Lynott, the band's de facto leader, was composer or co-composer of almost all of the band's songs, and the first black Irishman to achieve commercial success in the field of hard rock music. They boasted some of the most critically acclaimed guitarists throughout their history, with Downey and Lynott as the rhythm section, on the drums and bass guitar. As well as being multiracial, the band drew their members not only from both sides of the Irish border but also from both the Catholic and Protestant communities during The Troubles.
The band played their final UK concert before their break-up at the Reading Festival on 28 August 1983, which was eventually released in 1992 as their BBC Radio One Live in Concert album. The last concert came in Nuremberg on 4 September, at the Monsters of Rock festival, after which the band members went their separate ways.
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Today's mystery album was released 2nd of June 1978, It was the 8th album release by the band and it's first live album which went platinum in the UK. The album was originally intended to be a studio album. Working with producer Tony Visconti, Thin Lizzy maintained huge success with their previous album Bad Reputation, and the group wanted to work with him again. However, Visconti had a very tight schedule, so Phil Lynott came up with the idea that they spend two weeks together compiling a live album instead.
The album sleeve notes credit two live recordings as the source of the album - Hammersmith Odeon, London, England on 14 November 1976 (as part of the tour for Johnny the Fox), and Seneca College Fieldhouse, Don Mills, Toronto, Canada on 28 October 1977. Although all sources agree that Live and Dangerous contains overdubs, there is considerable disagreement about the extent of them. According to Visconti, the album was "75% recorded in the studio." Other sources, including the band members themselves, claim that the finished album is "75% live". Mixing and overdubs were done at Studio Des Dames in Paris. The record sleeve includes a montage photograph in the studio consisting of a mirror, straw, razor blade and a rolled up five pound note (as an overt reference to cocaine consumption).
On this album, the band segues immediately from "Cowboy Song" into "The Boys Are Back in Town", on the line "a cowboy’s life is the life for me" - the last chord of the former was the first of the latter anyway though their studio versions were recorded as separate songs. This technique was revisited with the same pair of live tracks in subsequent performances, and showcased more professionally on further live albums. It's included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and ranked number one in PlanetRock.com's The Greatest Live Album Top 40. In 2011, the British music magazine NME ranked it at No. 1 in its 50 Greatest Live Albums of All Time. Here in it's latest remastered and extended version (87min). N'Joy
Goldy Rhox 139 (flac 602mb)
Goldy Rhox 139 (ogg 213mb)
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