Renegade (Thin Lizzy album)

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Renegade
Thin Lizzy - Renegade.jpg
Studio album by Thin Lizzy
Released 15 November 1981
Recorded 1981
Studio Odyssey Studios and Morgan Studios, London,
Compass Point Studios, Nassau, The Bahamas
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 40:51
Label Vertigo (UK)
Mercury (Canada)
Warner Bros. (US)
Producer Thin Lizzy, Chris Tsangarides
Thin Lizzy chronology
Chinatown
(1980)
Renegade
(1981)
Thunder and Lightning
(1983)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Martin Popoff 10/10 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[3]

Renegade is the eleventh studio album by Irish band Thin Lizzy, released in 1981. Though not his first appearance, this was the first album in which keyboard player Darren Wharton was credited as a permanent member, becoming the fifth member of the line-up. As such, he made a contribution as a songwriter on the opening track "Angel of Death". However, even though he had officially joined the band, his picture was omitted from the album sleeve.

Departure of Snowy White[edit]

Renegade was the second and final album to feature guitarist Snowy White. By his own admission, White was more suited to playing blues than heavy rock and he quit by mutual agreement the following year. He went on to have a hit single with "Bird of Paradise" in 1983.

Reception[edit]

Greg Prato of AllMusic claimed that Renegade is Thin Lizzy's worst album, with "blatant pop leanings and a production too similar to British heavy metal bands of the early '80s", blaming Snowy White, Lynott's "flat vocals" and the band's drug problems. Prato named "The Pressure Will Blow", "Leave This Town" and "Hollywood" as the album's better songs.[1]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Angel of Death"   Phil Lynott, Darren Wharton 6:18
2. "Renegade"   Lynott, Snowy White 6:08
3. "The Pressure Will Blow"   Scott Gorham, Lynott 3:46
4. "Leave This Town"   Gorham, Lynott 3:49
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Hollywood (Down on Your Luck)"   Gorham, Lynott 4:09
6. "No One Told Him"   Lynott[4] 3:36
7. "Fats"   Lynott, White 4:02
8. "Mexican Blood"   Lynott 3:40
9. "It's Getting Dangerous"   Gorham, Lynott 5:30

A remastered and expanded edition of Renegade was released on 23 September 2013 and includes five bonus tracks:

No. Title Writer(s) Length
10. "Trouble Boys"   Billy Bremner 3:32
11. "Memory Pain"   Percy Mayfield 4:44
12. "Hollywood (Down On Your Luck) [Extended Version]"   Gorham, Lynott 6:16
13. "Renegade [Edited]"   Lynott, White 5:25
14. "Hollywood (Down On Your Luck) [7" A Promo]"   Gorham, Lynott 3:18

Singles[edit]

  • "Trouble Boys" / "Memory Pain" – 31 July 1981
  • "Hollywood" / "The Pressure Will Blow"
A picture disc single was also released.
In the Netherlands, the B-side was "Mexican Blood". In Canada, the B-side was the Phil Lynott solo track, "Girls".

Personnel[edit]

Thin Lizzy[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Chris Tsangarides - producer, engineer
  • Kit Woolven, Andrew Warwick - engineers
  • Ian Cooper - mastering

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Prato, Greg. "Chinatown review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  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. 
  3. ^ Fricke, David (15 April 1982). "Album Reviews: Thin Lizzy - Renegade". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 18 May 2007. Retrieved 2015-01-25. 
  4. ^ Note that Allmusic lists Gorham as a co-writer, although the album credits do not.