Just a few years before his death, Phil Lynott gave over 150 tapes of unreleased Thin Lizzy recordings to a person he trusted to keep them safe. Now, the tracks are seeing the light of day and many of them will be heard later this year in a new box set.

Universal has acquired the collection, containing recordings of Lynott and the band from between 1971 and 1981 during their time at Decca Records.

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It features both studio outtakes and alternate versions of classic hits, as well as new songs that had never been released.

“This is an absolutely stunning find,” said Steve Hammonds, project manager behind the new box set, to the Irish Independent.

There’s not much of an explanation as to why the recordings never surfaced until now…Perhaps money was involved?

Surviving members Scott Gorham and Brian Downey, however, will have final say as to what exactly will be released to the public. Let’s hope they find it in their hearts to let us hear all those recordings we never got before!

How excited are you to hear previously unreleased Thin Lizzy songs? Let us know in the comments.

[metrolyrics artist=”Thin Lizzy” song=”The Boys Are Back in Town”]

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