BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “The Black Rose,” Sort Of…

Stephen took pity on me after my last battle, and suggested this battle, since I’m still doing songs that have the same name but are different songs. There’s a twist here, though: Both of the names translate to “The Black Rose,” rather than being “The Black Rose.” So here we go…

Thin Lizzy, “*Róisín Dubh*”

Thin Lizzy’s song is an Irish folk song from the 16th Century, one of Ireland’s most famous political songs (Wikipedia says it translates to “Little Dark Rose”). This was (more or less) the title track to Thin Lizzy’s 1979 album Black Rose: A Rock Legend.

Gary Hoey, “*La Rosa Negra*”

Gary Hoey’s “Black Rose” is from the 1994 album Music From The Motion Picture Bruce Brown’s The Endless Summer II.

Those of you that have voted here before know all these things, but for those of you who haven’t, here are your instructions:

  1. Listen to the two songs.
  2. Decide which song you like the best.
  3. Vote for your favorite by leaving me a comment with your choice. If you feel like telling us why, feel free.
  4. Then, visit the other participants and vote in their Battles:

I’ll announce the winner next Friday, May 22, so be sure and get your vote to me by then.

The lines are now open. Good luck to Thin Lizzy and Gary Hoey!

14 thoughts on “BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “The Black Rose,” Sort Of…

  1. It’s a definite Gary Hoey vote for me. He sounds so much like Carlos Santana, and I really enjoy Santana! No battle for me this go around. I’ll be back on the 1st with my next battle.


  2. JOHN ~

    The night before last, another “Same Name, Different Song” idea came to me. I should have written it down, because I thought it was a really good match-up. Unfortunately, I’ve already forgotten what it was. But if you want me to, I could probably find it again because I do still remember which albums I played that night. (Although, if you’re finished with this concept, well, …alrighty then.)

    Sadly, this particular match-up isn’t matching up so well. At least not so far. Because I’m afraid I need to add my voice to the chorus that is singing GARY HOEY!

    ‘The Black Rose’ was the final album I ever bought by Thin Lizzy. By 1979, my tastes were beginning to change and Thin Lizzy – who, for a brief period of time, was actually my favorite band in the world – began to decline on my list of favorites.

    But Gary Hoey – that cat can really play that axe. I would definitely place him on my list of Top 5 Greatest Guitarists that I have heard. And, yes, he definitely has borrowed Carlos Santana’s sound on this particular track, but Hoey can duplicate almost anyone’s playing (and probably, in most cases, better than the dude he’s emulating).

    I own Hoey’s soundtrack for ‘Endless Summer II’, and it’s probably the hardest rocking movie soundtrack that I can think of. It rocks harder than most Hard Rock bands rocked.

    Anyway, sorry I can’t help make this Battle a bit more competitive, but I gotta be honest and run with the “In Crowd” this time.

    ~ D-FensDogG


    1. I wasn’t familiar with Hoey before this battle. Usually when I pair a vocal song with an instrumental the vocal damn near shuts out the instrumental.

      If you remember those songs, pass them along. I’ll probably stick with this a while longer.


  3. My vote goes hands-down to Gary Hoey. I love the tropical rhythm, and that it’s completely instrumental. Anything summery-sounding does wonderful things for my soul, so hearing this made me happy!


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  4. Look who is here and must look back at your week:). Oh Hoey! Yes Gary Hoey gets my vote and is that Carlos Santana on the guitar?? If not, I know my knowledge of music is steady on…meaning not much. I loved the second one for the great guitar and the overall bravado of the piece.

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  5. Interesting Battle.

    If you had told me that the Gary Hoey version was The Allman Bros I would have believed it. It’s really good if not a bit derivative. But I did like it a lot.

    IN the match though I prefer Thin Lizzy!

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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