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Live And Dangerous

Thin Lizzy

1978

Live And Dangerous

Album Summary

Live and Dangerous is a live double album by the Irish rock band Thin Lizzy, released in June 1978. It was recorded in London in 1976, and Philadelphia and Toronto in 1977, with further production in Paris. It was also the last Thin Lizzy album to feature guitarist Brian Robertson, who left the band shortly after its release. The band decided to release a live album after their producer Tony Visconti did not have enough time to work on a full studio session. They listened through various archive recordings from earlier tours and compiled the album from the best versions. Various studio overdubs were made to the live recordings during early 1978 in Paris; exactly how much of the album is overdubbed has been a contentious topic since its release. The album reached No. 2 in the UK album charts, ultimately selling over half a million copies in the UK. It has continued to attract critical acclaim and it has appeared in several lists of the greatest live albums of all time.

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Rating

3.37

Votes

5653

Genres

  • Hard Rock
  • Metal
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Thu Nov 12 2020
2

A live Thin Lizzy album is not high on my list of things I want to listen to. The music is pretty middle of the road and this album lacked the energy of most good live albums. Turns out, that's because Thin Lizzy straight up cheated and overdubbed a bunch of the parts after the fact. So it's only kinda live. The result is a the audio equivalent of flat beer. You can taste what it should be and it'll deliver alcohol... But it's just not enjoyable.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
5

"Is there anyone here with a little Irish in them ?" Crowd screams yeh. "Any of the girls want a little more in Irish in them"

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Sat Jan 30 2021
2

I'm not a fan of this one. There is so much guitar/bass/drums music from the 70s, I really had enough of it. I can only remember fondly or listen to G/B/D bands that had something really special (originality or virtuoso musicians). And this isn't the case with this group and album. Yeah the guitar, bass and drums are good but there are many better and moreover there is nothing original about the instrument playing or songwriting that makes me want to keep listening. The 70s had guitar phenoms so good they could that they could make a band that's not original stand out. Jimmy Page was so good he made Led Zep good. (Overplayed to the point I can't listen to them anymore but that's another story). The guitars don't get Thin LIz there. The bass player is also good but what is he doing that Entwistle hadn't done years earlier and a lot better? The drummer's slapping the gong at the end of Southbound puts a cherry on my point that they are followers rather than leaders. I thought even Kiss was ringing the gong before Thin Liz. How embarrassing is that? I'm was a little surprised to learn there are two guitar players but I did hear duelling solos. This would have been fun to see in concert but having two guitars also gives the opportunity for consistently good rhythm and there is really not much rhythm guitar to get excited about. I planned to listen until they played Boys are Back in Town but ended up listening to it all. Unfortunately, I was reminded of the worst part of 70s rock concerts: the tiresome drum solo. The 2+ minutes of TL's drum solo are minutes I will not get back and could've spent listening to more of the 1001 albums I need to listen to. Fothermucker! Apologies to any TL fans out there. Also apologies in advance to fans of "The Song Remains the Same" if that's on the 1001. That bad boy will get max 1 star based solely on the length of the drum solo.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Glorious, seemingly effortless hard rock. Some absolute classic tracks. Fave track - on this play through, "Massacre" really jumped out at me. Tends to get overshadowed by their more well known tunes, but it landed for me this time...

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

What a live album, what a voice. I can't believe I had gone my whole life without listening to Dancing in the Moonlight. Never making that mistake again

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

Awesome album. Such a distinctive sound both musically and vocally. Dancing in the moonlight is the best song amongst many great songs. It kind of reminded me of a Van song, who was idolised by Phil Lynott and whose bandmates in Them, later joined Thin Lizzy.

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Sat Aug 07 2021
4

Let's just get this right out of the way early: Huey Lewis is on this album, playing harmonica on "Baby Drives Me Crazy". So this automatically gets 2 stars just for that surprising little nugget. And I'm not especially a Huey Lewis fan at all. Thin Lizzy gets my consideration as one of the more underrated bands of all-time. Most people only know them for "The Boys Are Back In Town" (a stellar version of which appears here as part of a seamless one-two punch with "Cowboy Song"). Most of Thin Lizzy's output holds up quite well. I don't usually like live albums, but I love this one. I wouldn't be upset to also find the Jailbreak album on this list. Apparently there's a sector of folks who immediately dismiss this album, claiming it's "overdubbed". Don't ALL Live albums have overdubs? The only unpolished live albums are bootlegs. And down at Dino's Bar'n'Grill the drink will flow and blood will spill, and if the boys wanna fight, you better let 'em.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

I tend to not love live albums unless there is something really unique in the performance. This one, being a double album, I found to drag on a bit toward the end. I liked the 4 song run between "Dancing in the Moonlight" and "Johnny the Fox," gravitating more toward the slower songs.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
3

I don’t know if ‘Live And Dangerous’ is the best live album of all time, or whether it’s not a true live album at all because it was re-recorded in the studio and overdubbed with crowd noise to make it sound live. What I do know is that it rocks hard and is lots of fun, with many moments throughout to indulge in the hedonistic dream of being a rock god whilst perfecting one’s air guitar skills. ‘Live And Dangerous’ won’t change the world, but there’s worse ways to spend 75 minutes.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
5

Listened Before? N Holy S**T! What an amazing introduction to Thin Lizzy. This live album is an absolute masterpiece from beginning to end. Banger after banger lined up in a row. The lead guitar is absolutely face-melting in every song, and the band's energy is full-tilt. I am unsure how I have basically completely missed this band until now. Everyone knows "The Boys are Back in Town", and I was familiar with "Jailbreak" but every other song here is wonderful as well. I see no real cons here. This will be my first 5-star album. Added to Library? Y Songs added to Playlist - The Boys are Back in Town

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

I was already predisposed to enjoying the tough guy streetwalker tracks that still get radio play, and the slower more romantic songs are well done even if they're not my preference, but the more intense songs about historical violence that Iron Maiden basically took wholesale blew me away (and sure enough, as I write this I discover that Maiden actually did in fact record a cover of Massacre). They're lucky this album kicks as much ass as it does, or I would've been more upset about the blatant overdubbing. Key Tracks: Emerald, Massacre, Cowboy Song

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Mon Feb 01 2021
1

A double live album that's pulled from several different shows and later overdubbed is bound to be rather unenjoyable, and that's before considering that it's mediocre 70s rock. I have no idea how this made anybody's list of essential albums. Completely disposable. Best track: Massacre

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Tue Feb 23 2021
5

Best live album ever?

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Ahhhhahh fuck yesss this is great. So my vibe. Every song is an absolute tune FUCK YESSSS Classic Boys are back in town, yessss Fantastic album. First 5/5 I reckon

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Mola

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

Rocks hard. Better than studio versions

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

Har ikke hørt dette live-albumet før. Men for et album! Fantastisk(!) åpning med Jailbreak. Tipper litt over mot litt kjedelig blues til tider, men henter seg mesterlig inn med diamanter som Cowboy Song, Warriors og The Rocker.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
5

un cinco. Tienen una versión de whiskey on the jar muy buena, aunque no está en este disco.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
5

Muy bueno

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Fri May 28 2021
5

Goat

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Wed Jun 30 2021
5

Superb - Dancing in the Moonlight is an all time classic!

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Wed Mar 03 2021
5

I like this a lot. Nice and rocky. My favourite live album of all time.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
5

THIS IS HEAVEN OR LAS VEGAS BY COCTEAU TWINS

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Sun May 02 2021
5

The album rocks hard.

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Mon Jul 19 2021
5

Rollicking good time. Surprised how much I like this band! I'm glad to discover so much beyond "The Boys Are Back in Town." Also, I always thought they were American. That voice sounds like a cross between Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen, and lyrics have a similar quality to many of their songs.. But it turns out they're Irish, which just interests me more.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
5

- so much fun, great vibes - great quality for a live album - left the album radio on all day - so many likes

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Sun Jun 13 2021
5

Loved every second of this. Such a great stage presence and an amazing sound. I've listened to this album before, but it had been a while.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
5

I’ve apparently been heavily sleeping on Thin Lizzy. Fantastic album, only track I didn’t love was Johnny The Fox Meets Jimmy The Weed.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
5

yeah, that was kinda fucking awesome. i have kinda mixed feelings about them overall, but that must've been one hell of a live show. also, huey freakin' lewis on harmonica! that's a fun surprise

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Tue Jul 20 2021
5

Easy 5/5, I really like a few of these songs, Lynott has an amazing statue you really should see, and for flow I guess you can't beat a live performance. I did previously think I really didn't like live versions of songs, but after a whole album I think I realise where I've been going wrong.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
5

rock n roll baby. better version of “Dancing in the Moonlight”? would definitely see live x

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Mon Sep 20 2021
5

First time hearing anything more than the Boys are Back in Town, it was gray.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
5

Damn good rockin. Favorite tracks are Warriors and Baby Drives Me Crazy

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

This is what a live album should sound like. Every band should be made to listen to this and told "If you are going to play live, you are aspiring to reach this level.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

This is the kind of music that got me into music in the first place. Rock guitar and great hooks. Will be listening to this album a lot.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

Every Thin Lizzy album is like a hidden gem.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
5

Boys are back, Rosalie, Don't believe a word, Cowboy Song, Whiskey, Still in love, Dancing, Jailbreak

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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

Yes! Greatest live album of all time!

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

-"Jailbreak" has some solid riffs and some cool guitar stuff -"Massacre" is a total jam and also the bass slide/riff at 1:17 is gnarly -"Johnny the Fox Meets Jimmy the Weed" is just a fundamentally great song name -The transition straight from "Cowboy Song" straight into "The Boys Are Back in Town" is cool. Also, "The Boys Are Back in Town" is one of the only 2 Thin Lizzy songs I previously knew (the other being "Cold Sweat") and the bass part seems to be amped up for the live version and I quite like it. -Awesome jams in "Massacre," "Warrior," "Are You Ready," and "Suicide" -Totally awesome live rock album, will absolutely be doing more listening

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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

Ridiculous!

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Fri Mar 04 2022
5

One of the best live albums I've listened to.There isn't one bad song on the album. And the transition from one track to another is pretty amazing. As I read there is a big debate about how ‘live’ Live and Dangerous is. My opinion is who fckin cares? Live and Dangerous is a great sounding album, it’s perfectly produced and mixed. I'm gonna exclude the 2 songs I already knew, "The Boys are Back in Town" and "Jailbreak". Most favourite tracks from the album: Southbound Rosalie/ Cow girl's song Dancing in the Moonlight Still in Love with You Cowboy Song

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

Legendary.

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Mon Apr 25 2022
5

Still my favourite live album of all time. Saw them at 'Empire Pool' Wembley on this tour.

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Wed May 11 2022
5

One of the top 5 live albums of all time

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Tue May 17 2022
5

BOY this was a good record. I like “The Boys Are Back In Town” just as much as the next guy, but the power and gravitas of this one blew me away. Phill Lynott sounds so fucking cool on this album

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Wed Jun 01 2022
5

Thin Lizzy at their best.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
5

I love this album. I don't listen to much hard rock anymore but this one still hits - everything about the dual/harmony guitars, Phil Lynott's voice, vocal harmonies, the band's tight power, the mix, the song selections - there's never too much heavy as they'll drop back to more melodic songs (e.g. Emerald to Southbound) or classic mellow rock (Dancing In The Moonlight). Rock/Metal/Groove/Soulful. oh - plus some bonus Huey Lewis late in the album (he was part of their touring band in these days). 9/10 5 stars. ...who doesn't always get chocolate stains on their pants...

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Thu Jul 14 2022
5

I recognized way more songs than I realized! True bangers. Made me wanna play air guitar all over my living room!

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Wed Jul 20 2022
5

The entire album is available on Apple Music. And fuck me, it's worth making the effort. I'm not a fan of heavy metal, but surely live music doesn't get much better. Forget the 2 different gigs / overdubs stuff, this is better than anything Thin Lizzy did in a studio.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
5

Heard before: not live! I didn't expect to love this so much. It absolutely rips. What a great live band.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

I find live albums to be either outstanding or terrible, no middle ground, and this is outstanding.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

Amazing album, even more amazing that it’s live!!

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Fri Sep 23 2022
5

nice

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Thu Sep 29 2022
5

THE live rock album. Wall to wall bangers, screaming guitar solos, Phil's exquisite voice, and ENERGY. Friday night they'll be dressed to kill Down at Dino's bar and grill The drink will flow, and blood will spill And if the boys wanna fight, you better let 'em Fav tracks: All of 'em - 5/5

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

Badass, yet simple. Phil Lynott’s voice is iconic.

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Tue Oct 11 2022
5

A stone cold classic

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Wed Oct 12 2022
5

One of the best bands ever. Never heard this live album before. A real gem. The first half is back to back classics. 11/10

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Sun Oct 23 2022
5

really good - 9/10 loved the part where (unless I heard it wrong,) the audience is yelling for an encore and the dude is yelling “NO!” lol

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Sat Nov 12 2022
5

This is pretty much the TL greatest hits, from the golden run of albums from Vagabonds through to Bad Reputation. Notoriously lots of overdubs, but one of the great 'live' albums.

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Fri Dec 16 2022
5

Rock heaven. If I had only one wish, it's to have been playing guitar on stage with Robbo and Scott for the Cowboy Song - I would die happy. I love live albums and this is up there with Mott The Hoople.

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Fri Dec 16 2022
5

Awesome album

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Mon Jan 02 2023
5

This album is an absolute banger. I'd only really listened to Jailbreak before, but I'm definitely checking out more Thin Lizzy albums now. So many big, big tunes in here. Massacre is fucking great! Jailbreak is a tune! Emerald is utterly badass! All the guitars are awesome. The squealing guitar solos are SO my jam. Phil Lynott's vocals are iconic. Do I want it to lose a star for not being fully live...? No, I enjoyed it way too much for that. A great discovery, this.

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Sun Jan 22 2023
5

Goede hits, lekkere rock. Goed bezig

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Wed Jan 25 2023
5

5/5. What a fun and energetic live album. Never a huge fan of thin lizzy but this just covers all the bases for a live album and is just greatest hits but better.

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Fri Sep 11 2020
4

Loved it - not one bad song on the ablum. Will revisit.

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Wed Dec 02 2020
4

12/1 Damn good live Rock album. Didn't even see that the boys were back in town on this. Standout Tracks: Emerald, Southbound, Dancing in the Moonlight, Still in Love with You, The Boys Are Back in Town, Sha-La-La, The Rocker

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Tue Sep 15 2020
4

Only listened to half, pretty solid shit. Thin Lizzy is good shit

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

One of the best albums ever.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Didn't realize I knew so many Thin Lizzy songs already! Good classic rock

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

a good rockin time, first listen to any thin lizzy which is weird considering how i grew up on this kinda music but i dig it, lean more toward the heavier stuff but the blues rock numbers are nice too. good energy and really good mixing

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Oldie but goodie

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

Erittäin asiallista jytärokkijytäilyä. Ensiluokkaista hiihtolenkkimusaa. Useampiakin tuttuja biisejä joita en välttämättä olisi osannut yhdistää Thin Lizzyyn. Selvästi aukkoja tämän genren tuntemuksessa! Ehkä tähän mennessä tämän projektin suurin positiivinen yllätys ennakkoluuloihin verrattuna.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

class

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

Really good even tho some fake

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Sun Mar 21 2021
4

Really enjoyed this. This was great driving music.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Such an awesome live album. The energy was absolutely incredible and the pure rock atmosphere was something to imagine when listening away. Sweet sweet sweet guitar riffs and some awesome rocking ballads. Would highly recommend.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

Semibängeri Slässic Hard rock

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

I’ve never really listened to much Thin Lizzy, but this seems like the kind of concert I could have gone to and had a good time regardless of that fact. Pretty standard 80s rock, but still fun. I’m going to exclude “Jailbreak” and “The Boys Are Back In Town” from below and focus more on the songs I didn’t know. Favorite Tracks: “Emerald,” “Massacre,” and “Baby Drives Me Crazy”

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

Phil Lynott a tope.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

Powerful, energetic, twin guitars, Lynott at his best. Classic!

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

nice

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

Bastante bastante bueno

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

7

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

Tons of fun and energy. Classic glam rock sound, Irish. Amazing guitar. Surprisingly good quality for a live album.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

very good music with very catchy lyrics and amazing guitar. all recorded live music though so not the best for headphones

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

La guitarra es brutal, quizas fue mi primer album en vivo que he escuchado completo muero de envidia por las personas que la presenciaron.

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Mon Jul 19 2021
4

I actually really enjoyed this

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

Toimii.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

Vaikka en livelevyistä yleensä pidä, oli tämä kyllä kovaa kamaa. Lizzyltä joitain kappaleita aikaisemmin kuunnellut ja olihan niitä kovia vielä lisääkin. Yhtyettä pitänee ottaa lisää kuunteluun.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

Awesome!

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

Eipä tähänkään oikein ajan hammas ole purrut. Eniten häiritsi se, että tämä on jopa hyvin kliininen livelevyksi. Sen verran wikipedioin, että levy oli koostettu useamman keikan tallenteista. Lisäksi levyä varten oli jonkin verran äänitetty osuuksia päälle studiossa, mutta siitä miten paljon, oli erilaisia näkemyksiä. Vähän taas helppo nelonen tällaiselle very best of the best tallenteelle. Hyvällä mielellä nelonen taas siksi, että The Boys Are Back tuo aina mieleen Vintiöiden sketsit.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
4

Loved this group’s music... high school tunes rocked.....You’re always hear the songs when we went to Friday night and Saturday night parties

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

Thin Lizzy me parece un grupo con una clase inusual en el hard rock. Están a años de distancia de sus coetáneos. Este directo sigue sonando tan nostálgico y reconfortante como la primera vez que lo escuché. Southbound, temazo.

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Sun May 09 2021
4

Good, guitar solos. Not super entrapping.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

ta legal mas faltava metade das musica no baguio

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

Good rock album

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Mon May 17 2021
4

Amazing live set

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Sun May 09 2021
4

Such a fun album. Great performance, too. Still In Love With You is a brilliant song and the drum solo on Sha-La-La is fantastic.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

Quite a good album. I don’t normally enjoy live albums but this one went over really well. They definitely have a lot of great hits and a good presence. I’ve enjoyed a lot of their songs in the past and could see myself enjoying more.

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Thu May 20 2021
4

Surprised to see a live album but i liked it

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