Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak (Deluxe Edition 2011)

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1976, the year that Thin Lizzy released their finest work. The one that put them officialy in the map as a super power of their era, with their dual guitar attack having been carved beyond perfection. An album that reflects maturity, power, and passion…
 
“Jailbreak” is a classic album that is doomed to defy the test of time and remain untamed, and timeless, thanks to its creators. Of course, the chief-creator, the one and only Phil Lynott, gave his most important layed the best of hs abilities on this one winning a place in the rock’n’roll pantheon.

35 years later the album is out again under the “care” of two members that played on the album, Scott Gorham, and Brian Downey, and   a sick Lizzy fan, Def Leppars singer, Joe Elliot. To get n idea n how much the Lepp’s love Lizzy, just think that right now one of their guitarists, Vivian Campbell, is a member of 2011 Lizzy… but we won’t go there…

We will to the second CD of this edition, which contains album songs remixes, live tracks, an unreleased song, and stuff like that. First of all, re-mixing songs is something redundant, as well as dangerous. It’s redundant, because the original version will always be better, hands down. And, it’s dangerous because remixing might spoil it.

But, when pure love comes in, and the “alternative” material is good, it’s a different story. So, yes, it’s sacrilege to play with “The Boys Are Back In Town”, but it’s also very interesting, especially for the fans that would like to listen a different version of an already favorite song, even if it was never played like that, but comes to life thanks to the love and ability of a producer, with some band members. It’s like playing fantasy soccer over the internet, and putting Maradona alongside Pele on the same team. Surely, Robbo and Scott Gorham never played those solos, but what if they did when they were writing the songs, or rehearsing, or it was always in their minds? Well, it’s out now and you can judge on your own… I have to say though that the result is not bad at all…

The BBC sessions are great, with “Emerald” taking off literally with the two guitars lost in the celtic myth, while Lynoty, and Downey on bass, and drums follow the Scottish and the Californian guitarist.
 
This is great stuff, with total respect and affection to the original work, and an example at the same time of how jobs like that should be done… and stillm you get the original on the first CD to re-live the original experience… “spread the word around, the boys are back in town”…