The Fool Circle Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
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We recorded The Fool Circle at about the time that the Russians invaded Afghanistan, and it felt as if World War III was about to erupt. It all felt very weird at the time, and there are a quite a few references to the situation. It s the closest thing we ve ever done to a concept album, says Nazareth frontman Dan McCafferty about their 1981 LP. Despite this sense of unease, Nazareth weren t about to stop having fun or abandon their feel good sound, which hit a peak on their previous album, Malice In Wonderland (SALVOCD043). A major contributor to the laid-back grooves on Malice... was producer Jeff Baxter and he returned to produce the follow-up, dubbed The Fool Circle as a criticism of man s treatment of his fellow man. This idea was encapsulated by the album cover, which depicts a racehorse morphing into a dolphin. The idea, explains McCafferty, was that we d end up going back to the sea if we weren t careful! Just as he d done with Malice In Wonderland, Baxter gave Nazareth s new songs a mellow sheen that suited them perfectly. As bassist Pete Agnew recalls, There were a lot of different sounds on that LP. The Jeff Baxter albums come up an awful lot in conversation with our fans because there are some really good songs on them. Not least the European single Dressed To Kill. The half a dozen bonus tracks include the monumental Crazy (the Naz sound at its heaviest and most exciting), which was contributed to the soundtrack to the cult animated film Heavy Metal, and the double live EP from 1980 in its unedited entirety for the first time.
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Opening with another rocker 'Dressed To Kill',once again think early 80's Quo,superb little opener which along with 'Pop The Silo' & 'Victoria' are the most rockin this disc gets,three fantastic tracks which alongside the superb ballad 'Moonlight Eyes' are the best this album has to offer
The remainder could be classed as bland,inoffensive pop with only the bouncing bass led 'Let Me Be Your Leader/We Are The People' having any redeeeming qualities
This Remastered edition comes with 6 bonus tracks,the forgetable 'Morgantau' and outstanding 'Crazy' while the remaining 4 tracks make up the live ep from 1980 ,the sound quality surprisingly not as good as the live tracks from the same source found on Malice In Wonderland,so a rather mixed bag.
An ok disc but not one you will revist on a regular basis,the big surprise being why Victoria never became a regular feature in the live set
Just like Malice In Wonderland, this album opens up with a track (Dressed To Kill) that is not a true full blooded rocker, but it's catchy lyrics and memorable tune made it a big favourite with the fans and a feature in the live shows even to this day. What makes this album a little better than Malice In Wonderland is that the songs are still seemingly aimed at our American cousins, but they have also retained much more of Nazareth's classic sound. Another Year, Pop The Silo and We Are The People are as melodic as you would expect from an American group, but they have also retained a rawness to them which compliments the tracks surprisingly well. Let Me Be Your Leader, We Are The People and Little Part Of You are catchy fast paced numbers that will have you mincing up and down your livingroom floor. Two very nice surprises on this album has to be the Darrell Sweet composed tracks Every Young Man's Dream and Victoria; simple, singable and great fun, you would wonder why the late, great Darrell didn't do more solo writing and usually kept his writing credits to group writing. The big stand out track on Fool Circle Has to be the cover of J.J Cale's Cocaine. only ever heard in it's live version, Nazareth show that they are one of the very few groups that can take any song from any genre and turn it into a true Nazareth classic.
This album is better than Malice In Wonderland but when i reviewed that album i gave it the same three stars. That is because The Fool Circle still has the feeling of Nazareth doing something they are very good at, but not quite suited to.Read more ›
If you want heavy Naz albums you need to get Hair Of The Dog remastered and No Mean City remastered with Glagow born guitarist Zal Clemminson joining for the afore mentioned album,he also played on Malice In Wonderland not bad album but no where near the power of the other two albums.see my review on Hair Of The Dog.
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