Jailbreak is the sixth studio album by Thin Lizzy and the band’s best and most popular work. The band may have had all the ideas for their trademark sound in the previous album but in my opinion it’s here where they solidify it. It paid off because it became their commercial breakthrough in the U.S.
The overall sound on this album is heavy rock. One of the distinctive factors of the band is the pioneering double edge guitars of Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson. Their idea for twin lead guitar solos was very influential with heavy metals bands like Iron Maiden. Also, don’t forget the light touch crooning of Lynott. Nice to hear it in a hard rock band for a change. His poetic lyrics add the icing on the cake. Great songwriting skills!
The songs on this album are killers and I like the strong rockers best. Still, I like to listen the album all the way through. The hits are The Boys Are Back In Town, Jailbreak and The Cowboy Song. But Warriors, Emerald and Angels From The Coast are equally just as great.
The only song I don’t care much for is Running Back because of its arrangement using keyboards and occasional saxophone. I don’t think it fits the sound of the album. Also, Robertson doesn’t get to play on it because the producer dropped his parts in favor of the extra musicians’ parts.
As far as I know, the only digitally remastered version of this album is from 1996 available only in the U.K.
Overall this is an exceptional album and if you want to buy only one from Thin Lizzy this has to be it.
5 out of 5 stars.