Thin Lizzy - Fighting


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Thin Lizzy - Fighting
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Studio album by Thin Lizzy
Released 12 September 1975
Recorded London; May 1975
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 37:56
Label Vertigo (UK, NA)
Mercury (US - 1976 rerelease)
Producer Phil Lynott
Thin Lizzy chronology
Nightlife
(1974)
Fighting
(1975)
Jailbreak
(1976)
 
Alternative cover
Cover of the North American releases

 

  "Fighting" is the fifth studio album by Irish rock band Thin Lizzy, released in 1975. After spending four albums trying to find their niche, the band finally forged an identifiable sound featuring the twin guitars of Scott Gorham and Brain Robertson. This sound draws from hard rock, folk, pop and rhythm and blues. It set the stage for the big commercial breakthrough of the follow-up album, "Jailbreak". The album was also their first album to chart in the UK, hitting #60.

The track "Suicide" was originally performed by Thin Lizzy when guitarist Eric Bell was still in the band, including on a BBC broadcast recorded in July 1973. It was first performed with different lyrics under the title "Baby's Been Messing". Another track recorded at the Fighting sessions was "Try a Little Harder", which was eventually released on the "Vagabonds, Kings, Warriors, Angles" boxed set in 2002.

"Fighting" is the only other Thin Lizzy album aside from their 1971 debut where band members other than Phil Lynott receive sole songwriting credits for certain tracks. Bell wrote "Ray Gun" on the debut, and Robertson and Gorham wrote "Silver Dollar" and "Ballad of a Hard Man", respectively.

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic described "Fighting" as a "tense, coiled, vicious rock & roll album", with which Thin Lizzy began their classic era. Highlighting Gorham and Robertson's twin-guitar interplay, he described this line-up of the band as "vital and visceral", and added that Lynott had made a leap forward as a songwriter, "fully flourishing as a rock & roll poet".

Track listing

  1. "Rosalie" (Bob Seger) – 3:11
  2. "For Those Who Love to Live" (Brain Downey, Phil Lynott) – 3:08
  3. "Suicide" (Lynott) – 5:12
  4. "Wild One" (Lynott) – 4:18
  5. "Fighting My Way Back" (Lynott) – 3:12
  6. "King's Vengeance" (Scott Gorham, Lynott) – 4:08
  7. "Spirit Slips Away" (Lynott) – 4:35
  8. "Silver Dollar" (Brian Robertson) – 3:26
  9. "Freedom Song" (Gorham, Lynott) – 3:32
  10. "Ballad of a Hard Man" (Gorham) – 3:14

Singles

  • "Rosalie"/"Half Caste" – 27 June 1975
  • "Wild One"/"For Those Who Love to Live" – 17 October 1975
In the US and Canada, "Wild One" was released with "Freedom Song" as the B-side, and in Greece with "Rosalie" as the B-side.
 
 
 
Thin Lizzy - Fighting
UK Vertigo 6360 121 stereo (1975)
Album produced by Phil Lynott.
The vinyl record has remained in excellent condition.
Audio quality is clear and strong throughout.
Both record centre labels are clean and unmarked.
The albums laminated cover is in very good condition, displaying average signs of wear.
 
 
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