Title: Emerald

Artist: Thin Lizzy

Album: Jailbreak

Year Released: 1976

What It Is: A great album cut from a great album by a great band. It’s got it all – plunder, murder, mayhem and kick-ass guitar solos!

Riffage / Hookage: Fantastic riffing by Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson. Great guitar duel as well, with Robertson taking the end solo.

Cowbell?: Nah. Don’t need it with the epic guitaring!

Words Of Wisdom: “Down from the glen came the marching men
With their shields and their swords
To fight the fight they believed to be right
Overthrow the overlords

To the town where there was plenty
They brought plunder, swords and flame
When they left the town was empty
Children would never play again

From their graves I heard the fallen
Above the battle cry
By that bridge near the border
There were many more to die

Then onward over the mountain
And outward towards the sea
They had come to claim the emerald
Without it they could not leave”

Now, I’ve just been reading (almost done) with a book called “The Forge Of Christendom: The End Of Times & The Epic Rise Of The West” by Tom Holland, which is fascinating about the rise of the West in and around the year 1000 – full of plunder, looting, ribaldry, all in the name of the Church! Good stuff. They were very creative about their punishments and torture back in the day. For instance: someone who was carousing with the wrong woman was nailed to a tree by his scrotum, and then given a knife. He had two choices of what to do: lose the jewels, or kill himself. Yikes!

Mixology Report: Why deny people a chance to hear this?

Top Five Genius Results: Rapid Fire – Judas Priest
Am I Evil – Diamond Head
Doctor Doctor – UFO
Murders In The Rue Morgue – Iron Maiden
Pictures Of Home – Deep Purple

Genius, Thin Lizzy isn’t metal, but good tunes nonetheless.

For The Good Of The Order: All I have to say is Thin Lizzy may be the most underrated band in the history of rock and roll (in the USA, at least).

Here’s a live clip. Rock out, peeps!