4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 5 June 2009
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 June 2012
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!
2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 31 January 2006
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.