(2007) Shades Of A Blue Orphanage

Thin Lizzy

... read moreA fascinating, all-over-the-map album by a band that hadn't yet found its own voice (although in retrospect, hints of the band's ultimate direction can be heard here). Things get off to a roaring start with "The Rise and Dear Demise of the Funky Nomadic Tribes," which segues from Yes-derived...

01:16′:53″ 18 Songs

1
The Rise And Dear Demise Of The Funky Nomadic Tribes
Thin Lizzy
7:09
2
Buffalo Gal
Thin Lizzy
5:29
3
I Don't Want To Forget How To Jive
Thin Lizzy
1:56
4
Sarah
Thin Lizzy
2:51
5
Brought Down
Thin Lizzy
4:19
6
Baby Face
Thin Lizzy
3:27
7
Chatting Today
Thin Lizzy
4:18
8
Call The Police
Thin Lizzy
3:37
9
Shades Of A Blue Orphanage
Thin Lizzy
7:02
10
Whiskey In The Jar
Thin Lizzy
5:43
11
Black Boys On The Corner
Thin Lizzy
3:21
12
Buffalo Gal (1977 Overdubbed & Remixed Version)
Thin Lizzy
5:10
13
Sarah (1977 Overdubbed & Remixed Version)
Thin Lizzy
2:47
14
Brought Down (1977 Overdubbed & Remixed Version)
Thin Lizzy
3:06
15
Suicide (Bbc Radio 1 John Peel Session)
Thin Lizzy
4:00
16
Black Boys On The Corner (Bbc Radio 1 John Peel Session)
Thin Lizzy
3:06
17
Saga Of The Ageing Orphan (Bbc Radio 1 John Peel Session)
Thin Lizzy
3:38
18
Whiskey In The Jar (Bbc Radio 1 John Peel Session)
Thin Lizzy
5:54
Released 01 January 2007, ℗ 2007 Decca Music Group Limited

Review

A fascinating, all-over-the-map album by a band that hadn't yet found its own voice (although in retrospect, hints of the band's ultimate direction can be heard here). Things get off to a roaring start with "The Rise and Dear Demise of the Funky Nomadic Tribes," which segues from Yes-derived staccato unison riffing into a funk-guitar workout influenced by Jimi Hendrix and James Brown. From there it's on to "Buffalo Gal," a melancholy folk-ish plaint that anticipates the working class Irish poetry Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott would develop to great effect later in the '70s; other stylistic detours include stabs at faux rockabilly ("I Don't Want to Forget How to Jive"), Mellotron-drenched confessional ballads (the title tune), and even a sort of visionary art-punk ("Call the Police). Pretty cool, but the best was yet to come.