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The band decided to release a live album after their producer Tony Visconti did not have enough time to work on a full studio session. There is some overlap of tracks between the two albums, though Still Dangerous is completely live with no overdubs. In the accompanying booklet, the lengthy essay touches on the murky world of overdubbing on live albums.

There was something in the symmetry of Gorham and Robertson’s Les Pauls; something in the album cover-shot of a clench-fisted Lynott on his knees, that made Lizzy obvious poster boys. My sister told me many years ago about Phil leaving a suitcase full of demos and songs fir safe keeping.

Rock doesn’t need saving in 2024, but it’s nice to be reminded just how thrilling and relatable three chords and the truth can still be. It deserves to be there and I know many of you reading this will already have several copies of this album! All sources agree that overdubbing took place on Live and Dangerous, although there is considerable disagreement about the extent of them. Live and Dangerous was released in 1978 and is arguably one of the best live albums of all time It was recorded in London and Toronto in 1977, during the tours accompanying the albums Johnny the Fox and Bad Reputation.

It’s hard to believe that the bands’ classic line up was only together for four years, and in that time delivered a quartet of studio albums as well as this live set too. Brian Downey is THE most underrated drummer in rock - he shines all the way through this, Phil is brilliant, hardly missing a word or a note, Robbo is Robbo, but the understated flair shines through, and Gorham shows why he was essential to the band. Perhaps it’s also time to junk disparaging theories about how much or how little parts of Live And Dangerous might have been shored-up in the studio (see Back Story). It has continued to attract critical acclaim and it has appeared in several lists of the greatest live albums of all time.The sleeve notes were written by Malcolm Dome and included a debate of exactly how much of the album was live and how much was overdubbed. intially as a cub reviewer and later as Geoff Barton’s deputy and then pouring precious metal into test tubes as editor of its Special Projects division. To celebrate the 45th anniversary of Thin Lizzy’s 1978 live album Live And Dangerous, Universal Music Catalogue will release a definitive 8CD super deluxe edition featuring a newly remastered version of the album and alongside it all the gigs recorded for Live and Dangerous! The footage was released on DVD in 2007, with other group performances including a show from their farewell tour on 26 January 1983, and four Top of the Pops clips from the 1970s.

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