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Solo in Soho is the debut solo album by Irish rock singer Philip Lynott, released while he was still in Thin Lizzy. Current and former Lizzy members guested on the album, including Scott Gorham, Brian Downey, Snowy White, and Gary Moore. Brian Robertson also contributed to the writing of "Girls".

Solo in Soho
Cover photo by John Swannell
Studio album by
Released18 April 1980
May 1980 (Japan)
RecordedWinter 1979–early 1980
StudioGood Earth Studios, Soho, London, Compass Point Studios, Nassau, The Bahamas
LabelVertigo (Europe and Japan)
Mercury (Canada)
Warner Bros. (US)
ProducerPhilip Lynott, Kit Woolven
Philip Lynott chronology
Solo in Soho
The Philip Lynott Album
Singles from Solo in Soho
  1. "Dear Miss Lonely Heart" / "Solo in Soho"
    Released: April 1980
  2. "King's Call" / "Ode to a Black Man"
    Released: June 1980
  3. "Yellow Pearl" / "Girls"
    Released: October 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal9/10[2]
Hot Press(mixed)[3]
Smash Hits5/10[4]


Guest musiciansEdit

Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler plays on "King's Call", a lament to Elvis Presley. Huey Lewis plays harmonica on "Tattoo (Giving It All Up for Love)" and "Ode to a Black Man". Lewis later covered the former on 1982 Huey Lewis and the News album, Picture This.

Yellow PearlEdit

"Yellow Pearl" was released as a single in two remixed versions - the first of these being later used as the theme tune from 1981 until 1986 for the popular BBC TV music programme Top of the Pops. This version was later included on Lynott's second solo album The Philip Lynott Album.

Track listingEdit

All songs by Philip Lynott, except where noted.

Side one
  1. "Dear Miss Lonely Hearts" (Lynott, Jimmy Bain) – 4:11
  2. "King's Call" – 3:40
  3. "A Child's Lullaby" – 2:43
  4. "Tattoo (Giving It All Up for Love)" – 3:21
  5. "Solo in Soho" – 4:15
Side two
  1. "Girls" (Lynott, Bain, Brian Robertson) – 4:00
  2. "Yellow Pearl" (Lynott, Midge Ure) – 4:06
  3. "Ode to a Black Man" – 4:06
  4. "Jamaican Rum" – 2:43
  5. "Talk in 79" – 3:00



  • Kit Woolven – producer, engineer
  • Tony Visconti, "Flash" Gordon Fordyce, Will Reid-Dick – engineers
  • Ian Cooper – mastering
  • Chris O'Donnell – art direction
  • Linda Sutton, Roger Cooper – artwork and design
  • John Swannell – photography



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  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 203. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5.
  3. ^ Graham, Bill (25 April 1980). "Solo in Soho". Hot Press. Vol. 3 no. 21. Retrieved 2018-06-29.
  4. ^ Hepworth, David (15 May 1980). "Albums - Phil Lynott: Solo in Soho". Smash Hits. Vol. 2 no. 10. p. 31. Retrieved 2018-06-29.
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