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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 20, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001F8Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,968 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

The boys struck while their creative iron was hot, releasing this hit LP less than seven months after Jailbreak . Dig the dangerous sounds of Johnny; Rockey; Don't Believe a Word; Massacre ; the funky Johnny the Fox Meets Jimmy the Weed , and more!

Customer Reviews

Every song on this album is fantastic.
Matt
We should look at this band (or listen) as four very talented rock musicians playing pure basic hard rock music, simple as that.
Suprematist Juggernaut
If you like classic rock, then just buy this, and enjoy.
Nathaniel Slautich

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "The Woj" on May 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The music on this album is 5 stars, no argument. This review is mainly for Thin Lizzy fans debating on whether to purchase this "remastered" import.....DO IT! From the very first track, "Johnny", I was flat out blown away by the improvement in the sound compared to previous releases (the sweep of Brian Downey's drum fills on "Johnny" from the right to left channel are right in your face and super clean....I knew right then this was going to be a fantastic listen). So if you still have this album on vinyl or are thinking about upgrading from your current cd version, add to cart now. You will not regret this purchase, I guarantee it. Lastly, look int zShops, you can get this album at a really, really fair price.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mark Lahren on October 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
One of my fondest memories of this album was when my grandmother, a church organist and music lover, remarked on how good the drummer was, never missing a beat even during his rolling and inventive fills. While this could be said of many top-notch rock drummers, it says something that even my grandmother appreciated at least the drumming on this album. However, this is my review, not my grandmother's, so...

This is Thin Lizzy doing mainstream. And doing it exceptionally well. I love every track on this album. The dual guitar solos are perfect, right in line with those found on "Jailbreak", which is saying a lot. The whole album feels like an extension of "Jailbreak", which is a good thing. The songwriting is great, Lynott's vocals are great; everything is tight, polished, and professional. If you like Lizzy, you'll love this. And if you've never experienced them before, you'll still love this. It's one of '70's rock's classics. A must-have for any music lover. All the tracks are strong, with the possible exception of "Boogie Woogie Dance", which seemed sort of silly to me, although still quite listenable. My personal favorite Lizzy album though will always be "Night Life", which came out a few years earlier and has a much softer and jazz-influenced sound.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark H. on December 30, 2007
Format: Audio CD
God I love this album; it may be my favorite of Lizzy's with a slight bump over its predecessor 'Jailbreak'. In less than a year's time, Philip and the boys went back to the studio to contruct another opus to take advantage of the buzz around their previous hit record. When released in October of 1976, seven months after 'Jailbreak', 'Johnny the Fox' stalled commercially. The biggest reason might be that there was no follow up single along the lines of "Boys Are Back in Town" and the fellas were denied rock superstardom, especially in the US. Also another psuedo concept lp, 'Johnny the Fox' represented a peak in artistic abililty for Lizzy. The guitar partnership of Gorham and Robertson was flawless along with Brian Downey's performance. Philip's voice and lyrics were even more soulful and heartbreaking as he warned of the foilibles of life on the road or a life of crime. "Don't Believe a Word" was the lone single on 'JtheF' but it may not be the best song, though it is one of Thin Lizzy's greatests. "Massacre" is quite simply a masterpiece and would later be covered by Iron Maiden (whose dual guitar interplay was heavily influenced by Lizzy!). "Fool's Gold", "Borderline" and "Old Flame" tug at the heart strings as they portray lads and lasses who suffer through life at their own or others' hands. "Boogie Woogie Dance" is indescribable with an amazing rhythm section. "Johnny" and "Rocky" seem to be about rivals or old friends, one a career criminal and the other a rock star wannabe (or are they both the same man?). Some may prefer 'Jailbreak' but either way you can't go wrong with 'Johnny the Fox'....it'll take you right up to heaven. Play on voodoo rhythm devils!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Camargo, on March 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I am from Limeira,SP BRA a city 150 Km from Sao Paulo and I am a #1 fan of this R&R band. They are not so known here and is pretty difficult to get a CD. I have 11 Cd's on my private collection and I consider "Jhonny the Fox" one of the best Thin Lizzy album. It is the maximum that a R&R band can reach. Starting with "Jhonny the fox"(the song) simply fantastic, "Fool's gold" with amazing guitar solo.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thirty-Ought Six on April 18, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This record following the success of Jailbreak is more of a consolidation of those gains from its predecessor. The first four tracks Johnny, Rocky, Borderline and Don't Believe a Word are an awesome quartet of strength to this release. Phil introduces two character roles here in the third person of the qualities of the dangerous Johnny and cocky Rocky the rock star. Borderline is a quiet tune about a tumultuous relationship between a struggling musician and his estranged girlfriend left behind. Don't Believe a word is in abbreviated form here, orginially begun as a slow blues number, Robertson and Gorham beef this track up to a great hard rock number. In the live sets that followed, "Word" would become a tour de-force for the twin Lizzy axemen. Fools Gold, while an interesting tale of perhaps an old Irish origin, drops the quality a bit here with the flow of the record. With continuance of the first track, comes tale #2 in Johnny the Fox Meets Jimmy the Weed, which would also be a live staple among most future Lizzy tours. Old Flame again seems a bit of filler here and this is certainly true of the record's closing numbers Sweet Marie and Boogie Woogie Dance, which I feel, really bring this album down. Massacre is shoehorned in between those three and while an extremely powerful number, it cannot save the letdown of what this record could have been. Lizzy would begin to develop a habit of padding some of their future releases with inferior tracks (or if you like, more of a glossy pop sensibility of a song)amongst the harder and better arranged ones. I really want to like this record in its entirety, but because of the 3 or 4 lesser numbers, Johnny the Fox never quite makes it there.
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