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The Return of John Sykes


]Here you go...

Christ, he's 57!

Never rated him personally but hey!!
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I've always liked him. My first listening experience with him was Thin Lizzy and while a lot of die-hard TL fans didn't care for that album, I really liked it.

I'm excited for the new record.
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while a lot of die-hard TL fans didn't care for that album, I really liked it.




I'm a big fan if thunder and lightning, my second fave Thin Lizzy album after jailbreak.

My first listen to Sykes was on Crazy Nights by Tygers Of Pan Tang, which whilst not a brilliant album I have fond memories of, as my dear old nan bought it for me from Woolworths on Camden Town high street.

Sadly neither are around anymore.
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I'm a big fan if thunder and lightning, my second fave Thin Lizzy album after jailbreak.




Agreed. There's some great tracks on that record, but the biggest gripe I hear from Lizzy fans are "Its too metal". Well, that's what Phil wanted or else he wouldn't have recruited Sykes. Chinatown was good, but Renegade was [sign in to see URL] needed something strong and T&L was the answer.

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I'm a big fan if thunder and lightning, my second fave Thin Lizzy album after jailbreak.




Agreed. There's some great tracks on that record, but the biggest gripe I hear from Lizzy fans are "Its too metal". Well, that's what Phil wanted or else he wouldn't have recruited Sykes. Chinatown was good, but Renegade was [sign in to see URL] needed something strong and T&L was the answer.




Well, like Whitesnake I like my Lizzy music to be varied and not just metal based or full of shredding, however T&L is a good album. I just think players like Sykes need pulling back sometimes, less is more etc.



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Sykes is a talented guitar player, of that there's no doubt. Despite having been punted by DC prior to the release of 1987, I'm surprised he's not made more of his career in the ensuing years. As a player, he doesn't do an awful lot for me though as he's guilty of overplaying- to the detriment of the song in some cases. The most obvious example being the technically difficult but completely inappropriate shredding solos he played live during WITSOFB with WS. Horrible....


     
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Very true, totally murders Walking in the [sign in to see URL] the royalties from 1987 he hasn’t had the need to work too hard. Though with Blue Murder, he was initially very motivated to make work, thereafter perhaps got disillusioned with the grunge etc in the 1990s.

His 2004 Bad Boys Live , Greatest Hits show is the best thing he’s done i’ve heard since.

I too love Lizzy T&L, perfect for the time, didn’t like Gorham’s slating of Sykes as too metal. Would love a decent 2xcd release from the 1983 tour, Life’s ok but could have had better sound.

Can anyone recommend some Sykes Tygers material at all?

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Can anyone recommend some Sykes Tygers material at all?




He did two albums with TOPT. Spellbound is a good album (scorching solo on Gangland), but the follow-up Crazy Nights is very patchy. They did their best album (The Cage) after he left, IMO.

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Can anyone recommend some Sykes Tygers material at all?




He did two albums with TOPT. Spellbound is a good album (scorching solo on Gangland), but the follow-up Crazy Nights is very patchy. They did their best album (The Cage) after he left, IMO.




Agreed, the Cage is a superb album.
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I found the Tygers track I recalled hearing back in the 80s on YT . Seems it's called Don't stop by, very melodic, ahead of its time in that reminds of a sound Europe would later become so successful with!
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