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Thin Lizzy - Are You Ready?: Live At Rockpalast (2009)

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  • Actors: Thin Lizzy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Full Screen, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Greatest Hits Live
  • DVD Release Date: November 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002N7W3QC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,656 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Thin Lizzy, led by the inimitable Phil Lynott, were one of the greatest rock bands ever to come out of Ireland. This concert from Loreley, Germany in 1981 was filmed for the German TV series Rockpalast. The set draws tracks from across Thin Lizzy's career and alongside the hits including "Hollywood", from the as then not yet released "Renegade", "Desaster", a track unique to this release, and "Memory Pain" which never made it onto any of their albums. Always a great live band, this DVD captures Thin Lizzy at their very best.

Line-Up: Phil Lynott - lead vocals, bass; Scott Gorham - guitar, backing vocals; Brian Downey - drums; Snowy White - guitar; Darren Wharton - keyboards.

1) Are You Ready?
2) Genocide
3) Waiting For An Alibi
4) Jailbreak
5) Trouble Boys
6) Don't Believe A Word
7) Memory Pain
8) Got To Give It Up
9) Chinatown
10) Hollywood
11) Cowboy Song
12) The Boys Are Back In Town
13) Suicide
14) Black Rose
15) Sugar Blues
16) Baby Drives Me Crazy
17) Rosalie
18) Desaster
19) Emerald

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thin Lizzy rocking hard in Deutschland . . . December 20, 2009
As one of the early proponents of hard rock in the 70's, Thin Lizzy helped blaze the trail for the explosion of heavy metal in the 80's. Are You Ready? is a 19 song, 110 minute long performance, shot in Lorelei, Germany, for the German music program Rockpalast, in 1981. The band lineup is the same one that recorded Chinatown (1980). Phil Lynott on bass and vocals, Scott Gorham on guitar, Brian Downey on drums, and the band's newest members guitarist Snowy White, and Darren Wharton on keyboards.

The concert looks quite good for a performance this age, although the resolution is not the best. The editing is nicely done, and features a variety of camera angles with unobstructed views. When the stage is lighted red almost all detail is lost, and the image occasionally has some distorting horizontal lines, but otherwise the video is pretty watchable. Dolby digital stereo, Dolby digital 5.1 and DTS surround sound, are the available options. The sound quality is mostly good, except for some issues with the guitars. Lynott's vocals and bass, and Downey's drums, both sound great. However at various times the guitar of either Gorham or White, seems muffled or muted. This distraction is mostly tolerable, as Lizzy's twin guitar attack kind of conceals the issue, until someone is playing a solo.

The DVD apparently contains the complete performance, which features a nice mix of the band's catalog. Included is the brand new song Hollywood (Down On Your Luck), plus Chinatown, Sugar Blues, and Genocide from the Chinatown album. Songs from Fighting (1975) include Suicide, and Rosalie, and with Memory Pain, the band even delves into the blues. Lizzy draws most heavily from their classic albums Jailbreak, and Black Rose.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Philo and the Renegades November 17, 2009
I've only owned this DVD for a little over a week and I thought it was quite nice to have some footage of Lizzy with Snowy White onstage with the lads. The sound quality on it is good with some discrepancies in regards to Scott's and Snowy's guitars in the mix. Nevertheless, it is the complete show and the only song I wish they hadn't performed is the lacklustre "Trouble Boys" which was, at the time, their latest single. Why on earth Phil chose to release this song(written by Billy Bremmer(Rockpile) is beyond me. But, all in all, this is a solid show and it explains the ups and downs of Snowy's role within the group. On songs like "Emerald", "Cowboy Song", and "Suicide" it really shows that Snowy's style compared to those who preceded him(Robbo and Gary Moore)lacks the bite and vigorous venom that is required with those songs. Don't get me wrong, Snowy's a talented player, for sure, but, overall, one can see why John Sykes was later recruited to allow Lizzy to go out with a bang in their final throes as a group. If you're a die-hard Lizzy fan, you'll want this alongside the Live and Dangerous DVD set and the Greatest Hits DVD. I hope that there will be more footage released later on, especially with some of Phil's later projects(Grand Slam)...Great set this one....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This concert was filmed in Loreley, Germany during 1981, for the German TV show Rockpalast (Rock Palace). It includes songs, that span Thin Lizzy's career. This is simply Thin Lizzy at their best. This was one of the best hard rocking bands, to come out of Ireland. Phil Lynott was a unique frontman. He cannot be imitated. He & the band ROCKS, in this concert!!! The concert has an approximate running time of 112 minutes.

The line-up is as follows:

The Late/Great, Phil Lynott - Bass, Lead Vocals
Brian Downey - Drums
Scott Gorham - Guitar
Snowy White - Guitar
Darren Wharton - Keyboards

The songs include:
1.Are You Ready?
3.Waiting for an Alibi
5.Trouble Boys
6.Don't Believe a Word
7.Memory Pain
8.Got to Give it Up
11.Cowboy Song
12.The Boy's Are Back In Town (Totally Awesome!!!!)
14.Black Rose
15.Sugar Blues
16.Baby Drives me Crazy

If you like a good, hard-rocking concert, then you'll really enjoy this concert dvd!!!! I know I do!!! Thanks!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Any Thin Lizzy concert is worth watching May 10, 2010
Being one of the greatest live acts of the 70s/80s (and many, including myself, would argue all time), you can't go wrong with live Thin Lizzy. Okay, there are a few exceptions but overall you can count on a product of high quality and showmanship. I didn't really care for this concert upon initial viewing - Phil seemed too lethargic (although he does liven up about halfway in the set but we don't need to get into why...) and some of the songs didn't have the punch that they did in earlier recordings ("Emerald" on this recording is very underwhelming). But I gave it another chance and was very glad I did. The material from the latter part of their career always did sound better live then in studio - "Genocide" and "Hollywood" are evidence of this. And the keyboards would also become much more cloying and louder with the Thunder & Lightning tour. This isn't Phil & Co. at their finest hour but they are still very good here. "Black Rose" is always a pleasure, even if they didn't play the whole song - I don't think anyone but Gary Moore is capable of doing that though. It's also fun watching Phil's interaction with the crowd during "Baby Drives Me Crazy" - in which the crowd surprisingly hangs with his vocal intonations.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely poor video and sound quality
As much as I love Thin Lizzy could recommend only for diehard fans, the video and audio quality is terrible. Don't understand the ratings here, did I receive a defective disk?? Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mike Wagliardo
5.0 out of 5 stars EMERALD!!!!
when i first read of this dvd i was a little skeptic about it but boy i was wrong, this is just another live masterpiece by Phil and the boys covering their older classics from... Read more
Published 14 months ago by roll tide roll!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocking Show!!
Phil and the boys tear it up in Germany....the band sounds tight...lots of great tunes..must have for Thin Lizzy fans...
Published 21 months ago by Daniel Emperador
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 long-a** concert,but totally awesome!
I think toward the end of this concert that both the band and the audience were getting a little Burned Out.
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Published 23 months ago by Ralph
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I've always avoided this Rockpalast gig because of the criticisms but having now watched it - it's brilliant. If you're into Lizzy buy it. Read more
Published on June 27, 2012 by Magpie
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the best Live LIZZY show available and for 10 bucks?
How can this be less than 5 stars? Sure Snowy White is taking the place of iconic Brian Robertson (although Snowy is better its still not the original magical lineup) but... Read more
Published on October 2, 2011 by Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!
I love Thin Lizzy and I think that for what is out there to be had this is the best. Great line up of songs and Phil is at his best and the rest of the band is great. Read more
Published on July 9, 2011 by Christopher L. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you ready to rock!
A definite must own for any real Thin Lizzy fan. I love it, and Phil Lynott is a beast! One of the greatest if not the greatest live band of all time.
Published on April 3, 2011 by Fernando
3.0 out of 5 stars Snowy & Scott on a bad night
C'mon people stop being nostalgic for Phil. Snowy White & Scott Gorham are playing really badly on this DVD. Lizzy could always be hit or miss live, this is miss. Read more
Published on September 11, 2010 by Christopher Ryan
4.0 out of 5 stars Thin Lizzy was of the greatest rockers of all time!
Thin Lizzy live at Rockpalast was
recorded on the Chinatown Tour &
other than the sound quality this
shows what a great band they were
& what great songs they... Read more
Published on March 12, 2010 by Bela
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