release - 1974
album art - Jim Fitzpatrick
Dave & Alan Field (back)
The front cover, designed by Jim Fitzpatrick, shows a panther-like creature in a city scene.
Fitzpatrick found his inspiration for the lettering by artist Roger Dean.
The panther is often thought to be intended to represent Lynott, but Fitzpatrick has confirmed that the panther referred to the Black Panthers and African-American political figures like Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. The rest is a photo montage influenced by the collages of comic book artists like Jim Steranko and Jack Kirby which were appearing in Marvel comics.
The back, by Dave and Alan Field, continues in the colours of the night sky and shows a framed logo & photo of the band members and trivia of the album. For the first time the then-new Lizzy Logo of Fitzpatrick was used.
Thin Lizzy are an Irish rock band formed in Dublin in 1969. Bass guitarist and vocalist Phil Lynott assumed the role of frontman and led the band throughout their recording career of twelve studio albums. Major international hits were Whiskey in the Jar, Jailbreak and The Boys Are Back in Town.
After Lynott's death in 1986, various incarnations of the band have emerged based initially around guitarists Scott Gorham and John Sykes, though Sykes left the band in 2009. Gorham later continued with a new line-up including founding member Downey. In 2012, Gorham and Downey decided against recording new material as Thin Lizzy so they formed a new band, Black Star Riders. Thin Lizzy plan to reunite for occasional concerts.