Thin Lizzy – Fighting (1975)
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- For Those Who Love to Live
- Wild One
- Fighting My Way Back
- King's Vengeance
- Spirit Slips Away
- Silver Dollar
- Freedom Song
- Ballad of a Hard Man
Fighting is the fifth studio album by Irish rock band Thin Lizzy, released in 1975. Following the release of four studio albums, the band finally forged an identifiable sound featuring the twin guitars of Scott Gorham and Brian 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 No. 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”, and lacked the middle section that appears on Fighting. The non-album track “Half-Caste” was released on the B-Side of the original “Rosalie” single. Another track recorded at the Fighting sessions was “Try a Little Harder”, which was eventually released on the Vagabonds, Kings, Warriors, Angels 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.
Europe guitarist John Norum covered “Wild One” on his 1987 debut solo album Total Control. Europe covered “Suicide” on their 2008 live album Almost Unplugged.
Thin Lizzy are a hard rock band formed in Dublin, Ireland in 1969. Two of the founding members, drummer Brian Downey and bass guitarist and lead vocalist Phil Lynott, met while still in school. Lynott led the group throughout their recording career more...