NAZARETH — Hair Of The Dog (review)

NAZARETH — Hair Of The Dog album cover Album · 1975 · Hard Rock Buy this album from MMA partners
3.5/5 ·
J-Man
Nazareth had experienced some commercial success prior to 1975's Hair of the Dog, but this album marks the band's true breakthrough into the mainstream. With its infectiously groovy title track and well-known (and surprisingly enjoyable) ballad “Love Hurts”, their sixth observation received quite a bit of attention upon its release, and is retrospectively regarded as the Scottish hard rock band's quintessential album. Hair of the Dog is a 'classic' heavy rock release that clearly takes some cues from the likes of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Led Zeppelin, and although it doesn't strike me as a wholly original album, there are plenty of great blues-based riffs to be found throughout this record. For my money, Nazareth is not among the 'elite' seventies' hard rock acts, but Hair of the Dog proves that they are nothing to scoff at! This one is easily recommend to fans of heavy-edged blues rock and proto-metal.
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