Razamanaz is Nazareth's third studio album and the one that brought the distintive bluesy sound of the Scottish quartet to the masses. The two albums before this one, Nazareth's self titled debut and Exercises are good albums in their own right, but are a totally different sound to this recording. Razamanaz concentrates on what Nazareth do best; dirty, bluesy workman like rock, and i doubt that many can do it better.
From the bombastic opening of the track Razamanaz through to the pop single chart debut of Broken Down Angel, you will find something here for all. Tracks 1, 2, 4, 6 and 8 are true foot stomping rockers unlike anything else of it's time. Bad Bad Boy, another top ten single, and Too Bad Too Sad in particular contains a sense of humour so often ignored by other hard rock acts. Track 3 is a cover of a Woody Guthrie song, Vigilante Man, and it is sung with such pain and anguish that you will want to fall to your knees and weep. Track 5, Night Woman is a song that Nazareth usually do as an encore in their live shows, and you will seldom find a better drum opening than on this track. This was also the first album in which Roger Glover (ex Deep Purple) did the production, and his pedigree in such music shines through like a beacon in the improved sound from their previous albums.
This was the first album which Nazareth showed the world what they can do, and the fact that they have produced albums of the same quality as Razamanaz for over 30 years, shows that no-one realloy does it better.