Er… 700 Unreleased Thin Lizzy Songs?!?


Phil Lynott trove of
tapes stuck away in the back of a cupboard for 26 years or something like that.


By Blurt Staff


Journalists are already pegging ‘em “The Lost Lizzy Tapes,”
as in, a trove of unreleased Phil Lynott material said to number in the range
of 700 songs. Ireland’s Independent reported yesterday (via Spinner) that in 1986, not long before his death, Lynott gave
150 tapes to an unnamed “third party” for “safekeeping,” and now, the material
has been obtained by Universal Music for a proposed box set.


“This is an absolutely stunning find,” Steve Hammonds, project
manager behind the new Thin Lizzy box set, told the Independent. In every group there’s a member who lovingly collects
their recordings and in Thin Lizzy that was Phil Lynott, because Lizzy was his
baby and his band.”


The recordings reportedly cover the years 1971-81 and comprise outtakes,
alternate versions of hits and totally unreleased songs. Noted Hammonds, “Phil Lynott was such a prolific
songwriter. He recorded 12 Thin Lizzy albums, two solo albums, along with his
Grand Slam post-Lizzy project, and now we find he had even more songs in his


He added that erstwhile Lizzy musicians Scott Gorham and Brian Downey will
have “final say” over track selection for the box. “The members of Thin
Lizzy are fully involved with this project. We have been sending them tapes of
what we’ve found and respecting their wishes as regards the material being
issued and the art work.”


Cryptically, however, Hammonds would not
disclose details on how Universal got the tapes or from whom, only saying that
the aforementioned (and anonymous) “third party” had been waiting for “the
right people to come along” – three decades is a long time to wait. But after a
box set of Lizzy BBC sessions was released in 2011, said third party decided
that the “right people” had been found. “No money has changed hands, this
person is a Thin Lizzy fan,” said Hammond.



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