Apparently, shortly before the Dublin rocker's death in 1986, the then 36 year old Lynott gave a heap of 150 tapes to a third party for safe keeping - here's hoping the good folks at Universal treat the twenty-six year old find kind.
"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."
"There are out-takes, unheard versions of Thin Lizzy hits and, most exciting of all, material which was recorded but never released at the time," said Mr Hammonds.
The scheduled June release won't be the first collection in the last few years to feature archive work by the band as it follows on last year's Live At The BBC release, not to mention all those long-awaited deluxe remastered editions of Lizzy's back catalog. [and while we're on the subject, powers that be, howsabout getting around to taking the TBD out of the promised 2CD/DVD edish of Live and Dangerous equation already]
What's really rocking my clock is the fact that the newly unearthed recordings stretch from Thin Lizzy's years with Decca Records, beginning in 1971, to their Renegade album in 1981 - an era that is considered by many Lizzy enthusiasts to be not only Lizzy's finest hour, what with Jailbreak fitting snugly in the middle of those years, but also a rather terrifically crucial period in rock history. Consider this: what would Iron Maiden be like in 1984 had it not been for the Thin Lizzy of 1971-1981? I rest my case.