This one was fun…my review of a one of the world’s best rock bands, playing live at or near its historic best. It runs today at Blurt.
“Still Dangerous comes from roughly the same period as Thin Lizzy's first official live album, Live and Dangerous, which went to #2 in the UK and cemented the band's reputation as a ferocious performer. Yet unlike the sanctioned "live" album, this one is actually live, no retouching, no overdubs. As you might expect, its versions of classics like ‘Boys are Back in Town’ ‘Jailbreak’ and ‘Cowboy Song’ are far rougher than the studio incarnations - but they are also more evenly mixed, so that you can hear the bass and drums. The cartwheeling guitar interplay is still there, still exhilarating, and Lynott's singing is just as wonderfully soulful and warm even at its loudest. But here, you get more of a band sound than you ever heard on the radio, an intimation of just how heavy and propulsive Lynott's bass playing was and how integral Downey's drumming. (‘Massacre’ turns almost tribal in this version.)”
“The Boys are Back in Town”
“Dancing in the Moonlight”