One of the highlights of the many items issued for Record Store Day in 2019 was a heavyweight deluxe vinyl reissue of Thin Lizzy’s ‘Black Rose’. The expensive reissue coupled one of the band’s very best studio albums with a second LP featuring the album recreated in demo form.
The best news for fans is that those demos appeared not to mirror the anything from the widely circulated Black Rose demos bootleg, giving long-time collectors something worth having.
The same formula is being repeated for this years event, with 1980’s ‘Chinatown’ being chosen for the deluxe treatment.
The first of two albums to feature guitarist Snowy White, ‘Chinatown’ spawned the single ‘Killer On The Loose’ (subsequently banned by the BBC) and added a genuine classic to the Lizzy catalogue with the title track.
The new release will be housed in a glossy, embossed sleeve and pairs the original album with a second LP of demos. While the final tracklisting is yet to be confirmed, fans should suspect that the second disc will be a straight recreation of the original LP in demo form. As with the ‘Black Rose’ 2LP set, it is claimed that all demos are previously unreleased.
Nothing has been confirmed, but there’s a chance that these demos – and the previously issued ‘Black Rose’ demos from ’19 – could have formed the core of the previously scheduled Thin Lizzy box set…
Record Store Day 2020 takes place on April 18th 2020.