THIN LIZZY: One night only CD LIVE. Check audio (whole album)


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Thin Lizzy Featuring Scott Gorham & John Sykes One Night Only
Label: CMC CD
Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Released: 2000
Genre: Hard Rock
1 Jailbreak
2 Waiting For An Alibi
3 Don’t Believe A Word
4 Cold Sweat
5 The Sun Goes Down
6 Are You Ready
7 Bad Reputation
8 Suicide
9 Still In Love With You
10 Cowboy Song
11 The Boys Are Back In Town
12 Rosalie
13 Black Rose


One Night Only is a live album by rock band Thin Lizzy, released in 2000. Thin Lizzy had reformed in 1996 for a series of gigs marking ten years since the death of singer/songwriter/bassist Phil Lynott. Latter-day Lizzy guitarist John Sykes now took the lead vocal while Marco Mendoza was recruited on bass. The venture was popular enough to be repeated. The band, led by Sykes and Scott Gorham has subsequently continued performing with various rhythm sections. This album features ex-Ozzy, Whitesnake, and Black Oak Arkansas drummer Tommy Aldridge.
Although its obviously not Phil Lynott doing the vocals, John Sykes still does a fine job. Being live recordings, there is plenty of opportunity to talk and John dedicates “every second of every show” to Phil, which makes me firmly believe that they are doing this “for the love of music and in memory of Phil, not just for a quick buck.” Everyone that was apprehensive at first, was then extremely glad for taking the risk and buying this. It is definitely well worth the money.

Track listing
“Jailbreak” (Phil Lynott) 4:41
“Waiting for an Alibi” (Lynott, Gary Moore) 3:42
“Don’t Believe a Word” (Lynott) 2:38
“Cold Sweat” (Lynott, John Sykes) 3:30
“The Sun Goes Down” (Lynott, Darren Wharton) 7:40
“Are You Ready” (Brian Downey, Scott Gorham, Lynott, Brian Robertson) 3:06
“Bad Reputation” (Downey, Gorham, Lynott) 3:46
“Suicide” (Lynott) 5:54
“Still in Love with You” (Lynott) 8:44
“Cowboy Song” (Downey, Lynott) 5:43
“The Boys Are Back in Town” (Lynott) 5:11
“Rosalie” (Bob Seger) 8:36
“Black Rose” (Lynott, Moore) 7:41

John Sykes – lead vocals, guitar [Tygers of Pan Tang, Thin Lizzy, Phil Lynott, Whitesnake, Blue Murder]

Scott Gorham – guitar, vocals [Thin Lizzy, The Greedies, 21 Guns, Phenomena]

Marco Mendoza – bass guitar, vocals [Blue Murder, John Sykes, Thin Lizzy, Ted Nugent, Whitesnake]

Darren Wharton – keyboards, vocals [Thin Lizzy, Dare]

Tommy Aldridge – drums [Black Oak Arkansas, Pat Travers, Gary Moore, Ozzy Osbourne, Motörhead, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Ted Nugent, Vinnie Moore, Hear ‘n Aid]

5.0 out of 5 stars The quintessential live rock album…never mind the critics.,
Live albums, usually a lazy attempt to fulfil contractual obligations or fill the time between studio releases, have generally been a sloppy affair for most rock bands. Only a select few can claim the right to be “must-haves” in peoples collections. In my eyes, the perfect live album achieves three things: it pumps new life and energy into an existing catalogue, it updates and refreshes the sound quality and sterility of the original studio recordings, and in the best possible cases, revitalises interest in the members’ bodies of work. Surprisingly, (considering the awkward circumstance of lacking their late founder,) Thin Lizzy’s “One Night Only” does all these things beautifully. Yes, many say this not a true Thin Lizzy record without Philo. But how can you fault the earnestness and fire with which original Lizzy members John Sykes, Scott Gorham, and Darren Wharton deliver with the capable and furious backing of Marco Mendoza and Tommy Aldridge? Just last month, I caught the real thing at a small hall in the Midwest, and this album is an accurate, poignant document of what the 21st-century Lizzy is capable of. Old favorites “Jailbreak”, “Rosalie”, “Cowboy Song”, and “Boys are Back in Town” jump out of the speakers with amazing new bite, and the often overlooked gems such as “Alibi”, “Don’t Believe a Word”, and “Sun Goes Down” prove that Lizzy never had much album filler, just deftly crafted perfection. John Sykes not only does a competent Lynott impersonation, but offers a convincingly loving take on Philo’s quirky vocal phrasing and “hey there, girls” throatiness. His guitar work is a delight (no disrespect to Robbo, Eric, or Gary, but Sykes was really the one who took the gunslinger gauntlet and ran with it!). If you’ve never heard Thin Lizzy before (other than the ubiquitous “Boys”) and love well-written hard rock, this is an excellent introduction. If you are a die-hard Lizzy fanatic with serious bias against any cheap attempts at reformation, this recording should make you a believer that their music, no matter when or how its executed, is still the best stuff around…..

5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Impressed,
I am always in search of good live albums (I prefer live to studio any day). I was never a Thin Lizzy fanatic, but I always thought they had some cool tunes, so I thought I’d give this one a chance when I read that Tommy Aldridge was the drummer and that Sykes’ voice sounded just like Lynott’s. This album totally ROCKS!! My only other TL album is the Live and Dangerous double-album. While that is a great album and is the “real thing”, I always thought it would have been better if it was a little heavier (the drums are kinda wimpy in my opinion). Basically this album gave me what I wanted: TL classics delivered in a much heavier, grooving, head-banging style. And yes, John Sykes does an EXCELLENT job on vocals (much better Lynott impression than, say, Ripper Owens doing Rob Halford, which I rate about 6 on 10 scale). I would have to give Sykes at least a 9, it is totally impressive how much he is able to sound like Lynott. I will agree with another reviewer that Sykes’ guitar playing, while awesome, sometimes does get a little over-accelerated. That is one area that is better on “Live and Dangerous”. Scott Gorham’s guitar on that album jumps right out at you, while on this new collection he does get a raw deal compared to Sykes. I disagree that Gorham is boring, though. He has a lot of soul in his playing, but his sound is really thin and buried on this album. (I also noticed that while he used to play a Les Paul he now plays a Strat, which quite frankly doesn’t help. Sykes’ Les Paul sounds 3 times as loud and clear as Gorhams muffled Fender). That, however, would be my ONLY complaint, and not enough to give it less than 5 stars.

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