Thin Lizzy - Live and Dangerous
by Mott the Dog
**** 4 Star Rating
The fabulous “Live And Dangerous” album captures the hard rockin’, hard livin’ Thin Lizzy at the pinnacle of their powers.
After early success with a one-off single, “Whisky In The Jar”, in 1972, things had reached a nadir during a tour of Germany. After the guitarists hired in order to replace original guitarist Eric Bell had not worked out, the main songwriter, bass player and showman extraordinaire, Phil Lynott, along with his Irish colleague Brian Downey, considered throwing in the towel. However, the arrival of the ultra cool American Scott Gorham along with Scottish wild man Brian Robertson soon sorted things out and Thin Lizzy started their meteoric rise to the very top of the rock tree.
After five increasingly successful albums, they set out on a world tour (supported by the up and coming Graham Parker & The Rumour) which culminated in three sold out shows at the Hammersmith Odeon, London.
What shows they were too! On ‘Live & Dangerous’ you get the entire set as it was performed. After the release there was a lot of back-biting about the fact that a lot of the bum notes were smoothed over by a production studio and that some of the solos were overdubbed. But let’s face it, if it improves the overall enjoyment of the music, who cares? The way these guys moved on stage, it is hardly surprising if the odd note was missed.
The set starts with the perfect opener in “Jailbreak”, with wailing sirens and the audience impatiently chanting the band’s name. Before the next song Phil Lynott asks the audience, in his thick Irish brogue, “Is there anybody here with any Irish in them? Are there any girls who’d like a little more Irish in them?”
The band rip through five more songs, including “Dancing in the Spotlight”, with the fabulous John Earle on sax. They then slow it down for the heartbreaking love song, “Still In Love With You”. But from that point on, it is Hell-raising Rock ‘n’ Roll all the way. Phil Lynott wrote some classic songs and they are all here.
The next time you have to make a long car journey buy this album and put it on your player. You’ll arrive at your destination in half the time and then stay sitting in the car to listen to just one more song.
By 1983 Thin Lizzy were gone and two years later Phil Lynott was taken from us permanently. However, listen to their legacy, it will never be bettered.
Thin Lizzy’s ‘Live & Dangerous’ stood for what rock music is supposed to be all about - a good night out.
Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived a miserable ogre named Shrek. He is horrified when the solitude of his swamp is disturbed by a sudden invasion of cartoon creatures, who have been banished from Lord Farquaad’s kingdom. There are fairytale characters like the Three Little Pigs along with the Three Bears, the Three Blind Mice, Tinkerbell, the Big Bad Wolf and Pinocchio.
Determined to save their home - not to mention his own - Shrek cuts a deal with Farquaad and sets out to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona to be Farquaad’s bride. Accompanying him on his mission is a wisecracking donkey, who will do anything for Shrek... except shut up. When Shrek and the donkey get inside the castle, there are exciting action scenes that whirl madly through the spacious castle, and revelations about the dragon no one could have guessed.
There is a moment in “Shrek” when the despicable Lord Farquaad has the Gingerbread Man tortured by dipping him into milk. This prepares us for another moment when Princess Fiona’s singing voice is so piercing it causes jolly little bluebirds to explode. Making the best of a bad situation, she fries their eggs!
As you can gather this is not your run of the mill cartoon. Shrek is not handsome but he isn’t as ugly as he thinks; he’s a guy we want as our friend, and he doesn’t frighten us but stir our sympathy; in fact he’s quite a loveable character.
Directed by: Andrew Adamson
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