Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak
Scott, our Heavy Metal Overlord, awesomely sent me this absolute gem of a record. You all own this, have heard it, or at least know of it and a couple of the songs here. It’s THAT record.
Jailbreak is a total classic track. And what an album opener, too! It’s that rawk smack in the face that says ‘hey! wake up! Thin Lizzy is here!’ So great. Angel From The West Coast is another great track. Those guitars are completely superb, and I love the instrumental bit in the middle. This oughta be a greatest hit! Running Back is not about football, as it turns out. It’s a funny little tune, with a riff so simple and yet still cool. A very sunny song, it just sounds happy.
Romeo And The Lonely Girl sound to me like Thin Lizzy doing a cover of a 70s Bruce Springsteen song. And that’s not a bad thing, it just totally does. Cool tune, and love that guitar solo. Warriors is yet another great rock song (these guys were masters at it!). The riff here is a monster. And then we have The Boys Are Back In Town. I do not need to tell anyone anything about this song, surely. One thing I did notice, though, was the vocal separation between left and right speakers on the chorus part. Fun! Total classic tune.
Fight Or Fail is an interesting track. I love how their slower, gentler song on the record still has a guitar part that sounds like it could rip a chunk out of you at any moment… when it’s not playing pretty, that is. Almost jazzy! Fascinating. Cowboy Song is one I know already, likely because of Scott and Mike talking about Thin Lizzy frequently. You know, the more I listen to this band, the more I know they have a sound that is all their own. It’s in the delivery and the chord changes. Cowboy Song is pure Thin Lizzy, a cool rock song. Outstanding vocals, here.
And finally it’s Emerald, which may well be my favourite track on the record. The whole thing is just huge. What a great tune! The whole band just nails this one. Love it love it love it.
In sum? Every track here is all killer, no filler. The record plays like a greatest hits set. My only real complaint is that, at 9 songs, it’s too damn short. Surely there were other good tracks recorded at the time? I totally understand wanting quality over quantity, but I was just nicely grooving along and it was over way too soon. Maybe I’m just greedy. And I can always hit play on track 1 again…
Stellar album from top to bottom.
Thanks heaps, Scott!!