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2XS / Sound Elixir - 2 Albums on 1 CD [Collector's Edition, Original recording remastered]

Nazareth Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Union Square Music Limited
  • ASIN: B004P8HKZ6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,953 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Love Leads to Madness
2. Boys in the Band
3. You Love Another
4. Gatecrash
5. Games
6. Back to the Trenches
7. Dream On
8. Lonely in the Night
9. Preservation
10. Take the Rap
11. Mexico
12. All Nite Radio
13. Milk & Honey
14. Whippin' Boy
15. Rain On the Window
16. Backroom Boys
17. Why Don't You Read the Book
18. I Ran
19. Rags to Riches
20. Local Still
See all 21 tracks on this disc

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CD Description

Released in 1982 and 1983 respectively, 2XS and Sound Elixir were focused primarily on the US market and as such took a more polished, melodic, AOR direction than had ever been the case on Nazareth albums before - with some success. Additional guitarist Billy Rankin certainly added a new edge to the song writing, although Nazareth had been making a living out of their own, trademark stomp for too long to change their style completely. Despite problems with their label behind the scenes, with 2XS Nazareth turned out an album with many high points, notably the US radio smash Love Leads To Madness and the massive single Dream On. The huge success of the latter meant that they were caught between two stools in song writing terms and took a more cautious, less aggressive approach on the follow up. Still, there is plenty of good material on Sound Elixir. All Nite Radio and I Ran took a funk-rock approach and the crystal-clear sound is a producer s dream, all liquid guitars and reverberating vocals. When Sound Elixir finds its feet here, it delivers in spades. Rags To Riches has a similar approach sleek 80s radio rock with textured guitars rather than riffs and it contrasts neatly with Local Still, a more aggressive boogie-based number in the Status Quo vein. The album closes with its most successful number, Where Are You Now, released as a single in Germany and one of the most memorable songs that Nazareth recorded in the 80s. Nazareth s 14th and 15th albums (1982 and 1983) released together on one disc. Features high class Naz rockers like Boys In the Band, Gatecrash and I Ran plus a fistful of classic ballads such as Love Leads To Madness, Where are You Now and Dream On. Remastered for the finest sound quality. Packaged in a stylish and sturdy wallet-style digipack. 16-page booklet includes comprehensive notes by respected rock scribe Joel McIver, rare photos and memorabilia.

Product Description

NAZARETH 2XS & Sound Elixir (2011 UK 21-track CD tri-fold digi-pack sleeve. This release pairs two early 80s albums by the legendary Scottish rockers. This copy is STILL SEALED and in MINT condition SALVOCD048)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good music from a great band. 6 April 2011
Yes i am biased, I do love everything this band have ever released going back to the debut "Nazareth" to the excellent "Razamanaz,No Mean City,Loud n Proud & Expect No Mercy" The one main difference with these 2 albums was that with 2XS the band were really looking at the aor American market & With Sound Elixir the album never realy got the release & promotion it deserved due to poor relations with the record company.Both offerings are worth investigation, Especially at such a good price.The strongest tracks for me are; Take The Rap & Love Leads To Madness,Games,Dream On(All singles on 2XS) & Whippin Boy,Rags To Riches & Local Still all taken off Sound Elixir.Go on give these a listen,A great band and always worth investigation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Nazareth! 3 Feb 2013
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Brilliant Scottish band , vastly under-rated in the 70's . Have a listen and hear what you have missed. Superb album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A different side to Naz 18 May 2014
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This double CD is a big surprise! You get a real variety of music, some tracks are what you would expect from Naz but others show how versatile they are. I have played it to death!
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