Thunder and Lightning (album)

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Thunder and Lightning
Thin Lizzy - Thunder and Lightning.jpg
Studio album by Thin Lizzy
Released 4 March 1983
Recorded Late 1982
Studio Lombard Studios, Dublin, Ireland
Power Plant and Boathouse Studios, London, UK
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal, blues rock
Length 40:36
Label Vertigo (UK)
Mercury (Canada)
Warner Bros. (US)
Producer Thin Lizzy and Chris Tsangarides
Thin Lizzy chronology
Thunder and Lightning
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Martin Popoff 10/10 stars[2]
Metal Hammer (GER) 5/7 stars[3]

Thunder and Lightning is the twelfth and final studio album by Irish hard rock band Thin Lizzy, released in 1983. Guitarist John Sykes was hired to replace Snowy White after 1981's Renegade, and Sykes helped to provide a heavier sound and guitar tone than Thin Lizzy had used on previous albums. However, the bulk of the songwriting (except for "Cold Sweat") was completed before he joined the band. Keyboard player Darren Wharton also offered a stronger musical influence to Thin Lizzy's final studio album, co-writing many of the tracks including "Some Day She Is Going to Hit Back", and the final single "The Sun Goes Down". A farewell tour followed the album's release, followed by the live album Life. The group's co-founder, frontman and bass player Phil Lynott died in 1986 from drug-related causes.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Thunder and Lightning" Brian Downey, Phil Lynott 4:56
2. "This Is the One" Lynott, Darren Wharton 4:04
3. "The Sun Goes Down" Lynott, Wharton 6:20
4. "The Holy War" Lynott 5:12
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Cold Sweat" Lynott, John Sykes 3:06
6. "Someday She Is Going to Hit Back" Downey, Lynott, Wharton 4:05
7. "Baby Please Don’t Go" Lynott 5:10
8. "Bad Habits" Scott Gorham, Lynott 4:04
9. "Heart Attack" Gorham, Lynott, Wharton 3:39
  • The limited edition double LP and cassette version of the album adds four tracks, recorded live in Britain while Snowy White was still a member of the band.
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Emerald" Gorham, Brian Robertson, Downey, Lynott  
6. "Killer on the Loose" Lynott  
12. "The Boys Are Back in Town" Lynott  
13. "Hollywood (Down on Your Luck)" Gorham, Lynott  

2013 Deluxe Edition[edit]

In 2013, a deluxe edition of the album was released. It consisted of two discs: disc one included the original release, and disc two contained live recordings from a 1981 Hammersmith Odeon show and a number of demos.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Angel of Death" Lynott, Wharton 7:30
2. "Don't Believe a Word" Lynott 8:16
3. "Emerald" Gorham, Robertson, Downey, Lynott 4:17
4. "Killer on the Loose" Lynott 5:39
5. "The Boys Are Back in Town" Lynott 5:10
6. "Hollywood (Down on Your Luck)" Gorham, Lynott 4:37
7. "The Sun Goes Down" Lynott, Wharton 6:07
8. "Bad Habits" Gorham, Lynott 4:32
9. "This Is the One" Lynott, Wharton 4:21
10. "Thunder and Lightning" Downey, Lynott 4:58
11. "Cold Sweat" Lynott, Sykes 3:10
12. "Baby Please Don't Go" Lynott 5:38
13. "Heart Attack" Gorham, Lynott, Wharton 3:41
14. "The Holy War" Lynott 5:17
15. "Someday She Is Going to Hit Back" Downey, Lynott, Wharton 4:00
  • Tracks 1–6 recorded live in 1981 at the Hammersmith Odeon, London.
  • Tracks 7–15 are original album demo versions.


  • "Cold Sweat" / "Bad Habits" – 4 February 1983
A double single pack and 12" were also released, the other tracks being "Angel of Death" (live) / "Don't Believe a Word" (live).
  • "Thunder and Lightning" / "Still in Love with You" (live) – April 1983
A 12" was also released, featuring the same two tracks and a poster.
  • "The Sun Goes Down" / "Baby Please Don't Go" – July 1983
The B-side in the Netherlands was "Bad Habits".
A 12" was also released featuring a remix of "The Sun Goes Down".


Thin Lizzy[edit]


  • Chris Tsangarides – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Andrew Warwick – engineer
  • Chris Ludwinski – tape op, assistant engineer
  • Ian Cooper – mastering at Townhouse Studios, London


  1. ^ Prato, Greg. "Thin Lizzy – Thunder and Lightning review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-01-18. 
  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. ^ "Thin Lizzy – Thunder and Lightning". Metal Hammer (in German). May 2006. Retrieved 2015-01-18.