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You couldn’t invent the story of Nazareth if you tried. At their peak, the Dunfermline rock group were huge, selling vast quantities of albums and pulling in enormous crowds to their shows. By rights, when the group’s profile receded a little and they morphed into the highly respected club-level regulars that they are today, their reputation should have become tarnished – but ... Read more in Amazon's Nazareth Store

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  • Audio CD (10 Jun. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Eagle Rock
  • ASIN: B00005Y6RM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 297,532 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. I. Short on 5 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I love this album. It might sound a little odd but this is the only Nazareth album I own. It does sound very different to the other stuff I've heard by them but to be honest I prefer this material to their more well known songs. Hence, I do not own any of their other albums.

It's such a straight forward and refreshing album. The production is crisp and uncomplicated which matches the songs on here beautifully. Morning Dew is fantastic but I think Red Light Lady and The King Is Dead are my favourites.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kayas on 29 Jun. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This work of art from Nazareth creativity. Beautiful compositions force to come back to this album again and again. It is an example, when the first album of group, such successful!
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul on 31 Jan. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Nazareth released their first album way back in 1971 and it sounds nothing like the Nazareth we have all come to know and love. The problem arises because the Dunfirmline quartet seemed to have no idea on which musical direction to go in, so they tried for as many styles as possible in the 9 track running list.
The album is the home for a Nazareth classic in Morning Dew, but don't expect the fast paced version from Snaz or their Greatest Hits. This version is a track that has a very haunting appeal within it's several minutes long running time and a very catchy base line and vocals so powerful and tourtured that you will definatly find appealing. Another good track is the album opener, Witchdoctor Woman; this track is about as close as you will get to the Nazareth sound that you will be familiar with. gruff vocals, fast paced hard bluesy rock. The rest of the tracks can only be described as patchy at best. Dear John, Fat Man and Red Light Lady are not bad but the vocals sound uninspired and the music a little simple. Ballads such as Country Girl and I Had A Dream are quite nice in a simple sort of way, but compare them to Nazareth's future offerings and they simply don't stand up.
You can probably think of many groups who's first album could also be described as their best, but you can't say that about Nazareth, not by a long shot. Having said that, it is worth getting this album just to see for yourself how far Nazareth have come from their beginings. A couple of these songs are worth the purchase cost and maybe the other songs will be a better suit to your music tastes; after all music is a very personal choice and you should make up your own mind how weak or how strong this album is. In my humble opinion though, if you are collecting the music from Nazareth, the best bluesy rock group ever, then leave this album purchase until you have the others.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
THIS Is The One, Folks... 7 May 2005
By Josh H. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
My favorite hard rock band of all time. This is their masterful debut album that never gets the recognition it deserves. I love 'Hair Of The Dog' and their harder-rocking stuff. But for me, none of their other albums can match the diversity and intrigue of this one. In short, it's a masterpiece. It has a little of everything - country, boogie rock, hard rock, beautiful ballads and orchestrated epics. Say what you will, but I enjoy this much more than 'Led Zep 1', 'Black Sabbath' and possibly even 'Deep Purple In Rock'.

And 'Hair Of The Dog' fans, don't give me that "it's not a consistent album" mumbo jumbo because there are moments of musical brilliance on this album. Dan McCafferty's voice sounds NOTHING like it would in the future. He's so known for that gritty, raspy voice but he sounds like a completely different guy here.

The hard rocker "Witchdoctor Woman" is a devastating opener, full of killer fuzz guitar and McCafferty's overwhelming vocal power (especially at the end). The solo part is awesome too, listen to the way the guitar scorches while the bass is thumping away like a mastodon. Obviously, they had been listening to what Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Uriah Heep did the previous year.

"Dear John" is pure piano boogie rock. Awesome song.

"Empty Arms, Empty Heart" has a phenomenal riff that should definitely be on any list of greatest guitar riffs. But few people know about this album so I guess that will never happen.

"I Had A Dream" is beautiful. Dan McCafferty can adapt his voice to practically any style of music, and this proves it. Listen to this song and you'll be thinking "this can't be the same guy who sang 'Hair Of The Dog' and 'Razamanaz'". But it is! What a lovely vocal melody and soothing harmonium.

"Red Light Lady" is interesting. Starts out simple enough as a kick-ass rock tune, then slows down and goes into a weird orchestral part. Unique, definitely.

Speaking of unique, how about "Fat Man"? Killer riff with some weird, distorted vocals. Man, these guys just had a plethora of ideas. Chronicling a day in the life of an unpopular fat guy.

"Country Girl" is a marvelous country ballad with great slide guitar from Manny. Dan sings beautifully.

"Morning Dew" is THE masterpiece on this album, and in my book, one of the top 5 greatest songs the band ever did. Yeah, you can keep your radio tunes and hit singles, but this song is Nazareth's Mona Lisa. Definitely the best version of this song ever made, it even blows away the Jeff Beck Group's version. The intro is priceless, with a pounding bass line being driven into your brain, before some brilliant, spooky guitar effects come into play (love the way Manny uses echo here). And here's Dan adapting his voice once again, starting out peaceful and smooth before exploding into full-fledged rock 'n roll as the rest of the band explodes with him. Simply priceless.

"The King Is Dead" is a chilling tale of anarchy, complete with string accompaniment. This one can really haunt you to death, with Dan's whispery vocals and Manny's beautiful acoustic guitar.

The b-side "Friends" is included here and it's a real treat. Yet another country-styled acoustic ballad that really is wonderful. This is about as far from 'Hair Of The Dog' as you can get! Anyway, it's a nice, relaxing little ditty about relaxation. Has funny lyrics too ("Roll yourself a joint, friend...Empty your head, friend"). Great stuff.

The alternate versions of the original songs are pretty pointless, but they take nothing away from the musical mastery of this great, forgotten album.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Morning Dew 7 May 2005
By louis farmer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Their debut album, very bluesy-hard rock. A 7 minute excellent version of morning dew is a must for Nazareth fans. The whole album is strong and worth picking up. If you enjoyed Rampant,Hair of the dog & loud 'n'proud you'll get your money's worth.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
what a start 21 Sept. 2007
By B. E Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Someone once told me Nazareth's first album is a good example of a lost, forgotten hard rock classic. He was right! The songwriting right from the very beginning of their career was top notch stuff. I can't think of a single weak point on the entire album. When a band starts off THIS strongly on their first album, that usually means they will go on to have a successful career. That stands true for Nazareth.

"Witchdoctor Woman" is the best way to open a hard rock album (and a bands career for that matter). Just a snappy little slice of hard rock. "Dear John" is another highlight in terms of great songwriting. "Morning Dew" has a quiet, exciting build-up. Good stuff all around. I love the chorus in "Red Light Lady" (repeatedly singing the line "I fell in love with that lady"). "Country Girl" is awesome. Just a really solid debut for a legendary rock band. There needs to be more people out there familiar with this album, that's for sure.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Nazareth - self-titled (Eagle Rock) 30 Dec. 2005
By Mike Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Originally released in 1971, as this was Nazareth's debut record. Problem is I assumed I knew 'of' most, if not all of their material. I simply don't remember this album at all. Decent hard rock effort from the Scottish ensemble, though. Tunes I found somewhat inspiring were the heavy "Witchdoctor", the boogie tune "Dear John", the nicely done "I Had A Dream", "Red Light Lady" and "Country Girl". Too bad Nazareth never really got off the ground (at least in the US) such as other like bands of that same era-Deep Purple, Grand Funk Railroad, Foghat and Uriah Heep did. I've heard several patrons mention that before. Worth checking out.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Unknown Album 2 Oct. 2008
By JDD - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is Nazereth's first LP and probably unknown to a lot of people. Saw these guys in 1974 opening for Buddy Miles and Deep Purple. They played most of this album and blew everyone away with "Morning Dew". A DJ, Rick Shayne, played these tracks a lot on the local radio station. I like this album a lot and it's really not the type of music they wound up playing when they were popular. Good music.
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