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Jailbreak (Deluxe Edition)

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Thin Lizzy found their trademark twin-guitar sound on 1975's Fighting, but it was on its 1976 successor, Jailbreak, where the band truly took flight. Unlike the leap between Night Life and Fighting, there is not a great distance between Jailbreak and its predecessor. If anything, the album was more of a culmination of everything that came before, as Phil Lynott hit a peak as a songwriter just as guitarists Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson pioneered an intertwined, dual-lead guitar interplay that was one of the most distinctive sounds of '70s rock, and one of the most influential. Lynott no longer let Gorham and Robertson contribute individual songs -- they co-wrote, but had no individual credits -- which helps tighten up the album, giving it a cohesive personality, namely Lynott's rough rebel with a heart of a poet. Lynott loves turning the commonplace into legend -- or bringing myth into the modern world, as he does on "Cowboy Song" or, to a lesser extent, "Romeo and the Lonely Girl" -- and this myth-making is married to an exceptional eye for details; when the boys are back in town, they don't just come back to a local bar, they're down at Dino's, picking up girls and driving the old men crazy. This gives his lovingly florid songs, crammed with specifics and overflowing with life, a universality that's hammered home by the vicious, primal, and precise attack of the band. Thin Lizzy is tough as rhino skin and as brutal as bandits, but it's leavened by Lynott's light touch as a singer, which is almost seductive in its croon. This gives Jailbreak a dimension of richness that sustains, but there's such kinetic energy to the band that it still sounds immediate no matter how many times it's played. Either one would make it a classic, but both qualities in one record makes it a truly exceptional album.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Jailbreak (Album Version)
00:04:00

Brian Robertson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Lynott, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Will Reid Dick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Downey, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Thin Lizzy, MainArtist - Scott Gorham, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John Alcock, Producer - Neil Hornby, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1976 Mercury Records Limited

2
Angel From The Coast
00:03:02

Brian Robertson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Phil Lynott, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Will Reid Dick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Downey, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Thin Lizzy, MainArtist - Scott Gorham, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John Alcock, Producer - Neil Hornby, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1976 Mercury Records Limited

3
Running Back
00:03:12

Brian Robertson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Lynott, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Will Reid Dick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Downey, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Thin Lizzy, MainArtist - Scott Gorham, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John Alcock, Producer - Neil Hornby, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1976 Mercury Records Limited

4
Romeo And The Lonely Girl
00:03:54

Brian Robertson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Lynott, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Will Reid Dick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Downey, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Thin Lizzy, MainArtist - Scott Gorham, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John Alcock, Producer - Neil Hornby, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1976 Mercury Records Limited

5
Warriors (Album Version)
00:04:08

Brian Robertson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Lynott, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Will Reid Dick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Downey, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Thin Lizzy, MainArtist - Scott Gorham, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Alcock, Producer - Neil Hornby, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1976 Mercury Records Limited

6
The Boys Are Back In Town (Album Version)
00:04:26

Brian Robertson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Lynott, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Will Reid Dick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Downey, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Thin Lizzy, MainArtist - Scott Gorham, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John Alcock, Producer - Neil Hornby, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1976 Mercury Records Limited

7
Fight Or Fall
00:03:44

Brian Robertson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Lynott, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Will Reid Dick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Downey, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Thin Lizzy, MainArtist - Scott Gorham, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John Alcock, Producer - Neil Hornby, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1976 Mercury Records Limited

8
Cowboy Song (Album Version)
00:05:14

Brian Robertson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Lynott, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Will Reid Dick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Downey, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Thin Lizzy, MainArtist - Scott Gorham, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John Alcock, Producer - Neil Hornby, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1976 Mercury Records Limited

9
Emerald (Album Version)
00:04:02

Brian Robertson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Phil Lynott, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Will Reid Dick, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Downey, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Thin Lizzy, MainArtist - Scott Gorham, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Alcock, Producer - Neil Hornby, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1976 Mercury Records Limited

DISC 2

1
The Boys Are Back In Town (Remix)
00:04:32

Phil Lynott, ComposerLyricist - Thin Lizzy, MainArtist - John Alcock, Producer

℗ 2011 Mercury Records Limited

2
Jailbreak (Remix)
00:04:11

Phil Lynott, ComposerLyricist - Thin Lizzy, MainArtist - John Alcock, Producer

℗ 2011 Mercury Records Limited

3
The Boys Are Back In Town (Alt Vocal Re-mix Version)
00:04:31

Phil Lynott, ComposerLyricist - Thin Lizzy, MainArtist - John Alcock, Producer

℗ 2011 Mercury Records Limited

4
Emerald (Remix)
00:04:04

Brian Robertson, ComposerLyricist - Phil Lynott, ComposerLyricist - Brian Downey, ComposerLyricist - Thin Lizzy, MainArtist - Scott Gorham, ComposerLyricist - John Alcock, Producer

℗ 2010 Mercury Records Limited

5
Jailbreak (BBC Session 12/02/76)
00:04:02

Tony Wilson, Producer - Bill Aitken, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Robertson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Lynott, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brian Downey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Thin Lizzy, MainArtist - Scott Gorham, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1976 BBC

6
Emerald (BBC Session 12/02/76)
00:03:56

Tony Wilson, Producer - Bill Aitken, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Robertson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Phil Lynott, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brian Downey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Thin Lizzy, MainArtist - Scott Gorham, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1976 BBC

7
Cowboy Song (BBC Session 12/02/76)
00:05:12

Tony Wilson, Producer - Bill Aitken, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Robertson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Lynott, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brian Downey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Thin Lizzy, MainArtist - Scott Gorham, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1976 BBC

8
The Warrior (BBC Session 12/02/76)
00:03:54

Tony Wilson, Producer - Bill Aitken, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Robertson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Lynott, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brian Downey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Thin Lizzy, MainArtist - Scott Gorham, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1976 BBC

9
Fight Or Fall (Extended Version - Rough Mix)
00:05:19

Phil Lynott, ComposerLyricist - Thin Lizzy, MainArtist - John Alcock, Producer

℗ 1976 Mercury Records Limited

10
Blues Boy (Previously unreleased studio track)
00:04:35

Brian Robertson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Lynott, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brian Downey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Thin Lizzy, MainArtist - Scott Gorham, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2010 Mercury Records Limited

11
Derby Blues (Early Version of The Cowboy Song)
00:06:49

Brian Robertson, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Lynott, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brian Downey, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Thin Lizzy, MainArtist - Scott Gorham, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1976 Mercury Records Limited

Album Description

Thin Lizzy found their trademark twin-guitar sound on 1975's Fighting, but it was on its 1976 successor, Jailbreak, where the band truly took flight. Unlike the leap between Night Life and Fighting, there is not a great distance between Jailbreak and its predecessor. If anything, the album was more of a culmination of everything that came before, as Phil Lynott hit a peak as a songwriter just as guitarists Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson pioneered an intertwined, dual-lead guitar interplay that was one of the most distinctive sounds of '70s rock, and one of the most influential. Lynott no longer let Gorham and Robertson contribute individual songs -- they co-wrote, but had no individual credits -- which helps tighten up the album, giving it a cohesive personality, namely Lynott's rough rebel with a heart of a poet. Lynott loves turning the commonplace into legend -- or bringing myth into the modern world, as he does on "Cowboy Song" or, to a lesser extent, "Romeo and the Lonely Girl" -- and this myth-making is married to an exceptional eye for details; when the boys are back in town, they don't just come back to a local bar, they're down at Dino's, picking up girls and driving the old men crazy. This gives his lovingly florid songs, crammed with specifics and overflowing with life, a universality that's hammered home by the vicious, primal, and precise attack of the band. Thin Lizzy is tough as rhino skin and as brutal as bandits, but it's leavened by Lynott's light touch as a singer, which is almost seductive in its croon. This gives Jailbreak a dimension of richness that sustains, but there's such kinetic energy to the band that it still sounds immediate no matter how many times it's played. Either one would make it a classic, but both qualities in one record makes it a truly exceptional album.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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