“”Jailbreak”” (Phil Lynott) – 4:31
“”Emerald”” (Brian Downey, Scott Gorham, Lynott, Brian Robertson) – 4:18
“”Southbound”” (Lynott) – 3:44
“”Rosalie/Cowgirl Song”” (Downey, Lynott, Bob Seger) – 4:00
“”Dancing in the Moonlight (It Caught Me in Its Spotlight)”” (Lynott) – 3:50
“”Massacre”” (Downey, Gorham, Lynott) – 2:46
“”Still in Love With You”” (Lynott) – 7:40
“”Johnny the Fox Meets Jimmy the Weed”” (Downey, Gorham, Lynott) – 3:32
“”Cowboy Song”” (Downey, Lynott) – 4:40
“”The Boys Are Back in Town”” (Lynott) – 4:30
“”Don’t Believe a Word”” (Lynott) – 2:05
“”Warrior”” (Gorham, Lynott) – 3:52
“”Are You Ready”” (Downey, Gorham, Lynott, Robertson) – 2:40
“”Suicide”” (Lynott) – 5:00
“”Sha La La”” (Downey, Lynott) – 4:18
“”Baby Drives Me Crazy”” (Downey, Gorham, Lynott, Robertson) – 6:36
“”The Rocker”” (Eric Bell, Downey, Lynott) – 3:58
Live and Dangerous is a live double LP by Irish band Thin Lizzy, released in 1978. It was recorded in London and Toronto in 1977, during the tours accompanying the albums Johnny the Fox and Bad Reputation.
Live and Dangerous was originally intended to be a studio album. Together with Tony Visconti they had a huge success with their previous album Bad Reputation, and the group wanted to work with him again. But since Visconti had a very tight schedule Phil Lynott came up with the idea that they spend two weeks together compiling a live album instead.
After they had decided which tracks they were going to use, Lynott asked if they could re-record some vocals due to technical issues. After spending some time overdubbing various bits, noticing the impact on the result, they ended up re-recording all the vocals, guitars and bass. So the only real live elements of Live and Dangerous are the drums and the audience. Visconti justified this by stating that every track was performed before a live audience. The exception being Southbound which was taken from a sound check onstage in Philadelphia. Tony Visconti has stated that the album is “”75% recorded in the studio.””
Other sources state that although the finished album contains overdubbing, it is claimed that it is “”75% live””.
Overdubs and mixing were done at Good Earth Studios in London, England.
It was also the last album to feature Brian Robertson who went on to form Wild Horses with ex-Rainbow bassist Jimmy Bain. On this album, the band segues immediately from Cowboy Song into The Boys Are Back in Town, on the line a cowboy s life is the life for me. This technique was revisited with the same pair of live tracks in subsequent performances, and showcased more professionally on further live albums – examples being Thin Lizzy’s later concert in Sydney with Gary Moore, and also on Thin Lizzy’s Greatest Hits.
Brian Downey – drums, percussion
Scott Gorham – lead guitar, backing vocals
Phil Lynott – bass guitar, lead vocals
Brian Robertson – lead guitar, backing vocals
John Earle – saxophone on “”Dancing in the Moonlight””
Huey Lewis – harmonica on “”Baby Drives Me Crazy””
At the time of the recording, John Earle was in Graham Parker & the Rumour, and Huey Lewis was in Clover. Both of these groups were support acts for the tours that made up this album. ”
On the Fighting album, Lynott took a great song by Bob Seger and made it his own. But the definitive version of Rosalie was nailed on Live And Dangerous. It had more balls, and the way it was intercut with part of Lizzy’s Cowboy Songwas just so effortlessly cool.
Still In Love With You
On Lizzy’s greatest ballad, Lynott went against type: here, the heartbreaker was heartbroken. The song was originally recorded for 1974’s Nightlife, featuring a co-vocal from Frankie Miller and a beautiful solo from Gary Moore. But the version on Live And Dangerous, with Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson playing so soulfully, has an even deeper emotional pull.
“as someone who was at one of the shows I can assure you that the album is an accurate representation of the classic Lynott-Robbo-Gorham-Downey line-up at the peak of their powers. It does what all truly great live albums do: delivers even better performances of stone-cold studio classics. Best of all, it conveys the sense – palpable at the shows – of what those guys were really like to be in the same room with. There must have been 50 people hanging out on either side of the stage, everyone from George Best to various Page 3 girls, TV celebs, groupies and drug dealers, all spilling on to the stage at various moments. You can’t see it on the record, but you can hear the fun, feel the crackle!.” Mick Wall