Back to their core four-piece line-up at the end of 1983, Nazareth s next two albums, The Catch (1984) and Cinema (1986) were full-bodied, highly melodic and unpretentious rock fare, containing a characteristically accomplished blend of heavy rock, interesting cover versions and fine balladry. Loud, brash and full of vigour, both albums present a polished, widescreen sound with Dan McCafferty s superhuman vocals, Pete Agnew s bone-rattling bass and a highly varied guitar attack courtesy of Manny Charlton. Highlights are numerous, but it s particularly worth mentioning the meaty takes on Goffin and King s Road To Nowhere and the Rolling Stone s Ruby Tuesday, as well as the churning groove of Party Down and the vintage rock n roll-infused One From the Heart; a genuine four minute anthem. The rise of the classic rock scene - which is in some ways a euphemism for recognition on the part of the middle-aged rock audience that their music was pretty damn good back then, even if it wasn t cool - has contributed enormously to the rehabilitation of The Catch, Cinema and many other 80s guitar albums by bands that were, at that time, jostling for attention behind the more blow-dried, MTV-friendly likes of Bon Jovi and Whitesnake. Packaged together for the first time, we ve added nine bonus tracks including a commanding BBC session from October 1984. Although Nazareth s studio albums may have been produced with a mainstream radio audience in mind at this point in their career, the band s live performances had lost none of their awesome power. Nazareth s 16th and 17th albums (1984 and 1986) released together. Includes the singles Party Down, Ruby Tuesday, This Month s Messiah and Cinema plus a previously unreleased, 7-track BBC live session. Reamstered and packaged in a sturdy and stylish digipack. 16-page booklet includes comprehensive notes by respected rock scribe Joel McIver, rare photos and memorabilia.
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