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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is Nazareth's breakthrough album also their best?, 15 Nov 2005
This review is from: Razamanaz (Audio CD)
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.

Close Enough For Rock 'n' Roll
Close Enough For Rock 'n' Roll

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Close enough for a Nazareth fan., 14 Nov 2005
Nazareth's 6th studio release was a little different from what came before. You still have the same quality music and amazing vocals courtesy of Dan McCafferty, but everything seem a little more studio produced rather than sounding raw and live like the albums Hair Of The Dog or Razamanaz. This is certainly not a bad thing and the music on offer still sounds superior to a lot of similar offerings, but fans of a more 'live' sound will not like it quite as much.
The disc opens with Telegram (a song split into 4 parts, each with it's own sub-title). This track was the live opener for Nazareth concerts for years to come. From the raucous opening track you progress onto a beautiful guitar-led instrumental and then on to a song about being homesick. Nazareth are relentless tourers so you can guess where the insparation for that song came from. The songs after that are a mixture of fast paced rockers and sing-a-long melodic rock.
This album is not as heavy as Hair Of The Dog or as A.O.R as Sound Elixr, but nestles quite nicely in between the two. If you don't like your music as heavy as AC/DC but like a bit more oomph than Status Quo, then this album is for you.

Expect No Mercy
Expect No Mercy

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expect no weak watered down pop rock., 14 Nov 2005
This review is from: Expect No Mercy (Audio CD)
This album was a watershed in Nazareth's career. This album is the pinpoint where Nazareth found their niche and was able to channel all of their best qualities into albums. The first album to show Nazareth's perfected brand is this one, Expect No Mercy.
Nazareth have always been at their best when they consentrate on hard bluesy rock, storming power ballads and tear-jerking weepies. This album has it all. When you insert the c.d into your music system, make sure the volume is cranked down because the opening track starts with a real bang. The tracks Gimmie What's Mine, Kentucky Fried Blues and New York Broken Toy really give the album a dirty, bluesy edge that was not quite so prominant in past releases and this will appeal to the American fans amongst us. Gone Dead Train is littered with double entaundrers, whilst Shot Me Down, Busted and Place In Your Heart will have you singing in the shower. This brings you up to the final track (on the original album listing), All The Kings Horses will have you weeping gently into your nightime cup of cocoa.
All in all, not many Nazareth fans will tell you that this album is not their most favourite Nazareth album, but most will nonetheless have the album in the top 5. If bluesy, dirty, stripped down rock in the style of early AC/DC is your cup of Earl Grey then pick yourself up a copy of this.

Hair of the Dog
Hair of the Dog
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This dog will never be put to sleep., 14 Nov 2005
This review is from: Hair of the Dog (Audio CD)
What can you say about an album that has acchieved perfection? I could trot out the usual cliches about great vocal deliveries and powerful music. I could tell you about songs of such high quality that it makes most similar bands output seem like a Joe Pasquale sing-a-long. I could even salavate about the high production value of this great album. But what would be the point? All you need to know about this album is that it rocks...and it rocks hard!!!

Move me (1994)
Move me (1994)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Proof that there is still life in the old dogs., 12 Nov 2005
This review is from: Move me (1994) (Audio CD)
How often has it happened that your favourite band of the 70's fails to live up to expectations through the 80's and then releases a load of old tosh in the 90's? You only have to see some of these groups live to realise that most of their set is exclusivly taken from their 70's offerings. Not only did Nazareth release some superior albums in the 80's, this album from 1994 proves to be one of their strongest albums ever.
Billy Rankin was on board in this album and he does most of the writing. The result is a Nazareth album with a fresh modern sound, showing that the group was not afraid to move with the times. Guitars are more evident on this record and songs such as You Had It Comin' and the superb Steamroller are the heaviest Nazareth records released. Along with catchy songs like Let Me Be Your Dog and Can't Shake Those Shakes, you will find such emotional ballads like Move Me and Burning Down (which also appeared on a Meat Loaf album). Included on this record you will also find a rock opera version of Love Hurts that will guarentee to have you singing at the top of your voice.
Dan McCafferty sounds better that ever on this disc and with Rankin's help the music sounds fresh and revitalised. This was the last album to feature Rankin, some confusion still remains as to whether he quit or was sacked, and it was also the last album to feature founder and drummer Darrell Sweet who sadly died in 2003. Both men have left a very good album carrying their names though and it proves that Nazareth are far from a spent force even after more than 30 years of recording. True musicians.

Sound Elixir
Sound Elixir

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album should have been hugh!!!!, 12 Nov 2005
This review is from: Sound Elixir (Audio CD)
When you think of Bon Jovi you think of the album Slippery When Wet, when you think of E.L.O you think of the album Out Of The Blue. When you think of Nazareth you do NOT think of the album Sound Elixr, and that is a travisty.
Recorded in 1983, Nazareth's 14th studio album never recieved an official U.K release due to a record label dispute and this undoubtedly cost Nazareth a hugh ammount of success with this record. Billy Rankin was brought into the band for this album and just like other Nazareth albums featuring Rankin (No Jive and Move Me), he proves to be insparational in giving a new edge to the songwriting. Certainly for this record Nazareth moved away from the bluesy rock of their previous releases and went for a more A.O.R approach; they pulled it off brilliantly.
Tracks like All Nite Radio and Rain On The Window could have been penned in a sleasy smoke filled bar in New York, while the stunning vocals on Whippin' Boy and Where Are You Now will just take your breath away. Mix it all up with tracks such as the amusing Local Still and the seemingly autobiographal Back Room Boys and you have an album of such quality that you will wonder how it never sold millions or won awards. If Led Zepplin or Deep Purple had done this album, it would have been a hugh seller.
Dunfirmline's finest should have had a big hit on their hands with this one if circumstances hadn't conspired against them, but this album will still be in some demand long after bigger selling albums are confined to the bargain bin in supermarkets. Don't take my word for it though, get yourself a copy and see what you've been missing.
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No Mean City
No Mean City

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard rock at it's very best., 12 Nov 2005
This review is from: No Mean City (Audio CD)
Eight tracks long and a running time of around 40 minutes; the way a 70's rock album should be...and they don't come much better than this one.
The first track sets the tone, sqeeling guitars, thundering drums, catchy bass and a vocal delivery that will have you reaching for the Strepsals. Dan McCafferty has been mentioned as a great influence by singers such as Axl Rose and Danny Bowes, and you can hear why.
Tracks 1,3,5,7 and 8 are rockers that stand up to anything the so called supergroups of today have churned out. They would sound in place on a Metallica album, but Nazareth seem to do it with more class and restrain which really allows the vocals to stand out, where other lesser vocalists would be drowned out by such bombastic music.
Tracks 2,4 and 6 are more melodic. May The Sunshine is a great power ballad that Bon Jovi would be proud of, whereas Star is a real emotional ballad which you could easily picture R.E.O Speedwagon or Chicago tackling.
Every track could have been a single and would have stormed up the charts if they had been sung by a more 'fasionable' group. In particular, check out Simple Solutions and No Mean City; they are rockers that blow many 'bigger bands' away.
Without a weak track among the playlist, if you are looking for a classic sounding hard rock offering from the 70's, you will not be able to do much better than this.

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