Solo in Soho

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Solo In Soho
Studio album by Philip Lynott
Released 18 April 1980
May 1980 (Japan)
Recorded Winter 1979–early 1980 at Good Earth Studios, Soho, London; Compass Point Studios, Nassau
Genre Rock
Length 35:47
Label Vertigo (Japan, UK)
Mercury (Canada)
Warner Bros. (US)
Producer Philip Lynott, Kit Woolven
Philip Lynott chronology
Solo in Soho
The Philip Lynott Album
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Smash Hits 5/10[1]

Solo in Soho is the first solo album by Philip Lynott, released while he was still in Thin Lizzy. Current and former Lizzy members guested on the album including Scott Gorham, Brian Downey, Snowy White, and Gary Moore. Brian Robertson also contributed to the writing of "Girls".

"Tattoo (Giving It All Up for Love)" was covered by Huey Lewis and the News on their sophomore album, Picture This.

Guest musicians[edit]

Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler plays on "King's Call", a lament to Elvis Presley. Huey Lewis plays harmonica on "Tattoo (Giving It All Up For Love)" and "Ode To A Black Man". Lewis later covered the former on his 1982 album, Picture This.

Yellow Pearl[edit]

"Yellow Pearl" was released as a single in two remixed versions - the first of these being later used as the theme tune from 1981–1986 for the British music TV programme Top of the Pops. This version was later included on Lynott's second solo album The Philip Lynott Album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Philip Lynott, except where noted.

Original LP[edit]

Side One[edit]

  1. "Dear Miss Lonely Hearts" (Jimmy Bain, Lynott) – 4:11
  2. "King's Call" – 3:40
  3. "A Child's Lullaby" – 2:43
  4. "Tattoo (Giving It All Up for Love)" – 3:21
  5. "Solo in Soho" – 4:15

Side Two[edit]

  1. "Girls" (Bain, Lynott, Brian Robertson) – 4:00
  2. "Yellow Pearl" (Lynott, Midge Ure) – 4:06
  3. "Ode to a Black Man" – 4:06
  4. "Jamaican Rum" – 2:43
  5. "Talk in 79" – 3:00

CD Issue[edit]

  1. "Dear Miss Lonely Hearts" – 4:11
  2. "King's Call" – 3:40
  3. "A Child's Lullaby" – 2:43
  4. "Tattoo (Giving It All Up for Love)" – 3:21
  5. "Solo in Soho" – 4:15
  6. "Girls" – 4:00
  7. "Yellow Pearl" – 4:06
  8. "Ode to a Black Man" – 4:06
  9. "Jamaican Rum" – 2:43
  10. "Talk in 79" – 3:00



  • Produced by Philip Lynott and Kit Woolven
  • Engineered by Kit Woolven, Tony Visconti, "Flash" Gordon Fordyce, Will Reid-Dick and Ian Cooper
  • Chris O'Donnell - art direction
  • Linda Sutton, Roger Cooper - artwork and design
  • John Swannell - photography


  1. ^ Hepworth, David. "Albums". Smash Hits (May 15–28, 1980): 31.