Thin Lizzy (album)

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Thin Lizzy
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Studio album by
Released30 April 1971
Recorded4–9 January 1971
StudioDecca Studios, West Hampstead, London, UK[1]
London (Canada and US)
ProducerScott English
Thin Lizzy chronology
Thin Lizzy
Shades of a Blue Orphanage
US London Records edition cover
Thin Lizzy 1971 US.jpg
Singles from Thin Lizzy
  1. "The Farmer" / "I Need You"
    Released: 31 July 1970 (Ireland only)

Thin Lizzy is the debut studio album by Irish rock band Thin Lizzy, released on 30 April 1971. The album was followed by the EP New Day, produced and recorded by Nick Tauber at Decca Studios on 14–17 June 1971 and released on 20 August 1971.[1] The songs from the EP were included in later editions of the album.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal8/10[3]

Eduardo Rivadavia of AllMusic described the album as "surprisingly mellow" and wrote 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".[2] Canadian journalist Martin Popoff appreciated the experimental flavour of the album "drawing mainly from bluesy non-metal influences" and found the compositions "astonishingly well written, very Irish, very heart-felt".[3]


The song "Honesty Is No Excuse" was covered by Cass McCombs on his 2013 album Big Wheel and Others.[4]

Track listings[edit]

All tracks are written by Phil Lynott, except where noted.

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
7."Return of the Farmer's Son" (Brian Downey, Lynott)4:14
8."Clifton Grange Hotel"2:26
9."Saga of the Ageing Orphan"3:40
New Day EP bonus tracks
12."Remembering, Pt. 2 (New Day)" (Bell, Downey, Lynott)5:04
13."Old Moon Madness"3:52
14."Things Ain't Workin' Out Down at the Farm"4:29
Total length:54:30

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:

11."The Farmer"3:40
13."Remembering Pt. 2 (New Day)"5:08
14."Old Moon Madness"3:56
15."Things Ain't Working Out Down at the Farm"4:32
16."Look What the Wind Blew In" (1977 overdubbed and remixed version)3:22
17."Honesty Is No Excuse" (1977 overdubbed and remixed version)2:46
18."Dublin" (1977 overdubbed and remixed version)2:32
19."Things Ain't Working Out Down at the Farm" (1977 overdubbed and remixed version)3:58
Total length:71:03


  • "The Farmer" / "I Need You" – 7" (1970)
  • New Day EP: "Dublin" / "Remembering Part 2" / "Old Moon Madness" / "Things Ain’t Working Out Down At The Farm" – 7" (1971)


Thin Lizzy
Additional musicians


  1. ^ a b Byrne, Alan (2006). Thin Lizzy: Soldiers of Fortune. London, UK: SAF Publishing. pp. 34–40. ISBN 978-0946719815.
  2. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Thin Lizzy - Thin Lizzy review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-06-13.
  3. ^ a b Popoff, Martin (October 2003). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 1: The Seventies. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 277. ISBN 978-1894959025.
  4. ^ Big Wheel and Others (CD booklet). Cass McCombs. London, UK: Domino Recording Company. 2013. WIGCD305.CS1 maint: others (link)