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Contest: Limited edition Thin Lizzy vinyl for YOU!

It's been a looooong time since we've given anything away here at Addicted to Vinyl. In honor of Record Store Day, which is coming up on April 18th, I had this crazy idea that it might be cool to give away some VINYL!

It seems to me like a good way to get everyone properly psyched up for Record Store Day, ya know?

Thanks to my buddy Glenn and the fine folks at VH-1 Classic, I've got a chance for a few lucky ATV readers to win a copy of the new archival Thin Lizzy live album Still Dangerous on vinyl!

Thin Lizzy - Still Dangerous

I've been listening to Still Dangerous for the past couple of weeks, and let me tell you something - when they said in the press release that this album would be the perfect companion piece to the famous Live and Dangerous album, they weren't kidding. Recorded live in 1977 on the same tour that produced Live and Dangerous, this album smokes!

Guitarist Scott Gorham shares the following details about the events that led to the release of Still Dangerous:

“We pulled all these boxes down, and I didn’t even realize how many we had! There were a hell of a lot. One of the engineers was cataloging each reel, and one box came up marked `Philadelphia 2.’ That kinda stuck because I remembered Philadelphia but didn’t know what the `2’ meant. Then it hit me.

What had happened, on that particular leg of the King Biscuit tour, before we actually started the tour proper, we were asked to come out and do the radio show. We were uncomfortable because we wanted to do a few warm-up shows before we went [on the air live] so we struck a deal. We said we’ll go in and do this show for you if you only simulcast four songs, and let us come back in a few weeks time and do the whole show. They agreed. This tape is that second show coming back through Philadelphia where we were ready to go out and conquer America."

“We were gambling,” continues Gorham. “Phil liked to do that. Listening to this record really takes me back to that time. Phil would say, `let’s start with this and then do that.’ He was very cool and loved to get out there and shake it up a bit and see the audience reaction. It got kind of scary at points, but it was a fun thing to do.”

The band lured legendary producer Glyn Johns (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones) out of retirement to remix and remaster the tapes for release. Still Dangerous also has two tracks not found on Live and Dangerous, "Soldier of Fortune," a blistering three song run through classic hits "Jailbreak," "The Cowboy Song," and "The Boys Are Back In Town," and a number of other album track favorites.

Still Dangerous is in stores now on CD and vinyl, and online as a digital download at Amazon and Itunes.

The vinyl is limited to 1000 copies and comes with a very cool secret bonus item that is exclusive to the vinyl!

So how can you get your mitts on one of our giveaway copies? Here's the deal:

We all remember the first album that we bought, and most of us have a story that goes with that purchase.

What's the story behind the first album/CD you bought as a music fan? We want to hear yours! We'll pick a couple of the best stories and hook those people up with vinyl copies of Still Dangerous!

Leave the answer in the comments section below, and make sure to fill in your email address so that we can contact you if you are a winner!

Good luck!

Jailbreak - Thin Lizzy

Relevant Links and Information:

Still Dangerous Track Listing:

1.) Soldier Of Fortune
2.) Jailbreak
3.) Cowboy Song
4.) The Boys Are Back In Town
5.) Dancing In The Moonlight
6.) Massacre
7.) Opium Trail
8.) Don't Believe A Word
9.) Baby Makes Me Cry
10.) Me And The Boys

Record Store Day official site

Thin Lizzy official site

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  • Liz

    The first album I ever bought was Bon Jovi’s “I’ll Be There For You” a single off of the New Jersey album. I was a child of the ’80s and became a Bon Jovi fan very young in life thanks to the influence of my older sister. I played that record, over and over, singing my little broken heart out; I’m actually amazed that the record is still playable after all these years. I also remember being fascinated by how I could make Jon’s voice change just by switching the record player to a different speed, lol.

  • Garrett

    I bought my first album at the tender age of 9 with my allowance. It was the self-titled alt rock masterpiece by Marcy Playground. While all my elementary school friends were listening to Smash Mouth and Wierd Al, I was delving into the moody melodic anthems of teen angst. My older teenage brother raised me on 107.9 THE END, the alternative station that has since been spinning rap and hip-hop. After memorizing all the words to “Sex and Candy”, I eventually could sing-along to each song on the album without even looking at the lyric book. Now I’m 19 and writing music in The Modern Electric. Not a single song I write is untouched by the emotion, beauty, and angst burned into my soul by those 12 magnificent songs– each on endless repeat throughout the 90s and forever in my heart.

  • David Kidney

    First album I bought was The Beatles “Twist and Shout”. No kidding…in the year of release, 1964.
    We got it home, and placed in on the turntable of my Mom’s old console, and WHAT happened??? It sounded weird, all speeded up…like chipmunks (The Chipmunks Sing the Beatles came later) this was unbelievable. Mom’s turntable only played 78rpm records! All her Artie Shaw and Glen Miller records were 78s!
    “What are we goona do, Dad!” my brother and I whined!
    My Dad never had a driver’s license, so he carried the unit up to Kenilworth Ave. About a mile away. He had them pull out the old turntable and replace it with a brand new 4 speed model. That’s right…45rpm, 33 1/3rpm, 78s for Mom’s stuff, and 16rpm for…whatever comes on records that run that slowly!
    That was the good news, but the bad news was it would take two weeks! TWO WEEKS! While we waited we saved up the $3.21 that “Beatlemania” cost so when Dad walked in after his 7-3 shift, with the newly outfitted record player, we’d have something to play on it!
    It was awesome. Dad stopped for a beer on the way home. My brother and I got home from school and he wasn’t home yet. Didn’t the store close at 5:30…”Mom it’s 5:00…Mom it’s 5:05…Mom when’s Dad comin’ home?”
    Finally he came in, carrying the record player…he plugged it in…we gingerly dropped “Twist & Shout” onto the spindle, pushed the lever to ‘reject’ and watched as the black vinyl disc spun around, the tone arm moved mechanically, ‘CLICK’, it hovered over the first few grooves and dropped…there was a hush, then the soon to be well known sound of diamond on vinyl, “SSSSSKKKKKKKKK!” and John Lennon’s voice…”Anna…”
    “Chains,” “Boys,” “Ask Me Why,” “Please, Please Me,” “Love Me Do,” and “From Me To You.” Then “SSkkSSkkSSkk, click,” side one ended and the tonearm returned to its home.
    I’ll never forget that experience.
    That record player served us well. We began careers of buying records. My brother specialized in British progressive rock, Mom picked up big band stuff, and some blues, Dad gathered Merle Haggard and Jimmie Rodgers and some Hawaiian guitar players…and me…I kept buying the Beatles, Stones, Who, then folk, folk rock, blues, jazz, fusion, and everything in between.
    My Dad stacked records on that spindle. He’d play Merle’s “Tribute to the Best Damn Fiddler,” followed by Dylan’s “Blonde on Blonde,” Tex Ritter’s “Greatest Hits,” and cap it off with another play of side two of “Twist and Shout”…the first LP we ever bought!
    I still have it.
    And it’s loaded on my iPod too!

    And Thin Lizzy? I took this picture when I was in Dublin a couple of years ago…the taxi driver said, “Well, you sartainly know yer Oirish music!”

  • Narm

    My first vinyl purchase happened when I was intoxicated in the basement of the Beachland Ballroom waiting for a show. I had made the decision to go vinyl and was in the process of finding a record player but was hammered and tempted by the sweet curves of four separate Van Morrison albums. I bought them and haven’t looked back.

    It seems to be a theme because I picked up Thin Lizzy’s “Jailbreak” on vinyl the exact same way.

    Damn you $3 PBR’s at the Beachland.

  • Craig

    By the time I purchased my first album I already had an a pretty good collection. When I was a little kid Mom used to frequent K-Mart, she was always buying me 45’s, usually from the top ten rack or whatever was in the checkout line. I remember those records in the long shrink-wrapped pieces of cardboard.

    I also remember that most of the songs she was buying for me were songs we’d hear in the car listening to John Lannigan on WGAR. I can re-create his gig to this day with those records! I can still see in my minds eye the classic Warner Brothers label on the single for “Jailbreak”.

    The first actual album that was given to me was for my birthday. I can still remember the room I was in, where I was sitting and opening the gift. It was Boston’s “Boston” …nuff said there.

    Ok, so how long did it take me to buy my fisrt album with my own money? Quite some time actually. Drum roll please…….

    It was Def Leppard “Pyromania”. I bought it at Parmatown. Not at Camelot, but the smaller store by the movie theater, I think it was Record Den. After that the flood gates opened, the next thing I know I’m getting smashed with a case of Little Kings in the Richfield parking lot at a Power Station concert.

    I haven’t stopped since, but the kicker to this story is: Of all the albums I have bought, and the hundreds of concerts I have seen, I have yet to see Def Leppard live. That is going to change this summer. Anyone know where I can get a case of Little Kings?

    Thanks for reading,

  • Craig

    Edit: It must be all the cream ale, because now I’m not sure if the label of the Jailbreak was Mercury or WB? I’ll have to dig it up.


  • brian

    The very first album I ever purchased was the The Chipmunks Sing the Beatles Hits… Yes I realize that the LP came out in 1964 but I bought the record at a budget bin flea market of sorts as I liked the cover.

    I am sure my mother was thrilled I was showing interest in the Beatles but I bought it for the Chipmunks.

    After years of playing the record over and over I memorized all of the songs and sang them to my folks at high pitched speeds which I am sure gave them headaches.

    I finally figured out that these cartooned chipmunks were not singing these songs I loved when my father pointed out a Beatles song on the radio. The song of course was not high pitched and actually sounded better especially since I already knew the lyrics.

    I still have that LP. It is scratched to all hell and I doubt will play but it a reminder at the very first record I ever purchased.

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  • Ann V.

    The first album I purchased with my own money was the Beach Boys’ Endless Summer. I remember saving up my money and going down to Stillman’s (the local 5&Dime) and taking it home. My brother and I already had a healthy collection of Beatles albums that our parents would buy us. They listened to classical music mostly, but they knew the Beatles were popular, so that’s what we got. The second album I bought was Warren Zevon’s Excitable Boy.

    I didn’t buy a lot of music growing up, because my brother (who is a year younger than me) is a compulsive collector and he took over the turntable when we got home from school. He would become obsessed with certain albums and play them into the ground (Police – Zenyatta Mendatta, Tubes – Completion Backwards Principle, Cheap Trick at Budokan). Some I liked, others drove me nuts, but my musical tastes were a lot more diverse because of him (he also bought me my first R.E.M. and Split Enz LPs).

  • Stacy

    No lie, the first album I bought with my own money was Sgt. Pepper. At The Shoppe in Berea. Denny Selby, the owner, was my uncle’s best friend. My mom took me there and I wandered thru the racks looking at everything. The place was fabulous. Levi’s and Frye boots on one floor, silver and turquoise jewelry and feather earrings on another, third floor– records. Oooooh, the records. Thru an odd door on that floor was the head shop. I was in fifth grade– it was 1976. She kept talking to Denny as I wandered into the head shop. I was quickly shuttled back to the records by an employee. I chose my album. Yes it was a re-issue but it still had the fun Beatle cut-outs inside. I wish I still had them. Of course, I still have the album. Mom was a Stones fan, I rebelled with the Beatles. No regrets. I went back to The Shoppe every week from Junior High thru High School and bought at least an album a week. Saved my lunch money and bought albums. From The Clash to Bruce and everything else in between. The Shoppe is still there, Denny still owns it. My uncle has since passed away, unfortunately. My uncle kind of introduced me to the Beatles. He left his records at my grandmother’s house when he left for Crested Butte, Colorado. I have a 45 of Lady Madonna that was his. I took it and never told anyone. Till now I guess.

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  • dale schmucker

    my first cd was motley crue shout at the devil. I was 9 y.o. I wanted to buy ozzy bark at the moon but my mom did not like the cover… I did nt let her read the song titles on shout at the devel!!!!!!

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  • EmmalynElizabeth

    I am 16. Vinyl is not something my generation seems to appreciate. To be honest, I don't understand why. There is something so amazing about vinyl and the musical expierence. I just got my first record player this Christmas and I love it so much. The very first album I got was the best of Eric Clapton. The two album set keeps me entertained for hours on end. Since this first album I have expanded to a whopping collection of 9! Woo Hoo! I have always loved Thin Lizzy and would love to have their album on vinyl. I have a feeling it is much better than the MP3 version I have!

  • EmmalynElizabeth

    I am 16. Vinyl is not something my generation seems to appreciate. To be honest, I don't understand why. There is something so amazing about vinyl and the musical expierence. I just got my first record player this Christmas and I love it so much. The very first album I got was the best of Eric Clapton. The two album set keeps me entertained for hours on end. Since this first album I have expanded to a whopping collection of 9! Woo Hoo! I have always loved Thin Lizzy and would love to have their album on vinyl. I have a feeling it is much better than the MP3 version I have!

  • James Guthman

    My first album actually was Thin Lizzy's “Nightlife”. SERIOUSLY. I found it at a flea market with my parents when i was 10 years old. At the time i didn't know who Thin Lizzy was, I just remember begging my mom to buy it for me because i really liked the artwork on the jacket. I played it as soon as i got home on my parents eight track/record player and completely fell in love with the whole “twin guitar attack” sound that they had. Every time that i listened to “sha la la” i would run around the living room, jumping off of the couch and rock out my air guitar tricks. My parents would watch and just laugh so hard. They recorded a video of me rocking out one day when i tried doing what i called a “guitar air kick” off of the recliner and fell into the tv stand, knocking over everything. We ended up actually submitting it to “America's Funniest Home Videos”, but it didn't get picked for the show. To this day Thin Lizzy is one of my favorite bands and always will be. I am 33 years old now, and every time i put that record on it takes me back. That album is one of my most prized possessions.

  • hiit

    Woow great!!