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Chinatown

Thin LizzyAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (June 19, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1980
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B00005LN6P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,404 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. We Will Be Strong
2. Chinatown
3. Sweetheart
4. Sugar Blues
5. Killer On The Loose
6. Having A Good Time
7. Genocide
8. Didn't I
9. Hey You

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Hard rock quartet formed by Philip Lynott out of Dublin, Ireland. Thin Lizzy had numerous charting albums throughout the 70's & 80's. Chinatown was originally released in 1980. Featured guitarists are Gary Moore & Scott Gorham. 9 tracks. 2001 reissue.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CHINATOWN ROCKS! July 20, 2005
By Bela
Format:Audio CD
i'm tired of hearing how bad this album and renegade were!

these two albums are awesome and have classic songs! yes

there were some not so strong but there are no duds. Also

Snowy White is a really good player and plays great on these

albums and blended well with Scott Gorham. Take a listen again

and really listen without comparing to the Live n' Dangerous

line up that everyone compares too. These albums rock as much

as Thunder and LIghtning and some of the earlier stuff! With

all the bad music out there I still listen to these all the time.

I think true Lizzy and rock fans love these albums and maybe all

the skeptics should give them another try? Rock on!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars underrated February 8, 2005
By S. R.
Format:Audio CD
Chinatown is often maligned by critics knowing the dual guitar lineup of Gorham/Robertson or even Gorham/Moore was replaced by ace guitarist Snowy White as partner to Scott Gorham. But this is still Phil Lynot's band here, and once again he makes the magic with a collection of understated rockers that DO better with age "We Will Be Strong" "Sweetheart" and "Chinatown". White brings an american rythm and blues style to the mix with "Sugar Blues" and the band also delivers the goods on the quintessential rocker "Killer on the Loose". Still with the band is Lynot's poignant lyrics and vocal chops, so I never understood the backlash against this effort. To me it easily ranks alongside Jailbreak, and Bad Reputation. The recording is a bit more polished than earlier Lizzy releases but the rockers are still tight and feverish with the sonic clarity welcomed. That's not a slight at earlier Lizzy recordings, which I always thought were a cut above many hard rock bands of the era (especially Sabbath, Slade, and UFO). It's just a good album to crank up to "11".
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The new expanded edition July 11, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Amazon Verified Purchase
Let us discuss what makes this particular release especially notable and special. The Chinatown album itself has it's share of ups and downs - the beginning of Thin Lizzy's decline (but it's FAR more solid then the rock-bottom "Renegade" follow-up). I always thought that "Genocide" came to life when played live and is kind of tepid sounding on this album. Then there's the bland "Having a Good Time" - meh. "Didn't I" succeeds as a ballad to a certain extent - at least it has a nice riff. "We Will Be Strong" is a little all over the place lyrically as well as "Sweetheart" but at least the musicianship is solid and tuneful. More plaintively stated, the trademark dual-guitar melodies propelled this album quite further along with the songwriting largely being inconsistent. The cover of the '30s blues song "Sugar Blues" is very welcomed and the singles "Chinatown" and "Killer on the Loose" are definitely Lizzy classics and standards.
Now let's get on to the meat and potatoes of the release - the bonus tracks. Many of these were previously only available on really expensive and rare import releases or unofficial releases. The live versions of "Dear Miss Lonely Hearts" and "Chinatown" are bar none the best live versions of these tracks. The 3-guitar live version of "Whiskey in the Jar" with Midge Ure ("Midge knows the song") is really fun and the audience makes the performance really special. The fidelity of the tracks is unbelievable compared to how I've heard them over the years. The soundchecks from Cork and Hammersmith are notable as some of the songs are played in different arrangements ("Hey You") or contain different lyrics ("Sweetheart"). I still wonder if Phil adlibbed those lyrics on the spot or they were how the song was originally written.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thin Lizzy Enters The 80's In Solid Hard Rock Mode! April 23, 2010
By Chappa
Format:Audio CD
The late 1979-early 1980 period was a interesting one for the group as band leader Phil Lynott was searching for a full time replacement of guitarist Gary Moore who had quit the group (for the second time) mid-way through a US tour in July 1979. After a brief period with temporary guitarists Dave Flett (from Manfred Mann's Earth Band) and Midge Ure (from Ultravox), in early 1980 Flett was replaced with permanent guitarist Snowy White joining Lynott on vocals/bass and Brian Downey on drums to complement Scott Gorham's rhythm and harmony guitar leads. For a biref time the band had three guitarsits with Gorham/White and Ure who played a combination of keyboards/guitar but was soon replaced in April '80 with Darren Wharton who played the keyboards exclusively and eventually became a permanent member of the band. At the time of the album's writing process, it appears that Lynott knew exactly how he wanted the band to sound: like hard rock/metal more than anything else! The LP was recorded in London during an extended period during 1980 between April and August with producer Kit Woolven. Out of the nine tracks featured, all of them are in that mode except one which is a fine sort of ballad. The nine songs featured are musically powerful and Lynott's lyrics are cool as they always were!

The first track "We Will Be Strong" is one of the best not only here but from the entire band's work. It is a perfect fusion of hard rock and pop with the classic harmony leads all over it right from the first second. The harmonized motif is based on the E major scale with Lynott hitting the A and B notes on his bass. Before long there's a brief pause and the verse begins.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of great Lizzyesque songs
I've never understood the dislike it seems that so many Thin Lizzy fans have for this album. Maybe it doesn't have the mega-hit or "instant classic" like some of Thin... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Doghouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Thin Lizzy - Chinatown [Deluxe Edition]
Chinatown Deluxe Edition is a nice record. The original album was a solid piece of work. 'We Will Be Strong' is an impressive number. Read more
Published 4 months ago by J.D.
5.0 out of 5 stars genocide rules!!!
first of all i have every t.l. album and most of their dvds i have read all of the dreadful reviews of this poor album i bought the original and the deluxe remastered version i... Read more
Published 5 months ago by phantom rocker
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow... WOW!!!
Thin Lizzy just kept getting better and better as a band, and this one really hits home. It opens with "We Will Be Strong," which doesn't really have a heavy riff, but is full of... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Surferofromantica
4.0 out of 5 stars Killer on the loose
Chinatown and Renegade are usually name checked as the worst albums Thin Lizzy made. While Renegade has it's fair share of weak tracks and all over the place ideas, it's weird to... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Bloodbath_and_Beyond
4.0 out of 5 stars a lot of good, but only 2 greats
still a little mystified by how much credit TL is given by later hard rockers like GNR & Metallica. I'm always thinking "really? The 'Boys are Back in Town' guys"? Read more
Published 17 months ago by dandylion
4.0 out of 5 stars Snowy Comes In
With the departure of the excellent Gary Moore after Black Rose, which is a shame really, Snowy White joins Scott Gorham in the twin lead guitarist roles for "Chinatown". Read more
Published 18 months ago by apshep
4.0 out of 5 stars still able to make good discs at this point.
Thin lizzy was about to head down. Phil lynotts drug problems would destroy this band and take his life in 1986. drugs suck , what else can you say? Read more
Published 20 months ago by Michael Dobey
2.0 out of 5 stars In two words, Lizzy's worst.
But let me explain why. And first, something about who it is saying this.

I've been a Thin Lizzy fan since 'Live and Dangerous'. Read more
Published 23 months ago by containsnopartofmyname
3.0 out of 5 stars ChinaTown--you wouldn't want to go there..
There is enough slick guitar playing in this album to delight any serious fan of the Thin Lizzy style. Read more
Published on October 12, 2011 by M. C. Valentine
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