||TREASURE TROVE OF PREVIOUSLY UNHEARD THIN LIZZY MATERIAL TO BE RELEASED THIS YEAR
3rd January 2012
Thin Lizzy will release a box set of previously unheard out-takes later this year taken from a 'treasure trove' of tapes that were stashed away by Phil Lynott.
Shortly before he passed away in 1986, Phil gave 150 tapes to a third party for safekeeping and the cache of up to 700 songs has finally been released to Universal Music.
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Steve Hammonds, project manager behind the new Thin Lizzy box set, told the Irish Independent: "This is an absolutely stunning find.
"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.
"There are out-takes, unheard versions of Thin Lizzy hits and, most exciting of all, material which was recorded but never released at the time.
"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 drawer."
Scott Gorham and Brian Downey will have the final say over which songs are released.
"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," added Mr Hammonds.
Label bosses have declined to give more details on why the material is only surfacing now, 30 years after Thin Lizzy split.
"Phil Lynott passed the material on to a third party for safekeeping. They held on to it for decades because they were waiting for the right people to come along.
"They really didn't trust anyone enough to release it properly. The catalyst was a boxed set of Thin Lizzy BBC sessions we issued earlier this year, which made them believe we were the right people. No money has changed hands, this person is a Thin Lizzy fan."