Thin Lizzy – Shades Of A Blue Orphanage (1972)

LPFrontCover1Shades of a Blue Orphanage is the second studio album by Irish band Thin Lizzy, released in 1972. The title is a combination of the members’ previous bands: Shades of Blue and Orphanage.

“Sarah” was written for Phil Lynott’s grandmother who raised him when his mother, Philomena, was unable to do so. This song should not be confused with the 1979 song of the same name, for Lynott’s daughter, included on Black Rose: A Rock Legend.

A new remastered and expanded version of Shades of a Blue Orphanage was released on 11 October 2010. (by wikipedia)

Named after the musicians’ previous bands (Bell’s Shades of Blue and Lynott and Downey’s Orphanage), the disappointing Shades of a Blue Orphanage proved that Decca Records had absolutely no idea of what to do with Thin Lizzy. The complex arrangements of the title track and “The Rise and Dear Demise of the Funky Nomadic Tribes” are as overblown and disjointed as their titles. “I Don’t Want to Forget How to Jive” is a lame, ’50s-style rockabilly number, and “Call the Police” is only saved by Lynott’s captivating tell-tale lyrics — something at which he would later excel.

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Alternate front + back cover from Spain

Lynott is equally eloquent and personal on the piano-led “Sarah,” written about his grandmother and not to be confused with the song by the same name written for his daughter seven years later. The album’s few, truly bright moments are confined to the aggressive hard rock of “Baby Face” and the charming, descending riff of “Buffalo Gal,” a melancholy, mid-paced ballad in the style which would become a Lynott trademark. (by Eduardo Rivadavia)


Eric Bell (guitar)
Brian Downey (drums, percussion)
Philip Lynott (vocals, bass, guitar)
Gary Moore (guitar on 12. -14.)
Clodagh Simonds (harpsichord, keyboards, mellotron)


01. The Rise And Dear Demise Of The Funky Nomadic Tribes (Lynott/Bell/Downey) 7.12
02. Buffalo Gal (Lynott) 5.33
03. I Don’t Want To Forget How To Jive (Lynott) 1.56
04. Sarah (Lynott) 2.53
05. Brought Down (Lynott) 4.23
06. Baby Face (Lynott) 3.30
07. Chatting Today (Lynott) 4.21
08. Call The Police (Lynott) 3.40
09. Shades Of A Blue Orphanage (Lynott) 7.14
10. Whiskey In The Jar (full-length version) (Traditional) 5.48
11. Black Boys On The Corner (B-Side of the single “Whiskey in the Jar”) (Lynott) 3.26
12. Buffalo Gal (1977 overdubbed and remixed version) (Lynott) 5.12
13. Sarah (1977 overdubbed and remixed version) (Lynott) 2.49
14. Brought Down (1977 overdubbed and remixed version) (Lynott) 3.09
15. Suicide (BBC Radio 1 John Peel Session) (Lynott) 4.05
16. Black Boys On The Corner (BBC Radio 1 John Peel Session) (Lynott) 3.10
17. Saga Of The Ageing Orphan (BBC Radio 1 John Peel Session) (Lynott) 3.42
18. Whiskey In The Jar (BBC Radio 1 John Peel Session) (Traditional) 5.54





Rare German red vinyl edition

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