NAZARETH

Hard Rock / Non-Metal • United Kingdom
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Nazareth are a Scottish hard rock band, founded in 1968, that had several hits in the United Kingdom in the early 1970s, and established an international audience with their 1975 album Hair of the Dog. Perhaps their best-known hit single was a cover of the ballad Love Hurts, in 1975. The band continues to record and tour.

History

Nazareth formed in December 1968 in Dunfermline, Scotland, from the remaining members of semi-professional local group The Shadettes (formed in 1961) by vocalist Dan McCafferty, guitarist Manny Charlton (ex Mark V and The Red Hawks), bassist Pete Agnew, and drummer Darrell Sweet. They were inspired by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Nazareth took their name from Nazareth, Pennsylvania, which is cited in the first line of The Band's classic song The Weight (I pulled into Nazareth / Was feelin' about half past dead...). Nazareth's cover version of Java Blues by The Band's bassist/singer
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NAZARETH albums / top albums

NAZARETH Nazareth album cover 3.38 | 13 ratings
Nazareth
Hard Rock 1971
NAZARETH Exercises album cover 3.21 | 13 ratings
Exercises
Non-Metal 1972
NAZARETH Razamanaz album cover 3.85 | 19 ratings
Razamanaz
Hard Rock 1973
NAZARETH Loud 'N' Proud album cover 3.72 | 14 ratings
Loud 'N' Proud
Hard Rock 1973
NAZARETH Rampant album cover 3.40 | 13 ratings
Rampant
Hard Rock 1974
NAZARETH Hair Of The Dog album cover 3.99 | 24 ratings
Hair Of The Dog
Hard Rock 1975
NAZARETH Close Enough For Rock 'N' Roll album cover 3.86 | 10 ratings
Close Enough For Rock 'N' Roll
Hard Rock 1976
NAZARETH Play 'N' The Game album cover 3.39 | 10 ratings
Play 'N' The Game
Hard Rock 1976
NAZARETH Expect No Mercy album cover 3.39 | 15 ratings
Expect No Mercy
Hard Rock 1977
NAZARETH No Mean City album cover 3.80 | 14 ratings
No Mean City
Hard Rock 1978
NAZARETH Malice In Wonderland album cover 3.73 | 9 ratings
Malice In Wonderland
Hard Rock 1980
NAZARETH The Fool Circle album cover 3.09 | 7 ratings
The Fool Circle
Hard Rock 1980
NAZARETH 2 X S album cover 3.54 | 8 ratings
2 X S
Hard Rock 1982
NAZARETH Sound Elixir album cover 2.62 | 8 ratings
Sound Elixir
Hard Rock 1983
NAZARETH The Catch album cover 2.45 | 7 ratings
The Catch
Hard Rock 1984
NAZARETH Cinema album cover 2.40 | 6 ratings
Cinema
Hard Rock 1986
NAZARETH Snakes 'N' Ladders album cover 2.95 | 7 ratings
Snakes 'N' Ladders
Hard Rock 1989
NAZARETH No Jive album cover 2.70 | 6 ratings
No Jive
Hard Rock 1991
NAZARETH Move Me album cover 2.65 | 6 ratings
Move Me
Hard Rock 1994
NAZARETH Boogaloo album cover 2.85 | 6 ratings
Boogaloo
Hard Rock 1998
NAZARETH The Newz album cover 3.68 | 7 ratings
The Newz
Hard Rock 2008
NAZARETH Big Dogz album cover 2.78 | 7 ratings
Big Dogz
Hard Rock 2011
NAZARETH Rock 'N' Roll Telephone album cover 3.00 | 3 ratings
Rock 'N' Roll Telephone
Hard Rock 2014
NAZARETH Tattooed On My Brain album cover 2.92 | 2 ratings
Tattooed On My Brain
Hard Rock 2018

NAZARETH EPs & splits

NAZARETH Rampant album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Rampant
Hard Rock 1975
NAZARETH Hair Of The Dog album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Hair Of The Dog
Hard Rock 1975
NAZARETH Hot Tracks album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Hot Tracks
Hard Rock 1977
NAZARETH Live album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Live
Hard Rock 1980

NAZARETH live albums

NAZARETH Snaz album cover 4.12 | 4 ratings
Snaz
Hard Rock 1981
NAZARETH BBC Radio 1: Live In Concert album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
BBC Radio 1: Live In Concert
Hard Rock 1991
NAZARETH At The Beeb album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
At The Beeb
Hard Rock 1998
NAZARETH Back To The Trenches: Live 1972-1984 album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Back To The Trenches: Live 1972-1984
Hard Rock 2001
NAZARETH Homecoming album cover 2.67 | 3 ratings
Homecoming
Hard Rock 2001
NAZARETH Alive & Kicking album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Alive & Kicking
Hard Rock 2003
NAZARETH The River Sessions album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
The River Sessions
Hard Rock 2004
NAZARETH Live In Brazil album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Live In Brazil
Hard Rock 2007

NAZARETH demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

NAZARETH re-issues & compilations

NAZARETH Reflection: Rock Angels album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Reflection: Rock Angels
Hard Rock 1973
NAZARETH Greatest Hits album cover 3.43 | 3 ratings
Greatest Hits
Hard Rock 1975
NAZARETH Hot Tracks album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hot Tracks
Hard Rock 1977
NAZARETH Love Hurts album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Love Hurts
Hard Rock 1980
NAZARETH The Very Very Best Of Nazareth album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Very Very Best Of Nazareth
Hard Rock 1984
NAZARETH Classics Volume 16 album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Classics Volume 16
Hard Rock 1987
NAZARETH Anthology album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Anthology
Hard Rock 1988
NAZARETH Milestones album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Milestones
Hard Rock 1989
NAZARETH The Ballad Album album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
The Ballad Album
Hard Rock 1989
NAZARETH The Ballad Album Vol. II album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Ballad Album Vol. II
Hard Rock 1990
NAZARETH The Best Of album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best Of
Hard Rock 1990
NAZARETH Anthology (1991) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Anthology (1991)
Hard Rock 1991
NAZARETH The Early Years album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Early Years
Hard Rock 1991
NAZARETH Rock Ballads album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rock Ballads
Hard Rock 1993
NAZARETH From The Vaults album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
From The Vaults
Hard Rock 1993
NAZARETH The Gold Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Gold Collection
Hard Rock 1994
NAZARETH The Ballads album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Ballads
Hard Rock 1994
NAZARETH Rock & Pop Legends album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rock & Pop Legends
Hard Rock 1995
NAZARETH Greatest Hits (1996) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Greatest Hits (1996)
Hard Rock 1996
NAZARETH Greatest Hits Volume II album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Greatest Hits Volume II
Hard Rock 1998
NAZARETH The Very Best Of album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Very Best Of
Hard Rock 2001
NAZARETH Maximum XS: The Essential Nazareth album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Maximum XS: The Essential Nazareth
Hard Rock 2004
NAZARETH All Gold Of The World album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
All Gold Of The World
Hard Rock 2004
NAZARETH Razamanaz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Razamanaz
Hard Rock 2004
NAZARETH Free Wheeler album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Free Wheeler
Hard Rock 2004
NAZARETH Animals album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Animals
Hard Rock 2005
NAZARETH Golden Hits album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Golden Hits
Hard Rock 2005
NAZARETH Road To Nowhere album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Road To Nowhere
Hard Rock 2005
NAZARETH Bad Bad Boys: The Best Of Nazareth album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bad Bad Boys: The Best Of Nazareth
Hard Rock 2005
NAZARETH Complete Singles Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Complete Singles Collection
Hard Rock 2005
NAZARETH The Singles Collection (Music Sessions) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Singles Collection (Music Sessions)
Hard Rock 2005
NAZARETH The Singles Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Singles Collection
Hard Rock 2005
NAZARETH The Very Best Of Nazareth (2006) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Very Best Of Nazareth (2006)
Hard Rock 2006
NAZARETH Love Hurts (2007) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Love Hurts (2007)
Hard Rock 2007
NAZARETH The Anthology album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
The Anthology
Hard Rock 2009
NAZARETH The Singles album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Singles
Hard Rock 2012

NAZARETH singles (52)

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Broken Down Angel
Hard Rock 1972
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Morning Dew
Hard Rock 1972
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Dear John
Hard Rock 1972
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Hard Living
Hard Rock 1972
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2.00 | 1 ratings
If You See My Baby
Hard Rock 1972
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Love Hurts / This Flight Tonight
Hard Rock 1973
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2.00 | 1 ratings
This Flight Tonight / Shanghai'd In Shanghai
Hard Rock 1973
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2.00 | 1 ratings
This Flight Tonight / Go Down Fighting
Hard Rock 1973
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2.00 | 1 ratings
This Flight Tonight
Hard Rock 1973
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Bad Bad Boy
Hard Rock 1973
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Go Down Fighting
Hard Rock 1973
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Shanghai'd In Shanghai / Sunshine
Hard Rock 1974
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Love Hurts
Hard Rock 1974
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Shanghai'd In Shanghai
Hard Rock 1974
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Glad That You're Gone
Hard Rock 1974
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Holy Roller
Hard Rock 1975
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Love Hurts / Hair Of The Dog
Hard Rock 1975
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2.00 | 1 ratings
My White Bicycle
Hard Rock 1975
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Hair Of The Dog
Hard Rock 1975
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2.00 | 1 ratings
I Don't Want To Go On Without You
Hard Rock 1976
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2.00 | 1 ratings
You're The Violin
Hard Rock 1976
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Carry Out Feelings
Hard Rock 1976
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Love Hurts / Holly Roller
Hard Rock 1976
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Place In Your Heart
Hard Rock 1977
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Shot Me Down
Hard Rock 1977
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Gone Dead Train
Hard Rock 1977
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Want You To Be Mine
Hard Rock 1978
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2.00 | 1 ratings
May The Sunshine
Hard Rock 1978
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Holiday
Hard Rock 1979
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2.00 | 1 ratings
May The Sunshine (Top Tracks)
Hard Rock 1979
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Whatever You Want Babe
Hard Rock 1979
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Star
Hard Rock 1979
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Dressed To Kill
Hard Rock 1980
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Holiday / Talkin' About Love
Hard Rock 1980
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Victoria
Hard Rock 1980
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Big Boy
Hard Rock 1980
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Hearts Grown Cold
Hard Rock 1980
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Moonlight Eyes
Hard Rock 1981
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Dream On
Hard Rock 1982
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Love Leads To Madness
Hard Rock 1982
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Where Are You Now
Hard Rock 1983
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Games
Hard Rock 1983
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Party Down
Hard Rock 1984
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Ruby Tuesday
Hard Rock 1984
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Cinema
Hard Rock 1986
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3.50 | 2 ratings
Piece Of My Heart
Hard Rock 1989
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Winner On The Night
Hard Rock 1989
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Every Time It Rains
Hard Rock 1991
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Tell Me That You Love Me
Hard Rock 1992
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Move Me
Hard Rock 1994
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2.00 | 1 ratings
Love Hurts (Rock Orchestra Version)
Hard Rock 1994
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2.00 | 1 ratings
God Of The Mountain
Hard Rock 2012

NAZARETH movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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Naza' Live
Hard Rock 1980
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Live In Texas
Hard Rock 1981
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Razamanaz: Live From London
Hard Rock 1985
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Homecoming: Greatest Hits Live In Glasgow
Hard Rock 2002
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From The Beginning
Hard Rock 2005
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Live From Classic T Stage
Hard Rock 2005
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Live In Brazil
Hard Rock 2007

NAZARETH Reviews

NAZARETH Tattooed On My Brain

Album · 2018 · Hard Rock
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Kev Rowland
When I was young we used to have a record store in town, and in a glass frame on the wall they would put their record of the week. I can clearly remember seeing ‘Razamanaz’ there for the first time and wondering who could deliver a cover with that much power, and then I heard the title cut and it all became clear. With Dan McCafferty gargling broken glass and whisky, Darrell Sweet bashing the skins, Pete Agnew on bass and Manny Charlton riffing, the proud sons of Dunfermline could do no ill in my mind or ears. Criminally overlooked, their live album ‘Snaz’ (when the line-up had expanded to include second guitarist Billy Rankin and keyboard player John Locke) is still one of the very greatest in-concert albums ever released. Manny left in 1990, with Billy stepping into the shoes before Jimmy Murrison came onboard in 1994, and Darrell died far too young (51) from a heart attack, being replaced by none other than Pete’s son Lee. From 2002 – 2013 the quartet of McCafferty, Agnew, Agnew and Morrison continued to tour and record, but then the bombshell that McCafferty had to retire due to ill health. Given that Dan joined Pete in Shadettes (the name changed to Nazareth in 1969) back in 1965, it was quite a shock, so what next?

After a false start with singer Linton Osborne, the band are now back with Carl Sentence (Persian Risk) centre stage, and a new album for their new label. It’s a solid album, plenty of bottom end, plenty of hard riffs, but is it Nazareth? Well, those who have been buying their recent releases have put it into the charts in Austria and Switzerland, but there has been little or no success in the UK, US or Canada (which used to be a main market) for more than 35 years, and there is little here to suggest it was going to be a breakthrough. It is a nice album, yet there is little here in terms of hooks or anthems for fans to get their teeth into. However, Nazareth are not a band who survive on record sales, it is all about putting bums on seats, and while I am sure they will play a few songs from this on their 50th Anniversary tour, people will want to hear “Holiday”, “Dressed To Kill”, “Hair of the Dog”, “Razmanaz”, “This Flight Tonight”, “Telegram” and of course “Love Hurts”. Sentence isn’t McCafferty, so they will sound different to what people expect, but given that there isn’t anyone who can sound like Dan it is good that the band have moved away to someone who can certainly sing, but isn’t quite as gruff and raw.

Solid, fun, but not a touch on what they were doing in the Seventies.

NAZARETH No Mean City

Album · 1978 · Hard Rock
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voila_la_scorie
Having been on top of the game for good hard rocking music in the mid-seventies, Nazareth were looking for new direction as they removed some of the heaviness and went more for a blues sound with more feeling. By "Expect No Mercy" there was little left of the hard and heavy sound that had reached its apogee with 1975's "Hair of the Dog".

Then a curious development occurred. The four-piece Scottish band added a fifth member, guitarist Zal Cleminson. With an extra six strings and ten fingers on board, Nazareth went and recorded one of their hardest rockers and perhaps their grittiest album in their catalogue. The fantasy cover, a muscle-bound, green-skinned, skull-faced creature in armour, clutching sinister razor knives walking among stone ruins, certainly looks metal. The previous album also featured a fantasy-type scene of warriors in battle but was lighter and more diverse in sound. "No Mean City", while including the catchy country rock "May the Sun Shine" and the ballad "Star" as well as the melodic yet cantering "Whatever You Want Babe", is about 60% sneering, growling, nail-chewing, and rusty saw vocals with some solid heavy rock guitar and fast-paced, hard boogie rock.

One of my personal favourites has always been the medium tempo, slightly heavy prog track "Simple Solution". The song is mean and has groove. Catch the harmonized guitars before the song title is barked out in Dan McCafferty's trademark raw-throated vocal. The opening track, "Just to Get into It" is a gravelly and abrasive, speedy rocker. And while "Star" may not match "Love Hurts", it's a soothing ballad that doesn't seem out of place on the otherwise phlegm-spitting album.

After the soothing ballad, side two knocks us awake with the heavy-pounding rhythm of "Claim to Fame". "What gives ya this crazy thought that you can talk to mah womaaaahn?" challenges McCafferty. The guitar solo is a simple and melodic one as in "Love Hurts" but this time has an ominous feel to it as if McCafferty's mind is about to snap with rage.

Though very melodious and catchy, a great sing-a-long song, "Whatever You Want Babe" has some enjoyable guitar work. Then it's time to get back to business with another clenched-fist number, "What's in It for Me?" The drums have an almost tribal feel to them, and Manny Charlton delivers lots of slide guitar.

The album closer is the two-part title track, which I'll admit has never been a favourite of mine, though I can see the band working once more in slightly progressive territory, going beyond the standard hard rock number. It begins with a fairly standard hard/heavy rock style, one guitar delivering the simple riff while the second provides lots of background soloing. In the middle is where the band develop the darker image of the story. "Call off your dogs cuz I am no fox," McCafferty demands with a shredding vocal that surely must have inspired Brian Johnson. Coming back to this song after a long time, I appreciate it much more now.

In my grade ten year, the year that "Cinema" was released, Nazareth was my favourite band and I had all 16 studio albums (as of 1986) on cassette. When I began buying Nazareth CDs, "No Mean City" was one of the first albums to add to my collection, and to date only a few Nazareth albums have made it. Not that I don't want most of the others, but there is simply too much good music out there to track down.

One of Nazareth's harder/heavier albums and a surprise album in their late seventies / early eighties catalogue as they did little else as heavy during this time. And an awesome album cover!

NAZARETH Nazareth

Album · 1971 · Hard Rock
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voila_la_scorie
Forget that this band became one of the lead hard rock acts of the 1970's. Forget hits like Razamanaz, Turn on Your Receiver, Hair of the Dog, and Love Hurts. Instead, think back to 1971 when guitar-driven hard rock was being churned out of the record company mills in copious quantities of which few bands would survive after their debut if it ever even got released. Jerusalem, Necromandus, T.2., Stray, and dozens of others hit the record store shelves (or almost did), and Nazareth were at the time, just another band to release a debut.

According to the notes in the CD reissue (coupled with "Exercises"), the band were not all that interested in releasing an album but decided to make the trip from Scotland to London and see what would come out of it. The opening track, "Witchdoctor Woman", is very typical of the music of the day. It's a simple heavy rocker doing everything you'd expect from a British proto-metal band that leaned more towards hard rock than heavy metal. Throw it on a compilation of other early 70's bands like Sir Lord Baltimore, Sainte Anthony's Fyre, and Dust and it blends right in.

Next up is the piano rocker, "Dear John". The record company had so much faith that this song would be a hit that they released it three times as a single. It never did make the big smash though. More interesting in my books is the next tune, "Empty Arms, Empty Heart". This almost goes into heavy prog territory with some nice tempo and rhythm changes while returning to the heavy guitar rock sound.

"I Had a Dream" is a typical slow song of the day, but "Red Light Lady Parts 1 & 2" show the band exercising more interesting creativity. Part 1 is a suspense-mood setting number with the band in building-to-a-climax rock mode. Part 2 brings in a whole orchestra for a very dramatic conclusion to the song.

Side 2 opens with the humorous heavy blues rocker, "Fat Man", and vocalist Dan McCafferty singing in an affected deep rough-edged voice, presumably to create the image of a fat man, perhaps akin to Fat Albert in a white, Scottish kind of way. We are next treated to a country ballad called, "Country Girl" with some pretty soloing courtesy of Manny Charlton. Unfortunately, I feel McCafferty sounds rather weak in his attempt to sing a sad ode to some chick from the boondocks.

Things get interesting again, however, with the band's take on "Morning Dew", an anti-war song cover. Bassist Pete Agnew keeps his fingers moving steadily throughout the whole song, which is built over a galloping bass line. The song is eerie and haunting at times, and rocks out nice and heavy once it gets into the thick of the intensity. Along with "Witchdoctor Woman" and "Empty Arms, Empty Heart" we are looking at a fine example of early 70's heavy guitar rock.

The album concludes with the orchestra-backed "King is Dead". Once again we have very dramatic music here and I am wondering how this band managed to get an orchestra on at least two of the tracks on their debut. If you have the two-albums-on-one-disc reissue that I have, then it's interesting to hear the first song off "Exercises" follow this because "I Will Not Be Led" also features a string orchestra. Perhaps "King is Dead" might have been a good song for Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow to rework. I can imagine Ronnie James Dio singing this one.

I was a huge Nazareth fan in junior high, which was around the time, "Cinema" was released. Though I had my favourite albums, I always liked at least half of this album here. It is primitive Nazareth just getting a feel for stretching their skills in song writing and studio recording. The next album would be a real puzzler and odd-one-out in the Nazareth catalogue. But for an early 70's proto-metal album, this one holds up alright in places.

NAZARETH Hair Of The Dog

Album · 1975 · Hard Rock
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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.

NAZARETH Hair Of The Dog

Album · 1975 · Hard Rock
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My grade ten year was the year I was totally hooked on Nazareth. I used to write their band logo on the classroom chalkboards. It was also the year that the TV movie "Jesus of Nazareth" was aired, so some students thought I was into that movie.

I acquired all sixteen Nazareth albums on cassette (from the debut in '72 to the latest release at the time, "Cinema") and they were stacked by my bed, next to my stereo cassette player. There was something to love on every album, but honestly it was the heavy Nazareth I liked best. And for me, this album has always been the heaviest. Never mind the well-known title track, "Hair of the Dog", "Miss Misery" is one of the band's heaviest, if not the heaviest, song they've ever recorded. It's a monster in the Nazareth catalogue. And how about Dan McCafferty's vocals? He was always a rough-voiced singer like Brian Johnson of AC/DC but on this album he sounds like he's ready to rip meat off a wolf kill.

My cassette did not include the original track, "Guilty" but instead had the classic cover of "Love Hurts" with that simple yet beautiful solo (did Manny Charlton only pick the string once?) done by bending the string. But the next song, "Changin' Times" is for me the highlight of the album. A song in two parts, it's an absolute killer heavy rock number with such a heavy chorus. The band seem to be pushing heaviness here and with success. The second part of the song is a ride down a highway in a convertible with a jaunty rock rhythm and a guitar solo to make you soar. The two parts contrast beautifully and each on its own is fantastically executed. My all-time favourite Nazareth song!

Side 2 keeps the heavy guitar but "Beggar's Day" is too repetitious. It is released into "Rose in the Heather" which is a very pretty instrumental with a pleasantly buzzing distortion on the lead guitar. I believe there is some synthesizer here as well to add to the atmosphere. A short but lovely piece of music.

"Whiskey Drinkin' Woman" is more in the flavour of their previous album, "Rampant": very blues-based but still leaning to the heavy side at times.

The closing track keeps Nazareth's tradition over the last three albums of having a lengthy song running over 8 minutes. "Please Don't Judas Me" might be a bit long and drawn out for some but I always loved the slow build to the song and the powerful melancholic melody with the serious snare drum and moody guitar solo carrying the song to its conclusion. There's a very sombre and heavy atmosphere here.

I was very glad to get the reissue with the bonus tracks, particularly "My White Bicycle" because I always liked that song from the "Greatest Hits" album but I never bought the album because I had almost all of the songs on the albums.

My Nazareth CD collection is not nearly so full as my cassette collection was. I have a triple CD compilation and a three or four albums on CD. "Hair of the Dog" is by far, for me, the essential Nazareth album to get. It is heavy, it rocks, and the band would never do another album quite like it, though "No Mean City" was at least in the same ballpark. If you are into heavy 70's rock then this is an album not to be missed. Definitely worth looking into. That coming from me, anyway.

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