Released in June 1978, Live and Dangerous is a live double album by the Irish rock band Thin Lizzy (The band deciding to release a live album after their producer Tony Visconti did not have enough time to work on a full studio session). The album reached No. 2 in the UK album charts, ultimately selling over half a million copies. It has continued to attract critical acclaim and it has appeared in several lists of the greatest live albums of all time.
What can I say about this classic album that hasn’t already been said? A million words have been written in ink and on monitor, by infinitely better writers than me (hell, even a caveman banging two rocks together ciykd put it better than me), about how fantastic and essential this album is; how it captures Phil and the gang in all their pomp and glory blasting through classic rock tracks like Emerald, The Boys Are Back In Town, Jailbreak and the magnificent Still In Love With You. You know the songs, you’ve heard the album hell, some of you have even grown up with this record, I know I did, I’ve been listening to this on and off for over 40 years! This and Bad Reputation were my first exposure to Thin Lizzy, thanks to a friend from school who would tape his older brother’s albums for me. Guitarist Brian Robertson left shortly after the release of this album and, other than Black Rose, Thin Lizzy would never sound so good again (they’d make a good stab at it with 83’s Thunder and Lightning but it was a bit too little, too late for me).
The album is proof, if proof be needed, that Phil Lynott is the ultimate frontman: the stage banter, leading the crowd sing-a-long on Baby Drives Me Crazy, his driving basslines that – in tandem with the criminally underrated drumming of Brian Downey – help underpin the Lizzy sound. This album is so good that I don’t even mind the drum solo on Sha-La-La or the fact that Are You Ready sounds a little out of place at the end of side 3 rather than a concert opener. So it’s no surprise that this album gets top marks from me, is heartily recommended and you can bet your bum I’ll be listening to this for at least another 40 years.
Next time around, we feature a German invasion of Japan, but until then, TTFN!