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From page 58 of Classic Rock Magazine January 2000
This month's Classic Choice album is Metallica's new live symphonic double, 'S & M It comes highly recommended...
Don't Believe A Word
Congratulations on your great Lizzy article in Issue Eight. Just one or two bones to pick mainly because the article seems to tarnish the Moore/White eras and rather over-rate the Sykes line-up. One of the great things about Thin Lizzy was the many different flavours brought by each new guitarist in each line-up. I like them all and I actually remember the album 'Renegade' for the great tracks like 'Angel Of DeatrHollywood' and the title track itself. I don't rememberguff like the'Trouble Boys' single" mainly because it didn't actually appear on the 'Renegade' album at all in fact. I don't think it appeared on any album (although I'm happy to admit that it was a bit on the guff side!).
The relative failure of'Chinatown' and 'Renegade' had as much to do with the current musical trends of the time as anything else you had to have a widdly-diddly permed guitar hero back then. Snowy certainly wasn't one and that's why Lizzy needed someone like Sykes to reestablish themselves with a more Metal Image. However, 18 years on, you can ignore these trends and listen to the tracks themselves and there are some great ones on both albums. They're certainly in the same league as the sometimes patchily produced pre-'Bad Reputation' album which, let's remember, needed the mega 'Live And Dangerous' album to re-instate interest and sell the back-catalogue. Now, although I almost expected the White era to be rubbished, I certainly didn't think'Black Rose' would be passed over with such a distinct lack of superlatives. It was a superb album! And if you don't think so, you need your ears syringeing! Dr. Dan Donnelly, Leeds
And as a member of the medical profession, Dr. Dan, as we like to call him here at Classic Rock, should know.