God bless Scott Gorham’s guitar solo on Thin Lizzy’s “Romeo and the Lonely Girl”
By Steve Newton
I freakin’ love guitar solos, where some talented artist carefully chooses the perfect notes and uses vibrato and tremolo and all that other technical shit to come up with something that’ll stick with me for decades and be there whenever I want to retrieve it, replay it in my head, and holler: “Fuck me is that one wicked lead break!”
Since discovering them in 1973 through Vagabonds of the Western World, Thin Lizzy has provided me with scads of unforgettable guitar solos to adore. Hell, sometimes, as with a tune like “Cowboy Song”, they’ll provide two, just ’cause they can.
I’ve spent countless hours trying to determine which “Cowboy Song” solo–Brian Robertson’s or Scott Gorham’s–was tops. So to make it easier for this latest entry in my “God bless…” series of blogs–which have so far seen me ask the Holy One to lay his blessing on solos by Steve Cropper, Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser, and even keyboardist Chuck Leavell–I’ve picked one from a different, lesser-known Lizzy tune.
Scott Gorham‘s 60-second blast on “Romeo and the Lonely Girl”, from Lizzy’s breakthrough Jailbreak album of ’76, has always struck me as particularly stunning. It has repeatedly given me chills, I kid you not. There’s some kinda beautiful swagger to Gorham’s art as he melodically lays out his searing accompaniment to Phil Lynott’s tale of lost love.
That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it, as my dear old dad used to say.
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