Life (Thin Lizzy album)

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Life
Thin Lizzy - Life.jpg
Live album by
Released16 October 1983
Recorded27 November 1981; 10–12 March 1983
VenueHammersmith Odeon, London, UK
GenreHard rock, blues rock
Length97:45
LabelVertigo
Warner Bros. (US only)
ProducerPhil Lynott, Thin Lizzy
Thin Lizzy live albums chronology
Live and Dangerous
(1978)
Life
(1983)
BBC Radio One Live in Concert
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal7/10[2]

Life (subtitled Live, and labelled Life:Live on the original vinyl LP editions) is a double live album by Irish rock band Thin Lizzy, released in 1983. This double album was recorded during their farewell tour in 1983, principally at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, UK. Phil Lynott had felt reluctantly that it was time to disband the group after the 1983 tour and to mark the occasion, former Thin Lizzy guitarists Eric Bell (1969–73), Brian Robertson (1974–78) and Gary Moore (1974, 1977 and 1978–79) joined the band on stage at the end of these gigs to do some numbers. This was called "The All-Star Jam".

The versions of "Renegade", "Hollywood" and "Killer on the Loose" featuring Snowy White had been performed two years earlier when he was still with the band.[citation needed] White's participation was only credited to "Renegade".

Lynott described the slower tempo version of "Don't Believe a Word" as being the original arrangement. A version of the song with the slower arrangement appears on Moore's Back on the Streets album from 1978, with Lynott on bass guitar and lead vocals and Brian Downey on drums.

During the performance of "The Rocker", all of the guitarists (except for White) played at the same time (Moore, John Sykes, Scott Gorham, Robertson and Bell), making a total of eight members on stage performing at once (including keyboard player Darren Wharton).

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Thunder and Lightning"Brian Downey, Phil Lynott5:10
2."Waiting for an Alibi"Lynott3:20
3."Jailbreak"Lynott4:05
4."Baby Please Don't Go"Lynott5:00
5."The Holy War"Lynott5:57
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."Renegade"Lynott, Snowy White6:25
7."Hollywood (Down on Your Luck)"Scott Gorham, Lynott4:02
8."Got to Give It Up"Lynott, Gorham6:55
9."Angel of Death"Lynott, Darren Wharton6:06
10."Are You Ready"Downey, Gorham, Lynott, Brian Robertson2:56
Side three
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Boys Are Back in Town"Lynott4:48
2."Cold Sweat"Lynott, John Sykes3:10
3."Don't Believe a Word"Lynott5:10
4."Killer on the Loose"Lynott6:19
5."The Sun Goes Down"Lynott, Wharton5:02
Side four
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."Emerald"Downey, Gorham, Lynott, Robertson3:50
7."Black Rose"Lynott, Gary Moore6:50
8."Still in Love With You"Lynott8:50
9."The Rocker"Eric Bell, Downey, Lynott4:50

Personnel[edit]

Thin Lizzy
Additional musicians
Production
  • Will Reid Dick – engineer, production assistance

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
1983 Swedish Albums Chart[3] 29
UK Albums Chart[4] 29

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prato, Greg. "Thin Lizzy – Life review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (November 1, 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 355. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5.
  3. ^ "Thin Lizzy – Life (Album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Thin Lizzy Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 February 2018.