Chinatown (Thin Lizzy album)

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Thin Lizzy - Chinatown.jpg
Cover art by Jim Fitzpatrick
Studio album by Thin Lizzy
Released 10 October 1980
Recorded April – August 1980
Studio Good Earth Studios, London
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 41:02
Label Vertigo (UK)
Mercury (Canada)
Warner Bros. (US)
Producer Thin Lizzy & Kit Woolven
Thin Lizzy chronology
Black Rose: A Rock Legend
(1979)Black Rose: A Rock Legend1979

Chinatown is the tenth studio album by Irish band Thin Lizzy, released in 1980. It introduced guitarist Snowy White who would also perform on the next album as well as tour with Thin Lizzy between 1980 and 1982; he replaced Gary Moore as permanent guitarist. White had previously worked with Cliff Richard, Peter Green and Pink Floyd. Chinatown also featured seventeen-year-old Darren Wharton on keyboards, and he joined Thin Lizzy as a permanent member later that year.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars [1]
Martin Popoff 8/10 stars[2]

Greg Prato of Allmusic described Chinatown as a "letdown" compared to the previous album Black Rose: A Rock Legend, blaming the absence of Gary Moore and producer Tony Visconti, and the drug problems experienced by Phil Lynott and Scott Gorham. Prato praised side one as containing the best material, including the "anthemic" "We Will Be Strong", and the "pop perfection" of "Sweetheart". However, he described side two as "comprised almost entirely of bland filler", although he believed that Chinatown was "not their worst album".[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Phil Lynott, except where noted.

Side one
  1. "We Will Be Strong" – 5:11
  2. "Chinatown" (Brian Downey, Scott Gorham, Lynott, Snowy White) – 4:43
  3. "Sweetheart" – 3:29
  4. "Sugar Blues" (Downey, Gorham, Lynott, White) – 4:22
  5. "Killer on the Loose" – 3:55
Side two
  1. "Having a Good Time" (Lynott, White) – 4:38
  2. "Genocide (The Killing of the Buffalo)" – 5:06
  3. "Didn't I" – 4:28
  4. "Hey You" (Downey, Lynott) – 5:09

Deluxe edition[edit]

A new remastered and expanded edition of Chinatown was released on 27 June 2011. This new edition is a 2-CD set, with the original album on disc one, and bonus material on disc two.

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Don't Play Around" (B-side)
  2. "We Will Be Strong" (Single version)
  3. "Sugar Blues" (City Hall, Cork, 1980)
  4. "Whiskey in the Jar" (traditional) (City Hall, Cork, 1980)
  5. "Are You Ready" (Gorham, Downey, Brian Robertson, Lynott) (City Hall, Cork, 1980)
  6. "Chinatown" (City Hall, Cork, 1980)
  7. "Got to Give It Up" (Lynott, Gorham) (RDS Hall, Dublin, 1980)
  8. "Dear Miss Lonely Hearts" (Jimmy Bain, Lynott) (RDS Hall, Dublin, 1980)
  9. "Killer on the Loose" (Hammersmith Odeon, 1981)
  10. "Chinatown" (Edited version)
  11. "Chinatown" (Soundcheck, Cork, 1980)
  12. "Don't Play Around" (Soundcheck, Hammersmith, 1980)
  13. "Sweetheart" (Soundcheck, Hammersmith, 1980)
  14. "Didn't I" (Soundcheck, Cork, 1980)
  15. "Hey You" (Soundcheck, Cork, 1980)


  • "Chinatown" / "Sugar Blues" (live) – 16 May 1980
  • "Killer on the Loose" / "Don't Play Around" (Gorham, Lynott) – 9 September 1980
A double single pack was also released, with the other disc featuring "Got to Give It Up" (live) / "Chinatown" (live).
In the USA, the B-side was "Sugar Blues".
  • "We Will Be Strong" / "Sweetheart" (USA only)
  • "Hey You" / Killer on the Loose" – 6 January 1981 (Germany only)


Thin Lizzy[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]


  • Kit Woolven – producer, engineer
  • Gordon Fordyce – assistant engineer
  • Ian Cooper – mastering


  1. ^ a b Prato, Greg. "Chinatown review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-06-22. 
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (November 1, 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5.