Having being spoilt with the previous 4 reissues from Salvo,its a bit of a disappointment that this is a 2 on 1 issue rather than stand alone releases,having said that ,it is 2 fantastic albums at a superb price,as with the previous reissues its a superb package/booklet with outstanding sound quality,with both albums sounding superior to previous reissues i've heard.
Close Enough For Rock n Roll (1976) **** Essentially a transitional disc straddling the rock era of the earlier albums with a hint to the future more polished sound. Opening with another bona fide Nazareth rock classic 'Telegram',an epic that always,for me, conjures up images from the opening of Zeppelins Song Remains The Same movie,the band being summoned to another tour,I've always wondered if Naz' used it as an inspiration?
The album is a mixture of rock/boogie and aor with notable highlights being 'Home sick Again','Vancouver Shakedown' and 'Carry Out Feelings',given that so many styles are encompassed by this album its a testament to the bands talent that they carry it off with conviction.
Play 'N' The Game (1976) **** It would be fair to say the transformation to AOR was more keenly felt on this disc than any of the other 70's releases but as with The Doobie Brothers/Fleetwood Mac Nazareth made it a smooth one,benefitting greatly from the remaster,the bass in particular bounces from the speakers. Highlights are plenty such as the opening one /two of 'Somebody To Roll' & 'Down Home Girl' the former with lashings of guitar while the latter litterally struts out of the speakers.
You want a beautiful,haunting ballad,then listen to 'Flying', bit of funk? then turn up the volume for 'Waiting For The Man' and tell me that John Deacon didnt half inch this bass riff for 'another one bit the dust',bit of blues then warm to 'I Want to do everything for you',while the likes of 'L A Girls/Good Love' are just good time rock n roll.
PS did Blue Oyster Cult steal this albums cover for the 1977 Spectres disc? just a thought. enjoy 2 excellent albums by a truly underated band