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Chinatown

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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.

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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 19, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1980
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B00005LN6P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,373 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Bela on July 20, 2005
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 By S. R. on February 8, 2005
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 18 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Hughes on July 11, 2011
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By U2 MAN on July 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Not only is Thin Lizzy the greatest rock band that everyone seems to have forgotten, but they might just be the greatest rock band period. I was too young to remember these guys back in the day, but I was introduced to them a few years ago and was totally blown away. Phil was one of those rare talents like Hendrix who just knew how to groove. His music is rocking and yet very relaxing at the same time; a rare combination. The title track 'Chinatown' has to be one of the best Lizzy songs of all time. The album itself is superb as are all the other releases from this band. Thin Lizzy is truly one of a kind.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michael Courtney on February 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
It took long enough to get this on CD and dude it was well worth the wait. I've been listening to album cuts of most of the tracks for years. This release is on Wounded Bird Records out of New York. Everything sounds so fresh; it is almost unbelievable. I have always loved Lynott's voice and bass. Brian Downey has always been an excellent drummer. Scott Gorham has been with Lizzy since their Mercury days and it is good to hear him duel with guitar wizard Gary Moore. It's always a thrill to hear different solos in different speakers and to hear two guitarists playing the same leads in harmony. Thin Lizzy, through Lynott, have always been storytellers, as well as performers.
My favorite song on this is "Killer on the Loose", so , beware Jack the Ripper. The vareity here is good, as it always is with a Lizzy album. There is the anthem "We Will Be Strong", there is blues, and there is fun, "Having a Good Time". This disc is full of great tunes! Give a listen to "Chinatown" and "Didn't I". Don't be left out in the cold, complete or start on your Thin Lizzy collection with CHINATOWN, while it is available.
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