Friday, August 21, 2020

Thin Lizzy detail Rock Legends box set

Thin Lizzy will release a career-spanning box set entitled “Rock Legends” on October 23.

The 6CD/1DVD package delivers 99 tracks – including 74 previously-unreleased recordings – from the iconic Irish outfit, which was formed in Dublin in 1969 by bassist/vocalist Phil Lynott, drummer Brian Downey, guitarist Eric Bell and keyboardist Eric Wrixon.

Compiled by Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham and Lizzy expert Nick Sharp from a collection of newly-discovered tapes, the set presents a variety of material, from singles and rarities – including demos, rough mixes, radio sessions – to a disc of unreleased live recordings from the band’s 1980 Chinatown tour.

The “Rock Legends” box is housed in a 10” x 6” slipcase and contains a DVD with the hour-long “Bad Reputation” BBC documentary and the group’s legendary performance on the 1976 Rod Stewart ‘A Night On The Town’ TV Special.

The set also contains replicas of the bands tour programs bound into a hard-backed book, the very sought-after Phil Lynott Poetry books, 4 prints by legendary Lizzy cover artist Jim Fitzpatrick and a book containing quotes by all the members of the band about their experiences playing with Phil Lynott and Thin Lizzy ... which also features comments from famous fans such as Slash, Lemmy, Joe Elliot, Geddy Lee, James Hetfield, Ian Gillan, Henry Rollins, Billy Corgan, Bobby Gillespie, Craig Finn, John McEnroe and Pat Cash.

“Rock Legends” is being previewed with a previously-unheard demo of the group’s 1976 classic, “Jailbreak.”

Thin Lizzy issued their self-titled debut in 1971 and went on to release a dozen albums through several lineup changes before leader Lynott’s passing in 1986.

Downey went on play in a Thin Lizzy tribute lineup with Gorham, Darren Wharton, guitarist John Sykes and bassist Marco Mendoza. Following Sykes's departure in 2009, Gorham created another Thin Lizzy lineup with Downey, Mendoza, Wharton and two new members: Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell and Ricky Warwick, former vocalist with The Almighty; they toured until 2013 when most of the members set out under the new Black Star Riders banner.

Thin Lizzy
“Rock Legends” Super Deluxe Edition

Release date: October 23

Disc One – The Singles

“Whiskey in The Jar” – 7″ Edit
“Randolph’s Tango” – Radio Edit
“The Rocker” – 7″ Edit
“Little Darling” – 7″ Single
“Philomena” – 7″ Single
“Rosalie” – 7″ Mix
“Wild One” – 7″ Single
“The Boys Are Back in Town” – 7” Edit
“Jailbreak” – 7” Edit
“Don’t Believe a Word” – 7″ Single
“Dancing in the Moonlight” – 7″ Single
“Rosalie / Cowgirl’s Song” – 7″ Single
“Waiting for an Alibi” – Extra Verse
“Do Anything You Want To” – 7″ Single
“Sarah” – 7″ Single
“Chinatown” – 7” DJ/Radio Edit
“Killer on the Loose” – 7″ Single
“Trouble Boys” – 7″ Single
“Hollywood (Down on Your Luck)” – 7” Edit*
“Cold Sweat” – 7″ Single
“Thunder and Lightning” – 7” Edit
“The Sun Goes Down” – 7” Remix

Disc Two – Decca Rarities

“The Farmer” – Debut 7″ single
“I Need You” – Debut 7″ single B-side
“Whiskey In The Jar” – Extended Version Rough Mix*
“Black Boys On The Corner” – Rough Mix*
“Little Girl In Bloom” – US Single Promo Edit*
“Gonna Creep Up On You” – Acetate*
“Baby’s Been Messin'” – Acetate*
1969 Rock + Intro” – RTE Radio Eireann Session 16 January 1973*
“Buffalo Gal + Intro” – RTE Radio Eireann Session 16 January 1973*
“Suicide + Intro” – RTE Radio Eireann Session 16 January 1973*
“Broken Dreams + Intro” – RTE Radio Eireann Session 16 January 1973*
“Eddie’s Blues/Blue Shadows + Intro” – RTE Radio Eireann Session 16 January 1973*
“Dublin + Intro” – RTE Radio Eireann Session 16 January 1973*
“Ghetto Woman” – RTE Radio Eireann Session 04 January 1974*
“Things Ain’t Working Out Down At The Farm” – RTE Radio Eireann Session 04 “January 1974*
“Going Down” – RTE Radio Eireann Session 04 January 1974*
“Slow Blues” – RTE Radio Eireann Session 04 January 1974*

Disc Three – Mercury Rarities

“Rock And Roll With You” – Instrumental Demo*
“Banshee” – Demo*
“Dear Heart” – Demo*
“Nightlife” – Demo*
“Philomena” – Demo*
“Cadillac” – Instrumental Demo*
“For Those Who Love to Live” – Demo*
“Freedom Song” – Demo*
“Suicide” – Demo*
“Silver Dollar” – Demo*
“Jesse’s Song” – Instrumental Demo
“Kings Vengeance” – Demo*
“Jailbreak” – Demo*
“Cowboy Song” – Demo*

Disc Four – Mercury Rarities

“The Boys Are Back In Town” – Demo*
“Angel From The Coast” – Demo*
“Running Back” – Demo*
“Romeo And The Lonely Girl” – Demo*
“Warriors” – Demo*
“Emerald” – Demo*
“Fool’s Gold” – Demo*
“Weasel Rhapsody” – Demo*
“Borderline” – Demo*
“Johnny” – Demo*
“Sweet Marie” – Demo*
“Requiem For A Puffer (aka Rocky)” – Alternate Vocal, “Rocky He’s A Roller”*
“Killer Without A Cause” – Demo*
“Are You Ready” – Demo*
“Blackmail” – Demo*
“Hate” – Demo*

Disc Five – Mercury Rarities

“S & M” – Demo*
“Waiting For An Alibi” – Demo*
“Got To Give It Up” – Demo*
“Get Out Of Here” – Demo*
“Roisin Dubh (Black Rose) A Rock Legend” – Demo*
“Part One: Shenandoah”*
“Part Two: Will You Go Lassie Go”*
“Part Three: Danny Boy”*
“Part Four: The Mason’s Apron”*
“We Will Be Strong” – Demo*
“Sweetheart” – Demo*
“Sugar Blues” – Demo*
“Having a Good Time” – Demo*
“It’s Going Wrong” – Demo*
“I’m Gonna Leave This Town” – Demo*
“Kill” – Demo*
“In the Delta” – Demo*
“Don’t Let Him Slip Away” – Demo*
“The Sun Goes Down” – Demo*

Disc Six – Chinatown Tour 1980

“Are You Ready?” – Hammersmith Day 2 (05/29/190) *
“Hey You” – Hammersmith Day 2 (05/29/190)*
“Waiting For An Alibi” – Hammersmith Day 2 (05/29/190) *
“Jailbreak” – Hammersmith Day 2 (05/29/190)*
“Do Anything You Want to Do” – Hammersmith Day 2 (05/29/190)*
“Don’t Believe A Word” – Tralee (04/12/1980) *
“Dear Miss Lonely Hearts” – Hammersmith Day 2 (05/29/190)*
“Got To Give It Up” – Hammersmith Day 3 (05/30/190)*
“Still in Love with You” – Hammersmith Day 3 (05/30/190)*
“Chinatown” – Hammersmith Day 3 (05/30/190)*
“The Boys Are Back In Town” – Hammersmith Day 3 (05/30/190)*
“Suicide” -Hammersmith Day 3 (05/30/190)*
“Sha La La” – Hammersmith Day 2 (05/29/190)*
“Rosalie” – Hammersmith Day 2 (05/29/190)*
“Whiskey In The Jar” – Hammersmith Day 3 (05/30/190)*

* previously unreleased

See also:

Thin Lizzy: Phil Lynott documentary due this fall
Thin Lizzy classic featured in all-star quarantine cover
Black Star Riders singer Ricky Warwick shares update following recent surgery
Thin Lizzy guitarist comments on first Rock Hall nomination
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