DVD: Thin Lizzy – Are You Ready?

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Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Released: November 10, 2009

Are You Ready? finds the great Thin Lizzy in 1981, on tour for the less-than-great Renegade album. It also features guitarist Snowy White who, by his own admission, never felt suited to Thin Lizzy’s hard rock sound and lifestyle. One would think this would add up to a disjointed and/or disenchanted performance, but nothing could be further from the truth. Whatever ills they suffered in the studio, they had exorcised them in the live show, sinking their teeth into old and new songs alike. Perhaps the band’s best trait is their ability to understand and convey the energy of their songs, whether high-energy rockers or lower-key ballads, and it’s completely evident here.

The concert was originally filmed for German television and the resulting video quality isn’t the best (think second generation VHS copy), but the audio is fantastic. It’s a perfect mix of fidelity and energy that meets the standards of the best live recordings. Sonically at least, that’s what Thin Lizzy deserves and what this DVD delivers.

Rating: 8/10

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bobvinyl, writer and co-editor of No Song is an Island, founded its predecessor, Rock and Roll and Meandering Nonsense (whose archives are found here), in 2005 and served as editor and principal contributor until it went on hiatus in 2010. He has also been published in AMP and Loud Fast Rules! (in print) as well as Glide and FensePost on the web. He has been an avid record collector since he was seven years old and enjoys sharing his love of music from the common to the esoteric.

1 thought on “DVD: Thin Lizzy – Are You Ready?

  1. Mighty High

    Saw a used copoy of this for cheap and bought it not expecting it to be as good as it is. Snowy White sounds great even though he lacks in stage presence. I love Phil's studded leather outfit!


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