Label: Vertigo - 6360 138 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Netherlands • Genre: Rock • Style: Hard Rock, Classic Rock
Johnny the Fox is the seventh studio album by Irish band Thin Lizzyreleased in Johnny the Fox was the last Thin Lizzy studio album on which guitarist Brian Robertson featured as a full member of the band, as the personality clashes between him and Lynott resulted in Robertson being sacked, reinstated, and later sacked again.
Once Lynott had returned to the UK from the aborted US tour in Junewhen they had been scheduled to support Rainbowhe spent time in hospital in Manchester recovering from hepatitis.
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After his release from hospital, Lynott joined the other members of the band and travelled to MunichGermany in August to record the album at Musicland Studios with producer John Alcock.
Alcock has said that the decision to record outside the UK was for tax reasons. Early in the recording process, it became clear that neither the band nor the production team were happy with the studios or the recording process, and they experienced particular trouble obtaining a satisfactory drum sound. Brian Robertson has said that there was plenty of material from which to choose for the album, up to eight or nine tracks apart from the ten that appeared on the final album.
Lynott and Robertson also clashed over musical differences, such as the composition of "Don't Believe a Word". When Lynott first played the song in a slow bar blues format, Robertson claimed it was "shite", and Lynott reacted badly, disappearing for a few days.
Downey devised a faster shuffle rhythm, and Robertson wrote the riff,  and Lynott was pleased with the outcome when he returned to the studio. Robertson was annoyed when the song was credited solely to Lynott, as he felt that all three members involved should have been credited. Robertson also co-wrote "Borderline" with Lynott, for which he did receive a writing credit.
He later revealed that the song was about a girlfriend: "I was really in love, [but] she hated me. I was extremely down when I wrote it. According to Robertson, Lynott wrote "Rocky" with him in mind.
Later he regretted his reaction, and wrote the lyric condemning religious prejudice. The lyric imagines Irish people travelling to America to escape the famine and start a new life. The P.C.H. - Tuatara - Trading With The Enemy included two tracks with the name "Johnny" in their titles as well as the album title itself, a character by that name having already appeared in earlier songs such as "Showdown" and "The Boys Are Back in Town".
Gorham noted the name's proliferation: "Phil should've been this guy's publicity agent, as he was cropping up everywhere! At every soundcheck, he'd be playing that funky riff… Once we'd found that riff, we just went for it. The whole thing really took off when Brian Downey sat down and put his personal funk take on it with the drums… And these characters — Johnny the Fox and Jimmy the Weed — they were real people.
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Phil Collins of Genesis was brought in to contribute some percussion to one or more tracks, seemingly because he was a friend of Lynott's. Robertson later said, "Collins was just a mate of Phil's I think Phil probably just wanted to get him on the album to name-drop. Irish musician Fiachra Trench provided string arrangements, for example on "Sweet Marie", on which he used one Rocky - Thin Lizzy - Johnny The Fox of violins and two viola sections.
Again, none of the band members could recall which song s Beacon appeared on. Robertson claimed that Beacon was only used because Frankie Miller was unavailable. Thin Lizzy used their usual cover artist, Jim Fitzpatrickto design the sleeve for Johnny the Foxbut he was asked to provide the finished design before the album was given a title.
When Lynott asked him for something Celtic, but not the usual kind of Celtic rock design, Fitzpatrick drew a complicated neo-gothic Celtic border with a disc in the centre, left blank for the title and central design. When the deadline was approaching and he grew desperate to finish it, he asked Lynott for any idea of a title to inspire him. Lynott replied, "Ah, call it Johnny the Foxthat'll do.
The album will be massive. An idea of a cut-out with the fox's head showing through was rejected by the record company. An earlier Fitzpatrick design had the same border with the figure of a warrior in the Mission: Impossible Theme (Mission Accomplished) - Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen - Theme From Mission:, but both Lynott and Fitzpatrick felt that the fox represented a sort of "outsider" character, much like the panther on the cover of Thin Lizzy's album, Nightlife.
Johnny the Fox was released on 16 Octoberand reached No. The tour was successful enough that an extra date was added at Rocky - Thin Lizzy - Johnny The Fox Hammersmith Odeon in November. The tour was scheduled to continue in the US in late November, but this was cancelled after Robertson suffered a hand injury in a fight at the Speakeasy Club in London. Robertson's friend Frankie Miller was about to be attacked with a glass bottle by the Gonzalez guitarist Gordon Hunte, and Robertson tried to intervene.
The bottle cut his hand, badly damaging an artery and a nerve, preventing him from playing guitar effectively for several months. In a contemporary review for Melody MakerHarry Doherty praised the album and comparing it to Jailbreak wrote that there is "more subtlety, the melodies are stronger, and, most importantly, the scope of the material is much wider than the hard rock associated Somebody Stole My Gal - Benny Goodman - The Hits Of Benny Goodman Lizzy", showing a band more versatile than on the previous recording.
Lynott's lyrics and the group's musical power. Praising "Don't Believe a Word" and "Borderline" as great moments, he said that the album "never falls flat", but is "never quite as gripping as Jailbreak ". On 24 Januarya new remastered and expanded edition of Johnny the Fox was released.
This new edition is a 2-CD set, with the original album on disc one, and bonus material on disc two. However, the track listing on the back cover is incorrect, as it accidentally lists "Johnny the Fox Meets Also the track listing on the back of the CD booklet is wrong as well. That lists "Don't Believe a Word" three times when only two versions appear.
The correct track listing is listed below. Only the bonus material on disc two has been remastered in despite what it says on the back of the CD booklet. Disc one uses the same remaster as the edition. New remasters were made, but scrapped at the last minute before the release, for reasons unknown.
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