Hear the Thin Lizzy Supercut That Stitches Together More Than an Hour of Killer Solos
What's your favorite Thin Lizzy guitar solo? If your answer is "all of them," have we got a video for you.
The Irish rock legends released a dozen albums between 1971-83, playing with a shifting roster that welcomed a number of incredibly talented guitarists, all of whom were given plenty of room to shine in the studio and on the stage. Their combined might has now been mashed up and edited down to form the aptly titled "Every Thin Lizzy Guitar Solo 1971-1983," which — as you can hear above — lives up to its title by serving up an hour and 12 minutes of pure six-string glory.
Dangerous Minds reveals that the mix was put together by Warren Defever, who's led the experimental rock collective His Name Is Alive for more than 25 years. As Defever told DM, he was moved to compile this supercut while seeking inspiration for his band's 2014 album, Tecuciztecatl — and not content to simply let Thin Lizzy's guitarists wail in random or chronological order, he actually took the time to arrange the solos in terms of maximum musical impact.
"It quickly became clear that going in chronological order or reverse chronological order would leave the most familiar solos buried in the middle of the 70-minute piece," he explained. "It also became clear that just presenting every solo in the order they occurred on the records would not flow well, but presenting the solos within each record together would be easy because of the consistent sound quality, style and era. I broke them down roughly into four eras: peak period, psychedelic early years, twin guitar developments and heavy-metal end phase."
Your mileage obviously may vary, but the result makes us want to spend the rest of the week listening to nothing but Thin Lizzy records while buying the complete His Name Is Alive catalog as a small way of paying tribute to a towering work of digital recording technology genius. It's like, how much more Thin Lizzy could this be? And the answer is none. None more Thin Lizzy.
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