Phil Lynott

The Man and His Music, Vol. 2: The Sun Goes Down

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Unlike the first volume of Man and His Music series, the follow-up edition focuses entirely on Lizzy's twin guitar lineups (in other words, Scott Gorham plus whoever else was passing though at the time). Kicking things off is the rare b-side of the "Rosalie" single, "Halfcaste" (one of the group's few reggae experiments), before five tracks from a 1975 BBC Session follow -- including a great version of "It's Only Money" -- as well as the rarely performed "Rock N' Roll With You" (also of note, "Baby Drives Me Crazy" is included, but erroneously listed as "Sha La La"). You'll also find such uncommon goodies as a ripping live version of "Me and the Boys" (which was never recorded in the studio) from 1978, the punk-inflected "Just the Two of Us" (a great outtake from the Black Rose sessions), the un-P.C. rocker "Don't Play Around," and the slow burning blues of "Memory Pain." While many of these tracks would later turn up with better audio on the 2001 box set, Vagabonds Kings Warriors Angels, for quite a few years, this was the only release where you could find them all in one place.