on 12 November 2005
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.