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* live recording *


11/14/76 and 10/28/77


July 22, 1978


4.350 (average of 12 ratings)


hard rock


“One of the best double live LPs of the 70s.” – Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. Jailbreak
  2. Emerald
  3. Rosalie/ Cowgirl’s Song
  4. Dancing in the Moonlight (It’s Caught Me in Its Spotlight)
  5. Massacre
  6. Still in Love with You
  7. Johnny the Fox Meets Jimmy the Weed
  8. Cowboy Song
  9. The Boys Are Back in Town
  10. Don’t Believe a Word
  11. Warrior
  12. Are You Ready
  13. Suicide
  14. Sha La La
  15. Baby Drives Me Crazy
  16. The Rocker

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated 0.3
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 0.3


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 84
peak on U.K. album chart 2

Singles/Hit Songs: *

  • The Boys Are Back in Town * (5/15/76) #12 US, #8 UK
  • Jailbreak * (8/14/76) #31 UK
  • Cowboy Song * (9/18/76) #77 US
  • Don’t Believe a Word * (1/15/77) #12 UK
  • Dancing in the Moonlight * (9/13/77) #14 UK
  • Rosalie/Cowgirl’s Song (live) (5/13/78) #20 UK

* Chart information is for original studio releases.




Live and Dangerous

Thin Lizzy


“Released in 1978, just as the hot streak starting with 1975’s Fighting and running through 1977’s Bad Reputation came to an end, Live and Dangerous was a glorious way to celebrate Thin Lizzy’s glory days and one of the best double live LPs of the 70s. Of course, this, like a lot of double-lives of that decade – Kiss’ Alive! immediately springs to mind – isn’t strictly live; it was overdubbed and colored in the studio (the very presence of studio whiz Tony Visconti as producer should have been an indication that some corrective steering may have been afoot). But even if there was some tweaking in the studio, Live and Dangerous feels live, containing more energy and power than the original LPs, which were already dynamic in their own right. It’s this energy, combined with the expert song selection, that makes Live and Dangerous a true live classic.” JB

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Last updated March 28, 2011.