(2011) Chinatown

Thin Lizzy

... read moreWhile Thin Lizzy's previous release, Black Rose, was a focused, inspired hard rock masterwork, its follow-up, 1980's Chinatown, was a letdown. Guitarist Gary Moore was a major reason for the predecessor's success, but he quit during the subsequent tour (eventually replaced by ex-Pink Floyd touring...

01:53′:57″ 24 Songs

Disk 1

1
We Will Be Strong
Thin Lizzy
5:07
2
Chinatown
Thin Lizzy
4:42
3
Sweetheart
Thin Lizzy
3:28
4
Sugar Blues
Thin Lizzy
4:18
5
Killer On The Loose
Thin Lizzy
3:53
6
Having A Good Time
Thin Lizzy
4:35
7
Genocide
Thin Lizzy
5:05
8
Didn't I
Thin Lizzy
4:25
9
Hey You
Thin Lizzy
5:06

Disk 2

1
Don't Play Around (Single Version)
Thin Lizzy
3:09
2
We Will Be Strong (Single Version)
Thin Lizzy
4:08
3
Sugar Blues (Live At City Hall, Cork, 1980)
Thin Lizzy
5:39
4
Whisky In The Jar (Live At City Hall, Cork, 1980)
Thin Lizzy
5:47
5
Are You Ready (Live)
Thin Lizzy
3:08
6
Chinatown (Live At Rds Hall, Dublin, 1980)
Thin Lizzy
5:07
7
Got To Give It Up (Live At Rds Hall, Dublin, 1980)
Thin Lizzy
6:02
8
Dear Miss Lonely Hearts (Live At Rds Hall, Dublin, 1980)
Thin Lizzy
5:22
9
Killer On The Loose (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, 1981)
Thin Lizzy
5:37
10
Chinatown (Edited Version)
Thin Lizzy
3:37
11
Chinatown (Soundcheck, Cork, 1980)
Thin Lizzy
4:48
12
Don't Play Around (Soundcheck, Hammersmith, 1980)
Thin Lizzy
3:55
13
Sweetheart (Soundcheck, Hammersmith, 1980)
Thin Lizzy
4:20
14
Didn't I (Soundcheck, Cork, 1980)
Thin Lizzy
5:53
15
Hey You (Soundcheck, Cork, 1980)
Thin Lizzy
6:46
Released 01 January 2011, ℗ 2011 Mercury Records Limited

Review

While Thin Lizzy's previous release, Black Rose, was a focused, inspired hard rock masterwork, its follow-up, 1980's Chinatown, was a letdown. Guitarist Gary Moore was a major reason for the predecessor's success, but he quit during the subsequent tour (eventually replaced by ex-Pink Floyd touring guitarist Snowy White). Also, leader Phil Lynott and guitarist Scott Gorham were indulging heavily in hard drugs by this point, which was obviously taking its toll. And since producer Tony Visconti was not on board again, the lively production that played such a prominent part in the success of their past few releases was noticeably absent. The first side contains the best material: the anthemic "We Will Be Strong," the pop perfection of "Sweetheart," the obviously autobiographical drug tale of "Sugar Blues," plus the British hit singles "Killer on the Loose" and the title track. The second side, however, is comprised almost entirely of bland filler, such as "Having a Good Time," "Didn't I," and "Hey You." While it's not their worst album (that "honor" would go to their next studio album, 1981's Renegade), Chinatown should have been a lot better, especially coming off such a stellar release as Black Rose. ~ Greg Prato