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TURNING A NEW LEAF
on 18 October 2011
A very interesting Nazareth album,opening the 80's with a new sound,a smoother almost pop sound,no surprise really when you have Jeff Baxter at the helm(formerly of The Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan),Baxter's influence runs thru this disc.
Best tracks the 80's Quo like 'Holiday' a perfect album opener,the knife in the heart ballad 'Hearts Grown Cold',believe me if you've ever split from a loved one,those lyrics hurt,right to the bone,finally the class of the acoustic led 'Fallen Angel'
The rest well Baxters production tends to remove the rough edges of the likes of 'Turning a New Leaf/Showdown at the Border' and 'Ship of Dreams',making the sound not unlike latter day Doobie Brothers material,stick with it you'll love them.
The remaing tracks well not that great the likes of 'Big Boy' and 'Fast Cars' not really that impressive. Previously i would have given a 3 star rating but this Remaster has superior sound,superb Digi Pak packaging and decent booklet and most importantly 7 bonus live tracks including superb renditions of 'I want to do Everything For You'/Beggars Day/Expect No Mercy & Broken Down Angel.The live tracks are from Hammersmith 1980,the same source that provided the 4 track live ep from 1980 which adorned the previous 30th anniversary edition of this disc.So 4 stars for this edition