Thin Lizzy (album)

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Thin Lizzy
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Studio album by Thin Lizzy
Released 30 April 1971 (LP)
20 August 1971 (New Day EP)
Recorded 4–9 January 1971 (LP)
14–17 June 1971 (New Day EP)
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 38:39
Label Decca
Producer Scott English
Thin Lizzy chronology
Thin Lizzy
Shades of a Blue Orphanage
(1972)Shades of a Blue Orphanage1972

Thin Lizzy is the first studio album by Irish hard rock band Thin Lizzy, released in 1971.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Phil Lynott, except where stated.

Side one
  1. "The Friendly Ranger at Clontarf Castle" (Eric Bell, Lynott) – 3:01
  2. "Honesty Is No Excuse" – 3:40
  3. "Diddy Levine" – 7:04
  4. "Ray-Gun" (Bell) – 3:05
  5. "Look What the Wind Blew In" – 3:23
Side two
  1. "Eire" – 2:07
  2. "Return of the Farmer's Son" (Brian Downey, Lynott) – 4:14
  3. "Clifton Grange Hotel" – 2:26
  4. "Saga of the Ageing Orphan" – 3:40
  5. "Remembering" – 5:59

When the album was repackaged for CD in 1990, the four tracks that comprised the rare "New Day" EP were added:

  1. "Dublin" (Lynott) – 2:26
  2. "Remembering, Pt. 2 (New Day)" (Bell, Downey, Lynott) – 5:04
  3. "Old Moon Madness" (Lynott) – 3:52
  4. "Things Ain't Workin' Out Down at the Farm" (Lynott) – 4:29

Remastered and expanded release[edit]

On 11 October 2010, a new remastered and expanded version of Thin Lizzy was released. This version features the following bonus tracks:

  1. "The Farmer" (Lynott)
  2. "Dublin"
  3. "Remembering Pt. 2 (New Day)"
  4. "Old Moon Madness"
  5. "Things Ain't Working Out Down at the Farm"
  6. "Look What the Wind Blew In" (1977 overdubbed and remixed version)
  7. "Honesty Is No Excuse" (1977 overdubbed and remixed version)
  8. "Dublin" (1977 overdubbed and remixed version)
  9. "Things Ain't Working Out Down at the Farm" (1977 overdubbed and remixed version)


  • "The Farmer"/"I Need You" (John D'Ardis) - 31 July 1970 (Ireland only)
  • "New Day" EP - 20 August 1971 (UK and Ireland only)


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Eduardo Rivadavia of Allmusic described the album as "surprisingly mellow", but that a number of songs sound "confused and unfinished". However, he did describe "Look What the Wind Blew In" as a "hint of things to come", and that the bonus track "Dublin" from the "New Day" EP contained "Lynott's first great lyric".[1]


The song "Honesty is No Excuse" was covered by Cass McCombs on his 2013 album Big Wheel and Others.


Thin Lizzy
Additional personnel


  1. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Thin Lizzy review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-06-13.