Shades of a Blue Orphanage – Thin Lizzy – 1972


Album Shades of a Blue Orphanage by Thin Lizzy
Album Shades of a Blue Orphanage by Thin Lizzy

Shades of a Blue Orphanage is the title of the second album by the Irish rock band Thin Lizzy, released in 1972. The album name is a tribute to the previous bands of the members: Shades of Blue and Orphanage. The album contains nine songs, ranging from hard rock to folk rock, written mostly by Phil Lynott, the lead singer and bassist of the band. The song “Sarah” is dedicated to Lynott’s grandmother who raised him. The album was produced by Nick Tauber and recorded at De Lane Lea Studios in London. The album received mixed reviews from critics, who praised Lynott’s lyrics but criticized some of the songs for being overblown and disjointed. The album was remastered and reissued in 2010 with bonus tracks from a BBC Radio 1 John Peel Session and a single B-side.

Shades of a Blue Orphanage is a must-have for any fan of Thin Lizzy. It is an album that is full of surprises and that shows the band’s growth as musicians.


  • Phil Lynott – vocals, bass, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar
  • Eric Bell – lead guitar, acoustic guitar
  • Brian Downey – drums, percussion
  • Clodagh Simonds – harpsichord, keyboards, mellotron (additional musician)
  • Gary Moore – additional guitar on tracks 12–14 (additional musician)

Source: Wikipedia

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