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Recently uncovered "lost" Thin Lizzy tapes contain up to 700 unreleased songs.

Before his untimely death in 1986, Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott handed a friend 150 tapes of unreleased songs recorded between 1971 and '81. The tapes included alternate versions of Thin Lizzy hits as well as perhaps dozens of songs that never saw the light of day. This potential goldmine for fans has just been re-discovered and will apparently form the basis of a Thin Lizzy box set due in June. Actually, it sounds like enough material for multiple box sets. "This is an absolutely stunning find," Steve Hammonds, project manager behind the box set, told the Irish Independent."In every group there's a member who lovingly collects their recordings and in Thin Lizzy that was Phil Lynott, because Lizzy was his baby and his band." [via Brooklyn Vegan]

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