Thin Lizzy

Extended Versions

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During the early 21st century, the BMG Special Products label began issuing budget-priced, in-concert collections of classic rock acts, each going by the title of Extended Versions. But the series is slightly misleading, as most of the time they use latter-day recordings of the respective artists, most of which include little or no original members, such as the Thin Lizzy edition of Extended Versions. The ten-track set is basically a truncated version of the 13-track 2000 Lizzy release One Night Only, which featured a lineup of John Sykes on vocals/guitar, Scott Gorham on guitar, Darren Wharton on keyboards, Marco Mendoza on bass, and Tommy Aldridge on drums (the latter two of which were never members of Lizzy when their late leader, Phil Lynott, reigned supreme). The group pounds out faithful, workman-like renditions of such Lizzy classics as "The Boys Are Back in Town," "Jailbreak," "Cowboy Song," and "Still in Love With You," but you can't help but feel like you're listening to a Lizzy tribute band, rather than the real McCoy. If you caught the latter-day version of Lizzy in concert and want a faithful live document, Extended Versions is fine. But be forewarned -- if you don't already own the ultimate live album by the real Thin Lizzy lineup, 1978's Live and Dangerous, you'll be banished to Siberia.

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