I love this album a lot
B. E Jackson | Pennsylvania | 11/22/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am REALLY shocked people are giving this album a negative rating, or having mixed feelings about it. This is a GREAT album! Here's why-
I'm not normally a lyrics kind of guy (I'm not a Bruce Springsteen fan for instance, but admire the guys talent) but when you combine interesting and creative lyrics with honest, meaningful emotions from the lead singers voice, the results can be very very good, and Shades of a Blue Orphanage is a PERFECT example of mixing excellent lyrics with great vocal melodies.
I really love this album and the more I listen to it, the more the tunes grow on me, and the more I'm becoming a big fan of Thin Lizzy. These guys are NOT your typical hard rock band, and this is solid proof.
These songs are written in a very neat way, like the band wanted to explore a different approach on how to put a song together. I really like it.
As for the way the album was produced with old early 70's recording equipment... well, that's part of the appeal if you ask me. Just like early Alice Cooper or early Blue Oyster Cult, and people don't seem to have a problem with THOSE albums. Really don't understand the negativity towards early Thin Lizzy.
I love Thin Lizzy's style of songwriting, and the way the lyrics are actually able to MOVE me in a way most bands are unable to do. Let that be an important note to other bands attempting the same style- combine important lyrics with emotion and melody, and that way, the listener ends up paying even *more* attention to the lyrics.
It's amazing how the lead singers voice sounds like someone I can relate to, just by the sound and feeling in his voice. Very odd.
To me, this is an album worth owning, and I'm very happy I gave it a chance. Please, don't worry about comparing this to the later stuff Thin Lizzy did- Shades of a Blue Orphanage is perfection from beginning to end.
I just can't agree with all the average ratings this album has received here on amazon. The album is just really good to me."
Tremoglie Giuliano | Turin. Italy | 05/11/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"what can I say, is not a great record, for the sound,if you think the next album is vagabonds.... the difference is very big, you will understand only when you listen this album.
I like this album but they have a problems for record this album."
Fairly Weak, for Lizzy
freedom78 | Indiana | 02/07/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The first very average release from Thin Lizzy, this one is a bit repetitive and uninspired. While it's not bad, they don't do a lot on here that demands repeated listens."