead singer, Phil Lynott and for a fact we can tell you that he has visited Philo's grave in Dublin many times since, at St. Fintan's Cemetery Sutton (where in fact as I write, my Mum and Dad are buried too). 

Lewis met when Lynott supported the Lewis band then called 'Clover'. 

Lynott died in 86 in Kew, although lived at his Howth home which we know (just over the bridge beside the beach, so there) largely from Heroin. He had two girls - Cathleen and Sarah - but 'Sarah' has to be one of the great all-time tracks for his daughter.

What you also didn't know....was that although considered Irish, Lynott was born in England albeit, schooled in Crumlin, Dublin. And that he was such a fan of Manchester United (and a friend of George Best), he became a shareholder.

There's a fairly famous landmark bronze statute too for Philo on Dublin's Grafton Street.

All the good Lizzy songs are here - 'Southbound', 'Jailbreak', 'Dancing in the Moonlight', 'The Boys are Back in Town', 'Suicide' but the real stand out track is the intro ("This is a number recorded by Bob Seeger") and into 'Rosalie'. 

This is blues and rock at its best and you mightn't know the record although it sold well. 

Worth a really good listen but listen to 'Rosalie' and then you'll know! ("Hey you're clapping your hands for me!").

And just for our Sarah in Streamabout, the terrific 'Sarah'.

Previous "listen to's" you'll also find on this blog.......Aretha Franklin Amazing Grace; Clapton 461; Massive Attack Blue Lines; The Clash London Calling; Chris Isaak At The Filmore; Bob Dylan Street Legal;Bad Company Straight Shooter; Jackson Browne Love is Strange; Lou Reed Transformer; Steely Dan AJA; Stones Black+Blue; Stephen Bishop Careless; Nils Lofgren Night after Night; Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells; Neil Young Harvest; Led Zep 4; David Bowie David Live; Van It's too late to stop now; Wings Band on the run; Rod Stewart Atlantic Crossing; Ryan Adams Heartbreaker; Santana Essential; Bob Dylan Desire; Roxy Music For your pleasure; Bob Marley Legend; Stephen Fretwell Magpie; James Taylor Sweet Baby James; Deep Purple Machine Head; Springsteen Darkness on the edge of town; Leon Bridges Coming Home; Eagles Hotel California; Jungle; Aretha Soul Queen; Neil Young After the Goldrush + Harvest; Zappa Overnite Sensation; Fleetwood Mac Rumours; Keith Jarrett Koln Concert; Doobies Southbound; Stevie Earle I feel alright; Tom Waits Closing Time; Pink Floyd Dark Side; Van Moondance; Eric Church Caught in the Act; Randy Newman Little Criminals; Elton John Madman across the water; Patti Smith Horses; Doobies Captain and Me; Steely Dan Can't Buy a Thrill.