Vagabonds of the Western World

Vagabonds of the Western World

by Thin LizzyThin Lizzy


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After achieving a reluctant Top Ten hit with a rock version of the traditional Irish pub ballad "Whiskey in the Jar," Thin Lizzy began work on Vagabonds of the Western World -- their third, and ultimately last album for Decca Records. The single's surprise success gave the band bargaining power to demand more money and time to record, resulting in their first sonically satisfying album. The environmentally-conscious R&B of "Mama Nature Said" kicks things off with Eric Bell leading the way on slide guitar. The overblown "The Hero and the Madman" and the tepid "Slow Blues" threaten to derail the proceedings, but all is well again when the band break into their first bona fide classic "The Rocker." Brimming with attitude and dangerous swagger, Lynott sets the tone as drummer Brian Downey explodes into life for the first time on vinyl. Lizzy's Irish heritage permeates the title track, and the beautiful "Little Girl in Bloom" is absolutely flawless, featuring Lynott, the poet, in top form. In many ways, Vagabonds actually rocks harder than Lizzy's next album, the soulful Night Life -- often considered the band's first "important" record. And with the inclusion of four non-LP singles, including the aforementioned "Whiskey in the Jar," this package becomes even more appealing.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/21/1991
Label: Polygram Uk
UPC: 0042282096920
catalogNumber: 820969
Rank: 7396

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Thin Lizzy   Primary Artist
Joan Armatrading   Piano
Phil Lynott   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Kofi Ayivor   Conductor
Eric Bell   Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar
Brian   Percussion
Brian Downey   Percussion,Drums
Eric Gaffney   Guitar,Vocals
Tony Harris   Viola
David Jenson   Vocals
Paul Mosby   Oboe,Cor anglais
Peter Oxer   Violin
Godfrey Salmon   Violin
Jan Schelhaas   Organ
Allen Sloan   Violin
Fiachra Trench   Strings
Ian McKinnon   Violin
Alan Merrick   Violin
Donald McVay   Viola
Quentin Williams   Cello

Technical Credits

Phil Lynott   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Eric Bell   Arranger,Composer
Brian Downey   Arranger,Composer
Fiachra Trench   String Arrangements
John Tracy   Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer

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