Thursday, 8 November 2018

Thin Lizzy - Fighting (1975)


Released September 1975

Recorded at Olympic Studios, London

After the laid-back, late night rock of "Night Life", that at times had an almost funky edge, Thin Lizzy's next offering was far more seriously rocking with what would become a trademark two lead guitar attack of Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson to the fore, one fire on every track. From those early folky-influenced, Celtic-influenced albums to the slightly low-key predecessor, this was the album that saw Thin Lizzy become a proper hard rocking band, end of story.


1. Fighting
2. For Those Who Love To Live
3. Suicide
4. Wild One
5. Fighting My Way Back
6. King's Vengeance
7. Spirit Slips Away
8. Silver Dollar
9. Freedom Song
10. Ballad Of The Hard Man

They turn Bob Seger's "Rosalie" into their own iconic song, it just sounds so good, every time I hear it, while "For Those Who Love To Live" has that Springsteen-esque air of some of the subsequent "Jailbreak" album to it. "Suicide" is just classic Thin Lizzy rock, (it actually dates back to 1972), with excellent guitar all over it and Phil Lynott's menacing vocals on top form. Top quality rock, this. Just to show they hadn't quite left that wistful Celtic feel completely in the past, "Wild One" had some Irish-sounding refrains and guitar and another convincing vocal, strong but soulful. "Fighting My Way Back" continues the all-out rock attack, with a slightly wah-wah riff at the beginning and some impressive drum rock. The pace hasn't really let up at all, as yet.

"King's Vengeance" has a melodic tone to it, and some dual high-pitched guitar riffs, but it still rocks. As you listen to this, you think just what an underrated album it is. Personally I prefer it to the more commercially successful "Jailbreak". "Spirit Slips Away" finally sees the tempo slow down, giving us one of those classic Thin Lizzy tuneful but powerful, bassy rock ballads. Lynott's voice is yearning and seductive on here. "Silver Dollar" is a bit more laid-back too, although it has its big crashing guitar moments, despite its slightly less visceral passages in comparison to the first half of the album.

"Freedom Song" has some of those classic Lizzy guitar runs that immediately identify it as a Thin Lizzy song. I forgot to say earlier that the remastered sound on the album is excellent too. It has only been a relatively short, ten track album (that's fine by me, actually). It ends with the rocking but slightly more ordinary "Ballad Of The Hard Man". It has some searing guitar interplay half way through, though. Overall, it has been an impressive album, and one that confirmed Thin Lizzy as the real thing.


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