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This second album from Nazareth is a much more consistant offering than their debut album. The trademark Nazareth sound is still not quite there but you can hear a definate change in style from their debut recording and the songs are far better. The production of this album was handled by the great Roy Thomas Baker, the man responsible for some of Queen's earlier and better recordings, as well as more recently the brilliantly refreshing album by The Darkness, One Way Ticket To Hell...And Back. so you could see that Nazareth was definatley attracting talented interest even at this early stage of their career.
Many of the songs on this album have a more atmospheric and haunting feel to them; none more so then I Will Not Be Led, Love Now You're Gone and the fantastic history lesson in 1692 (Glen Coe Massacre). None of these songs can be described as hard rock, but they certainly have a rawness and bluesy feel about them, all trademark future Nazareth sounds. Other songs such as Cat's Eye Apple Pie and Fool About You have a nice little jingly acoustic sound to them and will probably have you singing along to them with a laconic smile on your face. Madelaine, Sad Song and In My Time are ballads with just enough quality and emotion to give you a flavour of what was to come in future releases. Also included on this album is the original version of Woke Up This Morning, a song which they took and reworked for their breakthrough Razamanaz album. This version will have many Naz fan's split as to which version they prefare; this version has a little more of an electric sound compared to the reworked version.
This album is usually overlooked both when it comes to compilations of Nazareth tracks and in the band's own live shows, but that may just be because of the different nature to the songs. Sure, they may sound a little bit dated as well, but they have stood the test of time much better than other groups offerings of the era. This album was only recieved in a luke walm manner at the time, but since Nazareth have grown in popularity, so has the demand for this album. The fans find it a nice little change from the normal sound you usually find with Nazareth, and new fans find it to be a well written easy listener that gives the flavour of Nazareth without throwing you in at the deep end. Whatever your standing on Nazareth, if you enjoy well crafted soft rock songs then you will find much to like about this album.