16 Songs, 1 Hour 8 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

At first glance, a title like The Definitive Collection may read like a hard claim. But compared to other Thin Lizzy compilations, it makes sense. Rather than cherry-pick all the industry chart-toppers, this set of 16 songs offers a healthy balance of hits, fan favorites, and a few live tunes, all sequenced to flow like a proper album. It opens with the full-length version of “Whiskey in a Jar”—the one where Phil Lynott’s voice actually sounds like he drank an entire jar of whiskey before rolling tape. But his buttery inflections return in the following anthem for those who have chosen a life of denim, leather, and earplugs: “The Rocker.” Whoever chose to tail these two high-energy jams with the candlelit “Still in Love with You” knew what they were doing. Compared to the cranked amps and fast tempos of the first two songs, this one plays like a smooth chaser. Not as smooth, of course, as “Dancing in the Moonlight"—possibly the only Thin Lizzy song that wouldn’t sound complete without a sassy saxophone solo.

EDITORS’ NOTES

At first glance, a title like The Definitive Collection may read like a hard claim. But compared to other Thin Lizzy compilations, it makes sense. Rather than cherry-pick all the industry chart-toppers, this set of 16 songs offers a healthy balance of hits, fan favorites, and a few live tunes, all sequenced to flow like a proper album. It opens with the full-length version of “Whiskey in a Jar”—the one where Phil Lynott’s voice actually sounds like he drank an entire jar of whiskey before rolling tape. But his buttery inflections return in the following anthem for those who have chosen a life of denim, leather, and earplugs: “The Rocker.” Whoever chose to tail these two high-energy jams with the candlelit “Still in Love with You” knew what they were doing. Compared to the cranked amps and fast tempos of the first two songs, this one plays like a smooth chaser. Not as smooth, of course, as “Dancing in the Moonlight"—possibly the only Thin Lizzy song that wouldn’t sound complete without a sassy saxophone solo.

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