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Sunday, December 12, 2010

"The Boys Are Back In Town" Thin Lizzy Isolated Vocals

Here's a song that everyone has heard, since it's been a radio and commercial staple for years - Thin Lizzy's "The Boys Are Back In Town," which was a hit from the Irish band's 1976 breakout album Jailbreak. Today we'll take a listen to Phil Lynott's isolated lead vocals.

1) Considering that this was recorded in 1976, the sound of the vocal is very modern, without a lot of compression nor some of the tuning problems heard frequently from that era.

2) The reverb sounds great. It's both delayed and band limited so it doesn't get in the way.

3) There's an obvious punch at about 2:29 that I never heard until I listened to the isolated vocal.

4) The background vocals are interesting in that they're just a doubled Lynott but drenched in some non-delayed reverb that's a little bright.

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