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As good as Frampton Comes Alive & Lizzy's Live and Dangerous,
This review is from: Snaz (Audio CD)
Frampton Comes Alive is probably the greatest live release ever; Thin Lizzy's Live and Dangerous is close behind. This Nazareth live offering should be mentioned right up there with the best of them.
Recorded in Vancouver, Canada in 1981, this show captures Nazareth on the back of some of thier finest albums to date. Albums such as Razamanaz, Hair Of The Dog and Expect No Mercy are sampled in the live set, along with some surprising choices from such lesser known albums like Malice In Wonderland and The Fool Circle. Disappointingly nothing is lifted from thier storming album No Mean City, but you can't have everything with jam on! What you have in this album is a group playing at the peak of thier form and working the crowd like old pro's; this is vintage Nazareth who have stopped trying to be fashionable (not that they ever really tried anyway) and just concentrate on doing what they do best - and i doubt anybody does it better.
From the storming familiar opening of Telegram pts 1-3 you know what you are going to get don't you? Well prepare to be surprised. Tracks such as Telegram, Razamanaz, This Flight Tonight and Hair Of The Dog prove that the boys can rock with anybody and come out on top. The songwriting is better than AC/DCs and the sound is certainly more mature; squealing guitars are replaced with a more effective melodic sound seldom heard from hard rock groups. Tracks such as java Blues, Holiday and Dressed To kill will have you cranking up the volume and singing along at the top of your voice. Tracks like Heart's Grown Cold and love Hurts will have you holding your cigarette lighters aloft and weeping gently in the corner of your room. Round all this off with a fantastic cover of ZZ Top's Tush to close the album and you will be left sweaty, panting and gagging for more.
What sets this live album apart is the sheer diversity of the songs, but all the songs are played flawlessly. The sound is crystal clear with just enough crowd noise to avoid drowning out the music and as usual, Dan McCafferty proves to us all that he has the greatest rock voice on the face of the planet. If you have frampton Comes Alive and Lizzy's Live and Dangerous, then you really should have Snaz as well. If you don't have any of them then pick up a copy of Snaz anyway, you will not regret it.