Relive One Of Thin Lizzy’s Greatest Performance Of ‘Whiskey In The Jar’ In 1973
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“Whiskey In The Jar” is among the greatest Irish folk song that people loved to hear during St. Patrick’s day. With this, numerous versions have recorded the song, but one of the finest highlights of the recordings was Thin Lizzy’s version that gained great momentum in the Irish and British Pop Charts.
The song speaks about the tale of a highwayman who, after committing the crime of robbery from an official, was then betrayed by his wife or lover. Various versions of the song have been present through most of the 1950s, and people loved to pass on the traditions through re-recording.
It’s safe to assume that aside from Thin Lizzy, numerous artists have also gained fame through their covers of “Whiskey In The Jar.” The Dubliners, The Highwaymen, The Pogues, and even the heavy metal band Metallica gave their own renditions to this fantastic gem, but somehow, Thin Lizzy’s work stood out the rest of them.
The rock-inspired song by the group was filled with magnificent instrumentalization of the song. It was born out of an impromptu session between the three members, Phil Lynott, Brian, Downey, and Eric Bell when their manager heard it, and like the version so well. It was released as a single, and generated positive views from native Ireland and the British charts. It was an excellent segue from the then-favored version of The Dubliners.
From then on, Thin Lizzy started to gain prominence worldwide and filling them with songs that are deemed to last for a lifetime.
You can watch and listen to their 1973 performance of the song here.