Phil Lynott

The Man and His Music, Vol. 3: Solo and Sessions

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As stated earlier, although the 1994 Man and His Music series is credited solely to Philip, the majority of the music featured is of Thin Lizzy. But the exception is volume three of the set, which focuses primarily on solo material by Lynott. Kicking things off is one of the last songs ever released by Lynott during his lifetime, a 12" version' of "Nineteen," which sounds closer to Flashdance than Jailbreak. Elsewhere, you'll find an interesting duet of the old country standard, "Tennessee Stud," between Lynott and the Pogues, Terry Woods, as well as the touching "A Tribute to Sandy" (for Fairport Convention's Sandy Denny), a latter-day live version of "Whiskey in the Jar," as well as one of Lizzy's finest b-sides, the bluesy "A Night in the Life of a Blues Singer." Other highlights include a version of "Daddy Rolling Stone" from Johnny Thunders' So Alone (which Lynott guested on), as well as a track by the short-lived Lizzy/Sex Pistols supergroup, the Greedies (the forgettable "A Merry Jingle"). But the most intriguing selections are several tracks that Lynott recorded with Huey Lewis' backing band, the News, in November of 1985 ("Can't Get Away," "Still Alive," and "One Wish"), just two months before his passing.