The most prolific reissuers on the planet are trawling their substantial back catalogue again next month in time to catch the Christmas rush.

And this time Thin Lizzy fans can expect a raft of familiar and previously unreleased material culled from the vast BBC archives.

At The BBC will be available as a standard double disc Best Of collection. 

But if that’s not enough – and where Lizzy are concerned it never is – there’s a six-disc version with a DVD and what sounds like an extremely collectible and strictly limited five-vinyl compilation.

Lizzy’s unbelievable career has largely been built upon their unassailable reputation as one of the world’s greatest live acts and it is that prowess and power that underlies this collection.

This release is collated from all of the BBC-owned Lizzy recordings that still exist in the archive and charts the inexorable rise of the band: from the first steps as a three piece on the Decca label, to the glory days as one of the greatest live acts of all time.

The BBC gave the band a platform and support at crucial stages in their career and thus Thin Lizzy Live At The BBC offers fans an alternative Greatest Hits collection showcasing the band in their most raw form.

The archive represents a great set of previously unreleased recordings in the Lizzy catalogue. The collection has been brought together by trawling the BBC archives but also by inviting contributions from fans.

The BBC had a habit of wiping tapes after they were broadcast which has meant that some of the Corporation’s output has been lost forever. But thanks to fans recording broadcasts at home a couple of gems have been reclaimed here for this set.

This collection brings together a raft of sessions and live recordings from throughout the band’s career. Included also is a DVD of the band’s sought after appearances on Top Of The Pops and The Old Grey Whistle Test as well as concerts from throughout the band’s career. This is a first for the band as these recordings have never been available in one place before. The various versions include comprehensive notes by Classic Rock’s Malcolm Dome who tells the story of the band’s history at the BBC.

Fully supported and endorsed by the band – the current and original line ups – Thin Lizzy Live At The BBC is a triumphant collection of the defining moments of a truly seminal British rock act, as witnessed, broadcast and archived by the voice of the nation, the BBC.

The new album is released on November 7 and Lizzy are back on the road in January, playing the following UK dates:

01/19/2012                  Glasgow                                    Barrowlands

01/21/2012                  Newcastle                                    City Hall

01/23/2012                  Leicester                                    De Montfort Hall

01/24/2012                  York                                    Barbican

01/25/2012                  Cambridge                  Corn Exchange

01/27/2012                  Wolverhampton                  Civic Hall

01/28/2012                  Manchester                  02 Apollo

01/29/2012                  Sheffield                                    City Hall

01/31/2012                  Plymouth                                    Pavilions

02/01/2012                  Cardiff                                    St. David’s Hall

02/03/2012                  Brighton                                    Dome

02/04/2012                  London                                    HMV Hammersmith Apollo