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Phil Lynott: The Philip Lynott Album

Album Notes

Personnel includes: Phil Lynott (vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass); Midge Ure (guitar,keyboards); Mark Knopfler (guitar); Huey Lewis (harmonica); Mel Collins (saxophone); Darren Wharton (piano, keyboards, background vocals); Scott Gorham (bass); Brian Downey (drums).

Going by this album, Phil Lynott would have had a lot in common with Bob Geldof, with both of them writing songs that strove for memorable hooks and related to growing up in the rough end of Ireland. The Philip Lynott Album has some surprisingly sweet moments, considering Lynott's hard-rocking past with Thin Lizzy. It generated a bona fide European pop hit in a remodeled version of "Yellow Pearl" (co-written by Midge Ure of Ultravox), a sarcastic attack on Asian marketing methods. ~ Steven McDonald


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