Thunder and Lightning (album)

Last updated

Thunder and Lightning
Thin Lizzy - Thunder and Lightning.jpg
Studio album by
Released4 March 1983
RecordedLate 1982
Studio Lombard Studios, Dublin, Ireland
Power Plant and Boathouse Studios, London, UK
Genre Hard rock [1]
Length40:36
Label Vertigo
Mercury (Canada)
Warner Bros. (US)
Producer Thin Lizzy and Chris Tsangarides
Thin Lizzy chronology
Renegade
(1981)
Thunder and Lightning
(1983)
Life
(1983)

Thunder and Lightning is the twelfth and final studio album by Irish hard rock band Thin Lizzy, released on 4 March 1983. Guitarist John Sykes was hired to replace Snowy White after 1981's Renegade , and Sykes helped to provide a heavier sound and guitar tone than Thin Lizzy had used on previous albums. However, the bulk of the songwriting (except for "Cold Sweat") was completed before he joined the band. Keyboard player Darren Wharton also offered a stronger musical influence to Thin Lizzy's final studio album, co-writing many of the tracks including "Some Day She Is Going to Hit Back", and the final single "The Sun Goes Down". A farewell tour followed the album's release, followed by the live album Life . The group's co-founder, frontman and bass player Phil Lynott died in 1986.

Contents

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [2]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 10/10 [3]
Metal Hammer (GER)5/7 [4]

AllMusic's Greg Prato proclaimed Thunder and Lightning "a definite improvement" compared to much of their other output in the 1980s, but remarked that the record was not the "best release" by the band. [2]

Track listings

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Thunder and Lightning" Brian Downey, Phil Lynott 4:56
2."This Is the One"Lynott, Darren Wharton 4:04
3."The Sun Goes Down"Lynott, Wharton6:20
4."The Holy War"Lynott5:12
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
5."Cold Sweat"Lynott, John Sykes 3:06
6."Someday She Is Going to Hit Back"Downey, Lynott, Wharton4:05
7."Baby Please Don’t Go"Lynott5:10
8."Bad Habits" Scott Gorham, Lynott4:04
9."Heart Attack"Gorham, Lynott, Wharton3:39

The limited edition double LP and cassette version of the album adds four tracks, recorded live in Britain while Snowy White was still a member of the band.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
5."Emerald"Gorham, Brian Robertson, Downey, Lynott 
6."Killer on the Loose"Lynott 
12."The Boys Are Back in Town"Lynott 
13."Hollywood (Down on Your Luck)"Gorham, Lynott 

2013 Deluxe Edition

In 2013, a deluxe edition of the album was released. It consisted of two discs: disc one included the original release, and disc two contained live recordings from a 1981 Hammersmith Odeon show and a number of demos.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Angel of Death"Lynott, Wharton7:30
2."Don't Believe a Word"Lynott8:16
3."Emerald"Gorham, Robertson, Downey, Lynott4:17
4."Killer on the Loose"Lynott5:39
5."The Boys Are Back in Town"Lynott5:10
6."Hollywood (Down on Your Luck)"Gorham, Lynott4:37
7."The Sun Goes Down"Lynott, Wharton6:07
8."Bad Habits"Gorham, Lynott4:32
9."This Is the One"Lynott, Wharton4:21
10."Thunder and Lightning"Downey, Lynott4:58
11."Cold Sweat"Lynott, Sykes3:10
12."Baby Please Don't Go"Lynott5:38
13."Heart Attack"Gorham, Lynott, Wharton3:41
14."The Holy War"Lynott5:17
15."Someday She Is Going to Hit Back"Downey, Lynott, Wharton4:00

Singles

A double single pack and 12" were also released, the other tracks being "Angel of Death" (live) / "Don't Believe a Word" (live).
A 12" was also released, featuring the same two tracks and a poster.
The B-side in the Netherlands was "Bad Habits".

Personnel

Thin Lizzy

Production

Charts

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI) [17] Silver60,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Thin Lizzy</span> Irish rock band

Thin Lizzy are an Irish hard rock band formed in Dublin in 1969. Their music reflects a wide range of influences, including blues, soul music, psychedelic rock and traditional Irish folk music, but is generally classified as hard rock or sometimes heavy metal.

<i>Jailbreak</i> (album) 1976 studio album by Thin Lizzy

Jailbreak is the sixth studio album by Irish hard rock band Thin Lizzy. It was released on 26 March 1976, by Vertigo Records. The album proved to be the band's commercial breakthrough in the US, and the only Thin Lizzy album with a certification in that country. The singles taken from the album include "Jailbreak" and "The Boys Are Back in Town"; the latter is Thin Lizzy's biggest US hit, and won the 1976 NME Award for Best Single.

<i>Johnny the Fox</i> 1976 studio album by Thin Lizzy

Johnny the Fox is the seventh studio album by Irish hard rock band Thin Lizzy, released in 1976. This album was written and recorded while bassist/vocalist Phil Lynott was recovering from a bout of hepatitis that put him off the road halfway through the previous Jailbreak tour. "Don't Believe a Word" was a British hit single. Johnny the Fox was the last Thin Lizzy studio album on which guitarist Brian Robertson featured as a full member of the band, as the personality clashes between him and Lynott resulted in Robertson being sacked, reinstated, and later sacked again.

<i>Bad Reputation</i> (Thin Lizzy album) 1977 studio album by Thin Lizzy

Bad Reputation is the eighth studio album by the Irish rock band Thin Lizzy, released in 1977. As the front cover suggests, most of the tracks feature only three-quarters of the band, with guitarist Brian Robertson only credited on three tracks. He had missed most of their previous tour, following a hand injury sustained in a brawl, and this album turned out to be his last studio effort with Thin Lizzy. On 27 June 2011, a new remastered and expanded version of Bad Reputation was released.

<i>Live and Dangerous</i> Live album by Thin Lizzy

Live and Dangerous is a live double album by the Irish rock band Thin Lizzy, released in June 1978. It was recorded in London in 1976, and Philadelphia and Toronto in 1977, with further production in Paris. It was also the last Thin Lizzy album to feature guitarist Brian Robertson, who left the band shortly after its release.

<i>Black Rose: A Rock Legend</i> 1979 studio album by Thin Lizzy

Black Rose: A Rock Legend is the ninth studio album by Irish rock band Thin Lizzy. Released in 1979, it has been described as one of the band's "greatest, most successful albums". It was the first time that blues rock guitarist Gary Moore remained in Thin Lizzy long enough to record an album—after previous brief stints in 1974 and 1977 with the band. The album peaked at No. 2 on the UK charts-- making it the band's highest-charting album in the UK. It was their fourth consecutive album to be certified Gold by the BPI.

<i>Chinatown</i> (Thin Lizzy album) 1980 studio album by Thin Lizzy

Chinatown is the tenth studio album by Irish band Thin Lizzy, released in 1980. It introduced guitarist Snowy White who would also perform on the next album as well as tour with Thin Lizzy between 1980 and 1982; he replaced Gary Moore as permanent guitarist. White had previously worked with Cliff Richard, Peter Green and Pink Floyd. Chinatown also featured eighteen-year-old Darren Wharton on keyboards, and he joined Thin Lizzy as a permanent member later that year.

<i>Life</i> (Thin Lizzy album) 1983 live album by Thin Lizzy

Life is a double live album by Irish rock band Thin Lizzy, released in 1983. This double album was recorded during their farewell tour in 1983, principally at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, UK. Phil Lynott had felt reluctantly that it was time to disband the group after the 1983 tour and to mark the occasion, former Thin Lizzy guitarists Eric Bell (1969–73), Brian Robertson (1974–78) and Gary Moore joined the band on stage at the end of these gigs to do some numbers. This was called "The All-Star Jam".

<i>Greatest Hits</i> (Thin Lizzy album) 2004 greatest hits album by Thin Lizzy

Greatest Hits is a double-CD compilation of Thin Lizzy songs released in 2004.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">John Sykes</span> British guitarist

John James Sykes is an English guitarist, best known as a member of Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy and Tygers of Pan Tang. He has also fronted the hard rock group Blue Murder and released several solo albums.

<i>Dedication: The Very Best of Thin Lizzy</i>

Dedication: The Very Best of Thin Lizzy is a compilation album released by rock group Thin Lizzy in 1991. The only previously unreleased track was "Dedication", which was reconstructed after band leader Phil Lynott's death, using an old 8 track demo recording of a Grand Slam song originally recorded around 1985 and written by guitarist Laurence Archer. This track was the subject of a High Court case, as following Lynott's death Thin Lizzy released this track as a lost Thin Lizzy track, removing Archer's guitar and the writing credit from the track. Archer is now credited for writing this track.

<i>Wild One: The Very Best of Thin Lizzy</i> 1996 greatest hits album by Thin Lizzy

Wild One: The Very Best of Thin Lizzy is a 1996 compilation album by Irish rock band Thin Lizzy. It was released ten years after the death of frontman Phil Lynott in 1986 as a tribute to him.

<i>BBC Radio One Live in Concert</i> (Thin Lizzy album) 1992 live album by Thin Lizzy

BBC Radio One Live in Concert is a live recording from 1983 by Irish rock band Thin Lizzy, released in 1992. This show at the Reading Festival in 1983 came at the end of their farewell tour, and was originally intended to be the band's last concert.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Darren Wharton</span> Musical artist

Darren Leigh Wharton is a British keyboardist, singer and songwriter. He has fronted his own band, Dare, since 1985, but first came to attention as a member of Thin Lizzy. His son, Paris, is also a musician.

<i>Vagabonds Kings Warriors Angels</i> 2001 box set by Thin Lizzy

Vagabonds Kings Warriors Angels is a 2001 4-disc set by Irish rock group Thin Lizzy, which also contains a book chronicling the life of the band and music in some detail, with rare photos and a discography. The set was packaged in a longbox format with the booklet fixed inside like a book.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Grand Slam (band)</span>

Grand Slam are an Irish rock band originally formed in 1984 by Phil Lynott, after the breakup of his earlier ensemble Thin Lizzy. Grand Slam was active for a year, and Lynott died in 1986, but the band was revived in 2016 by original member Mark Stanway.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">The Sun Goes Down (Thin Lizzy song)</span> 1983 single by Thin Lizzy

"The Sun Goes Down" was a single released by Irish hard rock band Thin Lizzy, the last single to be released before they split in 1983. It is featured on the group's album from that year, Thunder and Lightning.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Cold Sweat (Thin Lizzy song)</span> 1983 single by Thin Lizzy

"Cold Sweat" is a song by Irish rock band Thin Lizzy, and is the fifth track on their final studio album Thunder and Lightning. It was co-written by guitarist John Sykes and Phil Lynott, and became the biggest single from the album, entering the UK charts at No. 28, and peaking at No. 23 in Ireland.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Still in Love with You (Thin Lizzy song)</span>

"Still in Love with You" is a song originally recorded by Thin Lizzy. The studio version was first released on their 1974 album Nightlife, and went on to be a live favourite, showcasing the guitarists, including Brian Robertson, Scott Gorham, Gary Moore and John Sykes. Live versions were released on the albums Live and Dangerous, Life, BBC Radio One Live in Concert, The Peel Sessions and One Night Only.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Angel of Death (Thin Lizzy song)</span> 1982 single by Thin Lizzy

"Angel of Death" is a song by rock band Thin Lizzy featured on their Renegade album, released as a single in the United States. The tune peaked at No. 38 on the Mainstream Rock chart. The song was a collaboration between band leader Phil Lynott and Darren Wharton, who had joined the band as a keyboard player in 1980. Angel of Death was premiered live in August 1981 when its lyrics were rather different from the later released versions. The opening number of Thin Lizzy's live set during the Renegade world tour of 1981/2 when it heralded the band on stage with the sound of air-raid sirens, Angel of Death was also an integral part of the Thunder and Lightning live set in 1983.

References

  1. "Thin Lizzy – Looking Back at 1983's Thunder and Lightning, the End of an Era!". ZRockR Magazine. 22 September 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2022.
  2. 1 2 Prato, Greg. "Thin Lizzy – Thunder and Lightning review". AllMusic . Rovi Corporation . Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  3. Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 355. ISBN   978-1-894959-31-5.
  4. Leim, Christof (May 2006). "Thin Lizzy – Thunder and Lightning". Metal Hammer (in German). Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  5. "Top RPM Albums: Issue 6255a". RPM . Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 12 March 2022.
  6. "Dutchcharts.nl – Thin Lizzy – Thunder and Lightning" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 March 2022.
  7. Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin – levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava. ISBN   978-951-1-21053-5.
  8. "Norwegiancharts.com – Thin Lizzy – Thunder and Lightning". Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 March 2022.
  9. "Swedishcharts.com – Thin Lizzy – Thunder and Lightning". Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 March 2022.
  10. "Thin Lizzy | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 12 March 2022.
  11. "Thin Lizzy Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 12 March 2022.
  12. "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Cold Sweat". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  13. "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  14. "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Cold Sweat". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  15. "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  16. "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  17. "British album certifications – Thin Lizzy – Thunder and Lightning". British Phonographic Industry.