Fighting (Thin Lizzy album)
|Studio album by Thin Lizzy|
|Released||12 September 1975|
|Recorded||Olympic Studios, London; May 1975|
|Genre||Hard rock, blues rock|
|Label||Vertigo (UK, NA)
Mercury (US - 1976 rerelease)
|Thin Lizzy chronology|
Cover of the North American releases
Fighting is the fifth studio album by Irish rock band Thin Lizzy, released in 1975. After spending four albums trying to find their niche, the band finally forged an identifiable sound featuring the twin guitars of Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson. This sound draws from hard rock, folk, pop and rhythm and blues. It set the stage for the big commercial breakthrough of the follow-up album, Jailbreak. The album was also their first album to chart in the UK, hitting #60.
The track "Suicide" was originally performed by Thin Lizzy when guitarist Eric Bell was still in the band, including on a BBC broadcast recorded in July 1973. It was first performed with different lyrics under the title "Baby's Been Messing", and lacked the middle section that appears on Fighting. The non-album track "Half-Caste" was released on the B-Side of the original "Rosalie" single. Another track recorded at the Fighting sessions was "Try a Little Harder", which was eventually released on the Vagabonds, Kings, Warriors, Angels boxed set in 2002.
Fighting is the only other Thin Lizzy album aside from their 1971 debut where band members other than Phil Lynott receive sole songwriting credits for certain tracks. Bell wrote "Ray Gun" on the debut, and Robertson and Gorham wrote "Silver Dollar" and "Ballad of a Hard Man", respectively.
A deluxe edition of Fighting was released on 12 March 2012.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic described Fighting as a "tense, coiled, vicious rock & roll album", with which Thin Lizzy began their classic era. Highlighting Gorham and Robertson's twin-guitar interplay, he described this line-up as "vital and visceral", and added that Lynott had made a leap forward as a songwriter, "fully flourishing as a rock & roll poet".
"I was a Lizzy fan," recalled Sounds writer and future Kerrang! founder Geoff Barton, "but Fighting just didn't cut it for me at the time. 'The band's second LP with their new twin-guitar line-up is an adequate rock abum, no more,' I wrote. 'This one suffers from the familiar Lizzy studio trait: lack of any real energy or aggression.' The following month I went to see Lizzy live… About halfway through the show, Phil went into a bit of a diatribe against rock critics and I wondered if he knew I was in the audience. It turned out he did! At the end of the monologue, Phil just kind of shrugged his shoulders and said, with a wry smile on his face, 'But, no matter what, this next song is for Geoff Barton: Still In Love With You.' That was probably the most humbling moment of my entire career."
- "Rosalie" (Bob Seger) – 3:11
- "For Those Who Love to Live" (Brian Downey, Phil Lynott) – 3:08
- "Suicide" (Lynott) – 5:12
- "Wild One" (Lynott) – 4:18
- "Fighting My Way Back" (Lynott) – 3:12
- "King's Vengeance" (Scott Gorham, Lynott) – 4:08
- "Spirit Slips Away" (Lynott) – 4:35
- "Silver Dollar" (Brian Robertson) – 3:26
- "Freedom Song" (Gorham, Lynott) – 3:32
- "Ballad of a Hard Man" (Gorham) – 3:14
Disc 2 (2012 deluxe edition CD)
- "Half Caste" [B-side of "Rosalie"] (Lynott)
- "Rosalie" [US album mix]
- "Half Caste" [BBC Session 29 May 1975]
- "Rosalie" [BBC Session 29 May 1975]
- "Suicide" [BBC Session 29 May 1975]
- "Ballad of a Hard Man [False starts, no vocal]
- "Try a Little Harder" [Alternate vocal] (Lynott, Robertson)
- "Fighting My Way Back" [Rough mix with alternate vocal]
- "Song for Jesse" (Lynott)
- "Leaving Town" [Acoustic, bass and drums – no vocal] (Lynott)
- "Blues Boy" (Robertson)
- "Leaving Town" [Extended take]
- "Spirit Slips Away" [Extended version – take four]
- "Wild One" [No vocal]
- "Bryan's Funky Fazer (Silver Dollar)" (Robertson)
- "Rosalie"/"Half Caste" – 27 June 1975
- "Wild One"/"For Those Who Love to Live" – 17 October 1975
- In the US and Canada, "Wild One" was released with "Freedom Song" as the B-side, and in Greece with "Rosalie" as the B-side.
- Phil Lynott – bass guitar, vocals, acoustic guitar on "Wild One"
- Scott Gorham – guitar
- Brian Robertson – guitar, backing vocals, piano on "Song for Jesse"
- Brian Downey – drums, percussion
- Roger Chapman (from Family) – backing vocals on "Rosalie"
- Ian McLagan (from The Faces) – piano on "Silver Dollar"
- Jean Alain Roussel – Hammond