A couple of months ago, I featured Bob Seger while I was winding my way through the “S” shelves in my collection, and his original version of “Rosalie” got a mention, and a discussion of the Thin Lizzy cover, which got far more play on the national radio scene, ensued.
Thin Lizzy were one of the early bands I discovered on my own (many others were influenced by what my four older siblings were playing). It stands to reason that as I am going through the "T's" that I would revisit their output.
“Jailbreak,” “The Boys Are Back In Town” and “Dancing In The Moonlight” (not the King Harvest song, the one with the “It’s Caught Me In Its Spotlight” chorus) are their claims to fame, but the Thin Lizzy catalog has a lot of gems that have gone forgotten by the vast unwashed wasteland that is classic rock radio.
The Thin Lizzy version of Rosalie was released on their fifth studio album, Fighting, which was their first to chart in the UK (#60). Here ya go, STMcC!
The follow-up was their breakthrough album, Jailbreak, and should be familiar to most classic rock fans in the US due to the aforementioned two singles, the title track and their biggest hit, "The Boys Are Back In Town."
Another song that got a lot of airtime back in the day was "The Cowboy Song."
Johnny The Fox followed Jailbreak, with the standout track (in my opinion) being “Don’t Believe A Word,” although writer Phil Lynott and guitarist Scott Gorham fought over the arrangement (Gorham won).
Lynott and Gary Moore later did a version as originally intended on Moore’s Back On The Streets album.