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The Irish Rover: The best of Phil Lynott, 1971-74

Prime cuts from Lynott's early years.

10 tracks from The Rocker's early years.

The Friendly Ranger At Clontarf Castle

The opening track on Lizzy’s eponymous debut album. While it’s not what we now consider ‘classic’ Thin Lizzy, it’s still full of everything that made them great: poetic lyrics, a Celtic gait to the rhythm, rich, blues-rock guitar and Lynott’s husky, storytelling vocals.

Honesty Is No Excuse

Also from the debut, this is the Moody Blues-meets-Van Morrison, Lynott in soulful, yearning mode, with Eric Bell’s guitar sounding gorgeous and spine-tingling. Metallica’s Cliff Burton loved this, and stole the line ‘Honesty is my only excuse’ for the his band’s track Damage Inc.


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