My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Live and Dangerous is a double live album by the Irish band Thin Lizzy. Recordings were taken from shows in 1976, 1977, and 1978. It was released in June of 1978. There are conflicting accounts of how much is actually live with those involved being on record as saying anywhere from 25% to 75% of the record was overdubbed.
What I think: Thin Lizzy is an interesting band, because I often seem individuals with similar music interests touting their greatness. I never got that, they’ve always seemed like generic hard rock to me. This record reinforces that idea. It’s really just a double album of over sexed and sexist rock songs (“Is there anyone out there with any Irish in them? Are there any ladies who would like some more in them?”) that were standard fare for the time.
That being said, I did find a few redeeming qualities on the album. I really like the guitar tone in songs like “Emerald” it reminds me of Metallica’s sound and it’s cool to hear in a non-thrash setting. “Dancing in the Moonlight” is really great all over and finally, the drumming on “Sha-La-La” that sounds like a motorcycle is really cool (and way before Van Halen did it).
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I’ll pass, nothing to see here. Who knows how much of it is even live?
Rating (Out of 5): 1.5/5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (326/425)
Amount that are new to me: 76%