Phil Lynott

The Man and His Music, Vol. 5: 1978

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Some Thin Lizzy fans assume that 1978 was a year in which the band took a sabbatical from the recording studio, as the only release that year was a live album, the classic Live and Dangerous. But this proved hardly to be the case. In fact, the group indulged in several recording sessions at the start of the year in a few studios. The plan was to record a multitude of originals that Phil Lynott had penned, which would later be put in a big 'pool,' with certain tracks being doled out to three separate projects -- a new Thin Lizzy studio album (Black Rose), Gary Moore's next solo release (Back on the Streets), and Phil Lynott's debut solo album (Solo in Soho). While many of these tracks did turn up on the three aforementioned albums, several slipped through the cracks -- most of which are on display on 'Volume Five' of the 'Man and His Music' bootleg series. While quite a few of these numbers will be familiar to Lizzy fans ("Waiting for an Alibi," "Ode to a Black Man," "Are You Ready," "Parisienne Walkways," etc.), this collection is the only place you'll find such previously unheard tracks as "Blackmail" (a fine original that could've easily found its way on a Lizzy album), "Cold Black Night" (which contains music identical to the 1977 Lizzy hit, "Dancing in the Moonlight"), and an original penned by Rainbow's Jimmy Bain, "Rocklila." And while this edition is titled '1978,' the disc is rounded out by several late-'60s era demos, recorded in a Dublin studio. Arguably the best entry in the Man and His Music series.