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Thin Lizzy – Emerald
I always wondered why James Hetfield and Steve Harris would rave about Thin Lizzy, having only ever heard “The Boys are Back in Town”. So I finally checked them out, and the studio album “Jailbreak” and the live album “Live and Dangerous” have become mainstays on my playlist ever since. They’re great, I love Phil Lynott’s vocals, the twin lead guitars, and their drummer is excellent (without ever becoming showy or overpowering).
Here’s a live version of the song Emerald, which is where I could first hear the influence on early Maiden. Sound quality ain’t great, but it gives a good feel.