Thunder and Lightning (album)

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Thunder and Lightning
Thin Lizzy - Thunder and Lightning.jpg
Studio album by
Released4 March 1983
RecordedLate 1982
StudioLombard Studios, Dublin, Ireland
Power Plant and Boathouse Studios, London, UK
GenreHard rock, heavy metal, blues rock
Mercury (Canada)
Warner Bros. (US)
ProducerThin Lizzy and Chris Tsangarides
Thin Lizzy chronology
Thunder and Lightning
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal10/10[2]
Metal Hammer (GER)5/7[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 listings[edit]

Side one
1."Thunder and Lightning"Brian Downey, Phil Lynott4:56
2."This Is the One"Lynott, Darren Wharton4:04
3."The Sun Goes Down"Lynott, Wharton6:20
4."The Holy War"Lynott5:12
Side two
5."Cold Sweat"Lynott, John Sykes3:06
6."Someday She Is Going to Hit Back"Downey, Lynott, Wharton4:05
7."Baby Please Don’t Go"Lynott5:10
8."Bad Habits"Scott Gorham, Lynott4:04
9."Heart Attack"Gorham, Lynott, Wharton3:39

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.

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.

1."Angel of Death"Lynott, Wharton7:30
2."Don't Believe a Word"Lynott8:16
3."Emerald"Gorham, Robertson, Downey, Lynott4:17
4."Killer on the Loose"Lynott5:39
5."The Boys Are Back in Town"Lynott5:10
6."Hollywood (Down on Your Luck)"Gorham, Lynott4:37
7."The Sun Goes Down"Lynott, Wharton6:07
8."Bad Habits"Gorham, Lynott4:32
9."This Is the One"Lynott, Wharton4:21
10."Thunder and Lightning"Downey, Lynott4:58
11."Cold Sweat"Lynott, Sykes3:10
12."Baby Please Don't Go"Lynott5:38
13."Heart Attack"Gorham, Lynott, Wharton3:41
14."The Holy War"Lynott5:17
15."Someday She Is Going to Hit Back"Downey, Lynott, Wharton4:00
  • 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



Country Organization Year Sales
UK BPI 1983 Silver (+ 60,000)[12]


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