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    Well, maybe not THE best, but they rocked the hardest in the mid-70's. The album Jailbreak is just killer.

    There weren't too many bands playing that hard and that tight at the time.

    To reflect--in 1976 you had the Stones with Black and Blue, the Eagles with Hotel California, ELO with A New World Record, the Doobies with Taking It to the Street...(OK to be fair you had Kiss Destroyer, The Ramones, and AC/DC High Voltage...)

    And then you had Jailbreak...

    That album just hits like a hammer. And the lyrics are very intelligent. Lynott took Dylan and Zevon's sensibility and wedded them to a heavy sound.



    Anyway, another underrated band. Very influential on among others U2, who opened for them in the late 70's, and for Dire Straits. RIP Phil.
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    lynott was a real rock star...had the moves

    classic tune- whiskey in the jar



    cheers

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    Tonight there's gonna be a jailbreak
    Somewhere in this town

    I would hazard a guess that it will happen at the jail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Litterick
    Tonight there's gonna be a jailbreak
    Somewhere in this town

    I would hazard a guess that it will happen at the jail.
    That cracked me up. Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Litterick
    Tonight there's gonna be a jailbreak
    Somewhere in this town

    I would hazard a guess that it will happen at the jail.


    Lynott's lyrics walked the fine line between clever and stupid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Litterick
    Tonight there's gonna be a jailbreak
    Somewhere in this town

    I would hazard a guess that it will happen at the jail.

    Of course Phil was Irish and had that metaphysical, metaphorical, Joycean bent - when he says jailbreak, does he really mean jailbreak or even jail? As his fellow wordsmith Lyle Lovett observed, 'Life can be so uncertain'

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    Quote Originally Posted by FwLineberry
    Lynott's lyrics walked the fine line between clever and stupid.

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    Yes, isn't that true with all great RNR?

    "Wendy let me in,
    I want to be your friend,
    I want to guard your dreams and visions.
    So wrap your hands round these velvet rims,
    And strap your hands cross my engines..."

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    Just to add a few more of hard rockers from 1976.

    Judas Priest - Sad Wings of Destiny
    Rainbow - Rising
    Rush - 2112
    Led Zepplin - The Song Remains the Same AND Presence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatRhythmMan
    Just to add a few more of hard rockers from 1976.

    Judas Priest - Sad Wings of Destiny
    Rainbow - Rising
    Rush - 2112
    Led Zepplin - The Song Remains the Same AND Presence.
    My college roommate played Rainbow 24/7 (plus Pink Floyd’s The Wall) and to be honest I just couldn’t stand it. Like Deep Purple, hate Rainbow.

    Rush is OK in their place. Don’t have an opinion about Judas Priest.

    Of course Led Zepp is iconic for a reason. Presence is not a great LZ album and one I rarely listen to. TSRTS was recorded in 1973, released in 1976. A lot of the songs are decent—Stairway to Heaven NOT though—and How the West Was Won is THE definitive LZ concert album (cleaned up a lot in post-production admittedly).

    So, to take your point, no they did not rock as hard as Thin Lizzy in 1976.

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    Covered Jailbreak and Don't Believe a Word in my teens ( I may have been 20!).No, wait, Thin Lizzy is the best-fb_img_1589118801814-jpg
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    Loves me some Lizzy. My partner and I are on hiatus now for the virus, but were working up a cover of "The Cowboy Song", which is pretty close to the theme song for my life. Hopefully we can get out and do it soon.



    Always cracked me up to hear an Irishman sing about it.

    Lynott was a badass -- what a perfect frontman. And there's no arguing with two cranked Les Pauls.

    Back when I was a teen, an older friend was really into acid, like four or five times a week. I was too afraid to drop it with him, so would go over, take a few bong-hits, and "babysit" him from a bad trip. Rick always wanted to put on the Wall, from Floyd, and sure enough that was all the downer he needed. Jailbreak was one of the albums I'd put on to snap him out of it (others included the Sweet, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Cheap Trick).

    And yeah, for heavy albums released in 76, 2112 is the only one which tops it for my taste.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garybaldy
    Covered Jailbreak and Don't Believe a Word in my teens ( I may have been 20!).
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    Your L6-S is identical to mine. With this photograph, I could invent a past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Litterick
    Your L6-S is identical to mine. With this photograph, I could invent a past.
    I unfortunately sold mine in the 80s. Sound wise it wasn't quite what I wanted but I wish I'd kept it. In those days I only had one guitar at a time!

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    I have the one guitar, and a seemingly endless search for another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Litterick
    I have the one guitar, and a seemingly endless search for another.
    And me now. Currently looking at an Epi JP!

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    Quote Originally Posted by garybaldy
    Covered Jailbreak and Don't Believe a Word in my teens ( I may have been 20!).No, wait, Thin Lizzy is the best-fb_img_1589118801814-jpg
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    Is that one of the fabled LS-6 (?) guitars. I'm going from memory of old guitar ads. Very desirable now!

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    LOL L6-S - I was going from memory!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Irishmuso
    Is that one of the fabled LS-6 (?) guitars. I'm going from memory of old guitar ads. Very desirable now!
    Cant remember if that one was called custom or deluxe. Got rid of it in the 80s - damn!

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    Quote Originally Posted by garybaldy
    And me now. Currently looking at an Epi JP!
    Picked it up 2 days ago!
    No, wait, Thin Lizzy is the best-20200814_105800-jpg