ARTIST: Thin Lizzy
TITLE: Thin Lizzy
YEAR RELEASED: 1971
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: None taken from the album – bonus tracks are the singles
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Nothing really got airplay anywhere either…
LINEUP: Phil Lynott, Eric Bell, Brian Downey
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A mellow-ish folky debut from the Irish band sees them split towards a bass-heavy folkie band and a bass-heavy power trio.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The debut issue for Thin Lizzy finds Phil Lynott straddling two worlds. He wants to rock out, you can tell, but also wants to tell stories, thus the folky ballads. What hurts him is that Eric Bell, the guitarist, is OK but not the type of guitarist that can sustain a power trio. He tended to meander a bit and not give a lot of power to the proceedings.
The production is also muddled and bass heavy (maybe because of that guitar issue). Also, while Lynott was adept at telling stories, he was inconsistent. It sounds like a work-in-progress at times, especially on the opening cut “The Friendly Ranger at Clontarf Castle”. You can hear Lynott’s predilection for epics in “Diddy Levine”, though; it’s a shame the execution wasn’t better.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Their first single, “The Farmer”, was released in 1970 and sold an astounding 283 copies! (That song isn’t included in the streaming copy of the album I have).
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes. What I have streaming has cuts from a single and their New Day EP and there’s another deluxe edition out and about, if you really need everything they’ve done.
GRADE: C : I’m a Thin Lizzy completist, so I’ll keep it, but just be warned it’s mellow-ish and at times unfocused.