Thin Lizzy (album)

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Thin Lizzy
Thin Lizzy - Thin Lizzy.jpg
Studio album by Thin Lizzy
Released 30 April 1971
Recorded 4–9 January 1971
Studio Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London, UK[1]
Genre Folk rock, blues rock
Length 38:39
Label Decca
London (Canada and US)
Producer Scott English
Thin Lizzy chronology
Thin Lizzy
Shades of a Blue Orphanage
(1972)Shades of a Blue Orphanage1972
US London Records edition cover
US London Records edition cover
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]

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]


The song "Honesty Is No Excuse" was covered by Cass McCombs on his 2013 album Big Wheel and Others.[3]

Track listings[edit]

All tracks 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


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. ^ Big Wheel and Others (CD booklet). Cass McCombs. London, UK: Domino Recording Company. 2013. WIGCD305.