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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...Look What The Wind Just Blew In..." - Thin Lizzy by THIN LIZZY (2010 Expanded CD Remaster), October 24, 2010
This new 18 October 2010 CD (UK release date) on Decca 984 447-7 remasters Thin Lizzy's debut album for Decca/London Records and adds on a further 9 bonus tracks (it was initially slated for a 25 February 2008 release, but cancelled). Here's a detailed breakdown (71:40 minutes):

Tracks 1 to 10 are the album "Thin Lizzy" issued on 30 April 1971 in the UK on Decca SKL 5082 (London PS 594 in the USA).

The album was well received - especially by Britain's influential RADIO 1 DJ David "Kid" Jensen, who championed the band and their platter as much as he could. In 1973 Kid Jensen put substance to his love of the band by turning up as the vocalist in the story song "The Hero And The Madman" on "Vagabonds Of The Western World". The style of Lizzy's debut was a mixture of Rock, Folk and even some Jazzy and Progressive elements. It highlighted Lynnot's great voice and lyrics and Eric Bell's superbly diverse guitar playing. The catchy riff of "Look What The Wind Blew In" (lyrics above) would have made a good lead off single, but no 7" ever came off the album. Standing alone it makes for a warm listen, but it's the bonuses on this issue that make it an all together most tasty beast.

Track 11 is "The Farmer", the A-side of Lizzy's legendary debut single on Parlophone Records DIP 513. Issued in IRELAND-ONLY, it was mistakenly credited to THIN LIZZIE and released on the last day of July 1970. Its first CD appearance came on the superb "Vagabonds Kings Warriors Angels" 4CD Box Set from 2001. As the band was an unknown, its release in that summer of 1970 went completely unnoticed and legend has it that it shifted less than 100 copies. A genuine rarity, the definitive authority that is the Record Collector Rare Record Price Guide of 2012 lists it at £1000, but try finding one! Its inclusion here in upgraded sound quality is a genuine bonus to fans (it wasn't on the original 1991 re-issue CD). As to the song itself, it's not a great track by any stretch of the imagination - it's also the only song in their cannon to feature the original keyboardist Eric Wrixon. Unfortunately, its equally rare and unheard B-side, "I Need You", ISN'T represented on this new reissue (no explanation) - a very real shame that.

Tracks 12 to 15 make up what's known as the "NEW DAY" EP. Recorded across 3 days in July 1971, the non-album 4-track Extended Play was released in Britain after the album on 20 August 1971 as Decca F 13208. Most copies came in a Decca Label Bag, but rare ones carried a beautiful gatefold picture sleeve (very rare and again very expensive - £300+ - I've only ever seen one in my life). It was also a MAXI PLAY EP, in other words it spun at LP speed of 33 1/3. Its four tracks were laid out as follows:
Side A: 1. Dublin 2. Remembering Part II (New Day)
Side B: 1. Old Moon Madness 2. Things Ain't Working Out Down at The Farm
Their first outing on compact disc came on the 1991 reissue of the album as its only bonus tracks, and in the relatively early days of CD issues, the sound quality was good, but not great. In 2000 two of the tracks turned up on the "Classic - The Universal Masters Collection" set in hugely improved sound quality. This October 2010 issue is the first time ALL FOUR TRACKS are presented in the one place in truly exceptional remastered sound quality. Eric Bell's guitar work on "Remembering Part II (New Day") is just great and makes this extended release makes for a much more rocking listening experience.

Tracks 16 to 19 are 'December 1977' remixes and re-workings - they first turned up on the 1979 UK Decca compilation album "The Continuing Saga Of The Ageing Orphans" and have never been on CD before. They contain contributions from Midge Ure of Ultravox and Gary Moore. With regard to these 3 tracks and the other 5 remixes on that album, see my 'comment' attached to this review.

BOOKLET:
The newly upgraded 16-page booklet is peppered with black and whites photos of the boys looking confident and chipper and a very cool and rare poster naming them as the support act to the FACES on the 8th of October 1971 in the Royal Ballroom at Boscombe in Bournemouth. The knowledgeable and detailed liner notes by MARK POWELL go into the band's history as Orphanage, Phil's stint with Ireland's Skid Row, their debut single on Parlophone in Ireland and their eventual signing to Decca in the UK. It's very well written and its all been run by Philomena - Phil's mum.

SOUND:
As with "Shades Of A Blue Orphanage" and the 2CD Deluxe Edition of "Vagabonds Of The Western World", PASCHAL BYRNE has remastered this 2010 CD with hugely improved results. I've raved about his work before (see my reviews for "Ain't No Saint" the 4CD John Martyn box set and "Blues From Laurel Canyon" by John Mayall), and this set is no different. The first generation tapes have been used - not too brash - fantastic presence - each track a revelation.

CONTENT:
Taking their name from a character in the 'Beano' comic book called "Tin Lizzie", the band were still a three-piece at this point - PHILIP LYNOTT on Vocals and Bass, ERIC BELL on Guitars and Keyboards with BRIAN DOWNEY on Drums. The famous dual guitar blasts of Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson are years away, so those expecting "Fighting" or "Jailbreak" should really look further ahead.

SCOTT ENGLISH produced the stage-rehearsed 10 songs in 5 days in January 1971 - and the result was a great debut rather than just a starting point. Rockers like "Look What The Wind Blew In" and the Hendrix-influenced "Ray-Gun" sat comfortably alongside more folky offerings like "Honesty Is No Excuse" and the early Horslips folk-rock vibe of "The Friendly Ranger Of Clontarf Castle" (I come from Clontarf in Dublin). The bass and plucked guitar of "Clifton Grange Hotel" is fantastically clear and the hiss that seemed to inflict previous versions of "Saga Of The Ageing Orphan" is largely gone. The "New Day" EP sounds far better too over the 1991 CD issue. And I love the rocking guitar work put in by Midge Ure on the 1977 modernized remix of "Things Ain't Working Out Down At The Farm". Very nice indeed...

To sum up - lovers of lesser-known Seventies rock sound invest in this - the remaster is fabulous, the bonus tracks genuinely good and I picked it up for less than a mid-priced CD.

Recommended like the refreshing breeze on Dublin's Dollymount Beach.

PS: see also my reviews for the 2010 versions of "Shades Of A Blue Orphanage" and the long-delayed 2CD Deluxe Edition of "Vagabonds Of The Western World".
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "You see, kids were so much wiser after the wars.", May 16, 2004
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Andrew McCaffrey (Satellite of Love, Maryland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Thin Lizzy (Audio CD)
Thin Lizzy is remembered today for their tough talking lyrics, loud guitar chords, hard drums and general macho reputation. So, it may come as a bit of a shock to place their first album into the player and to be greeted by a spoken word poem played over a light, mellow soundtrack. Even more surprising are the pictures in the liner notes. Not yet the brash, macho, rubber-clad warrior, Phillip Lynott looks like quite the shy, bashful young poet. (And the insane masses of hair piling on the heads of all three band-members threaten to overwhelm the photographs.)
Thin Lizzy started life as a more folksy-sounding band than the larger-than-life rockers they would eventually become by the late 70s. But this isn't your regular, throwaway hippie music. There's a real, almost dark, edge here, and also includes more than a few echoes of the harder path their music would follow in later years. Eric Bell's lead guitar is subtle but strong, pushing the songs in harsher places than Phil Lynott's lyrics were ready to go. Lynott's songwriting itself shows more maturity than one would expect from a debut album. Nice poetry here.
A few of the songs have some great catchy riffs to them, which I'm sure made them real crowd pleasers during live Thin Lizzy shows in those early days. If you turned up the distortion on the guitars in "Look What The Wind Blew In", then it would sound right at home on their later albums. But the way the songs are recorded here gives them more of a laid-back, relaxed texture. It works as music to really appreciate, rather than songs to dance to.
The CD labeled just "Thin Lizzy" is actually an amalgamation of their first album and a four-track EP entitled "New Day" they released the same year. Those four songs have been added to the end of this release, and they blend in with the original album quite well. If you didn't realize they were separate records, I'm sure you could have no difficulty believing that the album always sounded like this.
Although it took me quite a while to really get into this album, I'm always impressed (and a little surprised) on the occasions that I do place it in my CD player. This album didn't get a lot of attention at the time (though a DJ on the famed Radio Luxembourg made this his album of the year), and is often overlooked these days in favor of Lizzy's later, louder selections. But I'd certainly recommend this quiet, understated little work. Give it a try if you want to see a different side of Thin Lizzy.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and different for Thin Lizzy, August 21, 1998
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This review is from: Thin Lizzy (Audio CD)
This is an incredible album. For those of you expecting a heavy tone to the album, you will be disappointed. The thing I love about Thin Lizzy is how their music changed over the years and as various band members came and went. The is electric-folk pure and simple. From "Honesty is no Excuse" to "Remembering" (parts 1 & 2) each song brings its own identity and distinguishes itself from the others. Anyone who was a fan of the work Slash did with Lenny Kravitz should check out the song "Ray Gun". If you buy this album without any expectations of style, you will enjoy it. It stands on its own separate from their other albums.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry and Musical Precision, January 19, 2004
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Sidsel Roine (Lexington, KY United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Thin Lizzy (Audio CD)
Thin Lizzy never wanted to be a world famous band. Somewhere along the path of their musical journey, it just happened. They were never afraid to play fast, hard-hitting music, but before the hit singles and worldwide fame, Thin Lizzy was just an Irish rock band; a very good one, as it turned out.
This debut album sounds nothing like Thin Lizzy at the peak of their popularity. Before the twin lead guitars and rock n roll mentality, Thin Lizzy played a brand of electric folk that was second to none. The band has a more laid back feel here; Songs are given the time to tell stories and create images that have a certain resonance, the aural equivalent of old photographs that stir fond, forgotten memories for the listener.
The lyrics are some of Phil Lynott's best,moving beyond simple song lyrics to actual poetry and storytelling put to music. We as listeners are treated to viginettes of characters' lives, given glimpses of intriguing locales, invited to share in a lot of the emotions being conveyed. I would compare the simple, bittersweet lyrics of "Dublin" to some of the best poetry I've ever read. All of this conveyed by the voice of Phil Lynott; at turns passionate, longing, and more vulnerable than perhaps he has ever sounded since.
This album is not a rocker; many fans will be turned off by its electric folk, prog sound. However, this could be Lizzy's deepest, most layered work. Repeated listens will yield new favorites, new appreciation of certain lyrics' phrasing. As is the case with good wine and good women, I find this album gets better with age.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Years, The Tears, The Memories", August 8, 2000
This review is from: Thin Lizzy (Audio CD)
Thin Lizzy became the archetypical rock band, but they began from this point, as a three piece folk/rock band steeped in the traditions of folk music and gypsy imagery. But there was much more to them than that, and Phil Lynott's unique talents were evident from the very start. No other band had the grasp of melody or the lyrical flair that flows through such tracks as Honesty is No Excuse, Diddy Levine and Dublin. Indeed some of Lynott's lyrics are so evocative they'd pass as poetry. Musically the band was keen to experiment and diversify all the way from folk to hard rock, with plenty of panache from Eric Bell and Brian Downey. Sound production is patchy, however, and the drums often sound like they were recorded two rooms away from the microphone. Curiously, Lynott's voice sounds hoarse and over-used throughout, unlike the splendid singing voice he exhibited in later years, though this croakiness seems to add to the ambience. Amongst the weaker tracks is Ray Gun, whose lyrics seem a little half-baked, describing as they do an alien from a planet "three thousand miles away"! Old Moon Madness is less than inspiring too, though it fits in with the rest of the tracks quite comfortably. After this came Shades of a Blue Orphanage, a patchy album which nevertheless contained five or six glorious gems hidden amongst the less inspiring fodder. A couple of years later Thin Lizzy were to become a mainstream rock act, but these early albums (of which this, "Thin Lizzy", is their best) display a charismatic warmth and uniqueness that simply refuses to diminish with the passing of the years. Quite the reverse, in fact.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow, wow, oh my goodness, November 22, 2008
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I think I've finally discovered THE most underrated rock band from the 70's- early Thin Lizzy. Absolutely HORRIBLE that radio stations think "The Boys are Back in Town" and "Jailbreak" are the only songs worth playing. That is just... TOO incredibly narrow-minded beyond words!

The REAL Thin Lizzy was pretty much everything besides those two songs, such as the debut album. I am honestly FLOORED right now that these guys have amazing instrumental skills, fantastic songwriting, and an ability to mix some rather unique guitar tricks with extremely catchy vocal melodies. This feels like the kind of band that can jam away and make it really exciting if they wanted to, or, they can write short, emotional songs with lots of energy, excitement, and passion.

I get the feeling these guys can do anything they want. The early albums, which are honsetly MUCH heavier than I went in expecting, are absolutely great. Heavy in an early Blue Oyster Cult kind of way. The debut album has everything from guitar riffs, to solos, to spectacular and powerful lyrics, to emotional vocals, to catchy verse melodies, to just... everything! What's even more incredible is how many of these songs have their own sound and style, similar to the White Album by the Beatles almost... okay, maybe not quite *that* diverse, but close enough. More diverse than most hard rock bands, that's for sure.

A band that just has extreme underrated talent. The lead singer may be one of the very best from the 70's. Picking a favorite song is impossible- these guys are so good at exploring different styles and coming up with solid songwriting that picking a favorite is just a VERY hard thing to do. Just know the debut album, along with the follow-up called Shades of a Blue Orphanage, are nearly flawless records. For guitar lovers, there's something here. For people who just like great songwriting, there's plenty here for you too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the Thin Lizzy you may know..., November 8, 2002
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This is the very first album by this group that is most best known for thier 6th album Jailbreak. The style of this album is totally different from those albums of the mid 70's but aren't superior to this early masterpiece. In this state the band isn't so refined in thier sound or production. Lynott's vocals are a bit rough but gripping; the lyrics are very poetic. The sound of Eric Bell has so much depth and style that at his greatest moments I think that he would blow Gorham and Robertson (Lizzy guitarists from the mid 70's era) out of the water. Even Downey on drums displays some wild rhythms when given the chance. With this lineup there was a good balance of folk and hard rock songs put out with genuine emotion that in a way wasn't the same in the later periods of the band. I mean in no way to underrate Jailbreak, Johnny the Fox, and Fighting but this first attempt was just as brilliant but for different reasons. This is one album that should not be overlooked.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honesty Is No Excuse, April 6, 2011
Well, the reviewer above already said everything you need to know about this album. I love it. There are some great tracks on here, and the remaster is great. None of that brick-walling crap here, and the bonus tracks are amazing, including the extremely rare single The Farmer, the New Day EP, and remixes. Definitely worth the purchase. Tracklist below

1. The Friendly Ranger at Clontarf Castle [03:02]
2. Honesty Is No Excuse [03:43]
3. Diddy Levine [07:08]
4. Ray-Gun [03:08]
5. Look What the Wind Blew In [03:26]
6. Eire [02:10]
7. Return of the Farmer's Son [04:16]
8. Clifton Grange Hotel [02:29]
9. Saga of the Ageing Orphan [03:40]
10. Remembering, {Part One} [06:07]
Bonus tracks
11. The Farmer (Single 'A' side) [03:40]
12. Dublin (New Day EP) [02:29]
13. Remembering {Part Two}: New Day (New Day EP) [05:07]
14. Old Moon Madness (New Day EP) [03:55]
15. Things Ain't Workin' Out Down at the Farm (New Day EP) [04:32]
16. Look What the Wind Blew In' (1977 Overdubbed & Remixed Version) [03:22]
17. Honesty Is No Excuse (1977 Overdubbed & Remixed Version) [02:45]
18. Dublin (1977 Overdubbed & Remixed Version) [02:32]
19. Things Ain't Working Out Down at the Farm (1977 Overdubbed & Remixed Version) [03:58]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, excellent debut, May 3, 2003
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This album debuts with a Hendrix-esque Friendly Ranger. Excellent pick for the start of the album. Diddy Levine is another very odd, unusual and excellent piece, Eire is very spacey, Saga of the aging orphan is another favorite. There are perhaps one or two clinkers, but the surprising thing is how new some of the songs sound - they are contemporary, and should be examined by today's artists. Lynott had a great singing voice, the band was fine - Eric Bell was a very capable guitarist, Downey a terrific drummer. Lynott's lyrics are interesting, sometimes sad and down, but this album is a very very good debut & worth a hearing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare Gem, February 3, 2008
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I wont even waste time setting this up. This unfortunately overlooked album is one which transcends all of time. Not at all what I was expecting when I finally purchased this along with 'Shades'. But I was enthralled and entranced from the first second that Phil opened his mouth, the first pick of Erics guitar and the first drum beat. And that feeling didn't leave me until the last note of 'Things aint workin "oueet" down at the farm' You know what I mean... While a strikingly different sound than the Thin Lizzy that everyone knows and loves, it is a secret jewell for the real Lynott and Lizzy fans. I only wish I had discovered it long ago, but much better late than never.
As another reviewer stated..it is one of those albums that grown on you the more you listen to it. There is so much depth to almost every track that you will hear startingly different layers each time you hear a song. By the 8th time all the way through I was hearing an entirely different album from the first time around and there was something spiritual about it. You may think that sounds corny, if so, buy the album and see for yourself.
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