Deluxe re-issues of the classic Thin Lizzy albums Nightlife and Fighting, together with a previously unseen live DVD, were released on Monday March 19.

Both albums come with bonus discs of b-sides, demos and previously unreleased material.

Nightlife, originally released in 1974, was Lizzy’s fourth studio album and marked the start of their classic era featuring Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson, alongside founders Philip Lynott and Brian Downey. This re-issue comes with a BBC session from that October, three demos recorded with the late Gary Moore, the previously unreleased Showdown and an unreleased alternate take of Still In Love With You.

It was followed a year later by Fighting. This edition again features a mixture of previously unreleased tracks alternate takes, as well as a three-song BBC session from May 1975.

The DVD - Live at the National Stadium Dublin - is a package of never-before-released archive material from Ireland’s national broadcaster RTE. It features the concert of the same name, which features the classic four-piece line-up and is the only live footage of much of the classics from the Fighting era, with the original audio newly restored and remastered. The package also features two documentaries: Renegade - The Philip Lynott Story, an in-depth, fly-on-the-wall discussion with Phil himself, offering an amazing personal insight into Phil’s creative work, as well as the only known live footage of his solo band, and The Sun Goes Down, shot in Ireland during the band’s Thunder and Lightning tour in 1983 and featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes footage as well as two live tracks, Are You Ready from the show in Belfast and The Sun Goes Down from Dublin. Two other special bonus features are 6/5 Live, a special RTE TV performance featuring two live tracks, Are You Ready and Whiskey in the Jar, and the promo video for the Lynott solo track, Old Town.

The current incarnation of Thin Lizzy – featuring Gorham and Downey, alongside Northern Ireland born frontman Ricky Warwick – kick off an eight date British tour in Coventry on May 15. They also headline the Belsonic festival in Belfast on August 18, with The Darkness also on the bill.

Authors: Monk

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