Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Solo in Soho

Phil Lynott was an Irish singer, bassist, musician, songwriter and poet who first came to prominence as the frontman of Thin Lizzy. He released two solo albums and also formed and fronted the band Grand Slam, right up until his death on 4 January 1986. He was 36 years old. Solo in Soho is his first solo album, released while he was still in Thin Lizzy. Current and former Lizzy members guested on the album as well as Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler who plays on King's Call, a lament to Elvis Presley. Unfortunately Lynott's last years were dogged by drug and alcohol dependency leading to his collapse on the night of 25 December 1985 at his home. After his estranged wife Caroline drove him to a drug clinic in East Knoyle, he was taken to Salisbury Infirmary where he was diagnosed as suffering from a kidney and liver infection. He died of heart failure and pneumonia in the hospital's intensive care unit on 4 January 1986 at the way too young age of 36. Love this album, if you've never heard it I highly recommend it. I almost like it better than Jailbreak, almost.

Dear Miss Lonely Hearts
Tattoo (Giving It All Up for Love)
Buy It

Funny Toon

2 comments:

CavedogRob said...

Great album! Glad someone else likes it! I'm also glad I got to see Thin Lizzy live once!

simonthecat said...

would give an awful lot to be able to say that I saw them, but sadly that was not the case. I've always loved this album too, and I'm glad to see it getting some exposure!