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Black Rose: A Rock Legend is the ninth studio album by Irish band Thin Lizzy. Released in 1979, it has been described as one of the band's "greatest, most successful albums".
Black Rose: A Rock Legend debuted at its #2 peak in the UK album charts and it is the band's most successful studio album. It was the first time that blues rock guitarist Gary Moore remained in Thin Lizzy long enough to record an album after previous stints in 1974 and 1977 with the band.
Axl Rose has the cover of "Black Rose: A Rock Legend" tattooed on his right upper arm, and once said that he "wanted to show it to Phil Lynott, but then he died on me".
The album included the second song Lynott wrote about a member of his family entitled "Sarah", the first song by this name having appeared on 1972's Shades of a Blue Orphanage, written about his grandmother, also named Sarah. The song on Black Rose: A Rock Legend is about his then newly born daughter.
The last track, "Róisín Dubh", consists of traditional songs, all arranged by Lynott and Moore, as well as original parts. The song "Will You Go Lassie, Go" (Wild Mountain Thyme) is sometimes mistakenly credited as a traditional song, but was in fact written by William McPeake, and first recorded by Francis McPeake (and is on the album credited to F. McPeak).
Black Rose: A Rock Legend would prove to be Thin Lizzy's last true classic album (and last produced by Tony Visconti). Guitarist Brian Robertson was replaced by Gary Moore prior to the album's recording. Moore had already been a member of the band in the early '70s and served as a tour fill-in for Robertson in 1977, and he fits in perfectly with Lizzy's heavy, dual-guitar attack. Black Rose also turned out to be the band's most musically varied, accomplished, and successful studio album, reaching number two on the U.K. album chart upon release. Lizzy leader Phil Lynott is again equipped with a fine set of originals, which the rest of the band shines on -- the percussion-driven opener "Do Anything You Want To," the pop hit "Waiting for an Alibi," and a gentle song for Lynott's newly born daughter, "Sarah." Not all the material is as upbeat, such as the funky "S&M," as well two grim tales of street life and substance abuse -- "Toughest Street in Town" and "Got to Give It Up" (the latter sadly prophetic for Lynott). Black Rose closes with the epic seven-minute title track, which includes an amazing, complex guitar solo by Moore that incorporates Celtic themes against a hard rock accompaniment. Black Rose: A Rock Legend is one of the '70s lost rock classics.
01. "Do Anything You Want To" Philip Lynott 3:52
02. "Toughest Street in Town" Scott Gorham, Lynott, Gary Moore 4:00
03. "S&M" Brian Downey, Lynott 4:05
04. "Waiting for an Alibi" Lynott 3:29
05. "Sarah" Lynott, Moore 3:32
06. "Got to Give It Up" Gorham, Lynott 4:23
07. "Get Out Of Here" Lynott, Midge Ure 3:36
08. "With Love" Lynott 4:40
09. "Róisín Dubh (Black Rose): A Rock Legend" 7:08
II. "Will You Go Lassie Go"
III. "Danny Boy"
IV. "The Mason's Apron"