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The Fool Circle Extra tracks, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (2 Aug. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Union Square Music Limited
  • ASIN: B003L2YUGY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,572 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Dressed to Kill
  2. Another Year
  3. Moonlight Eyes
  4. Pop the Silo
  5. Let Me Be Your Leader
  6. We Are the People
  7. Every Young Man's Dream
  8. Little Part of You
  9. Cocaine
  10. Victoria
  11. Morgantau
  12. Crazy (A Suitable Case for Treatment)
  13. Razamanaz
  14. Heart's Grown Cold
  15. Talkin' to One of the Boys
  16. Hair of the Dog

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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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By Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Essentially a companion album to 1980's MALICE IN WONDERLAND,once again produced by Jeff Baxter,it pretty much follows the blueprint for the previous release.

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
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As with Uriah Heap, I prefer Nazareth's lighter side since Dan McCafferty has a really sweet voice in the lower register. This album has much less of the screaming you get on No Mean City or Hair of the Dog and more melodic tunes. One of my favourite Naz albums. Buy it!
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The Fool Circle was the follow up album to the slightly A.O.R experimental Malice In Wonderland recording and it continues in a the same theme albeit in a slightly lesser extent.
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.
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By AJ on 17 Oct. 2008
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Very good album from Nazareth and note this edition is remastered and gives excellent sound quality.While the album is not as heavy as Hair Of The Dog or No Mean City there are plenty of strong songs on the album to get into.Feel this was Nazareths anti nuclear contribution,listen to the words on Pop The Silo and you will see what I mean.Great songs also include Morning Dew you get German version as well as one of the bonus tracks and the terrific Victoria a real rocking number that will have you cranking up the volume and practicing your air guitar.This album seems to be overlooked by a lot of fans as not being a typical Naz rocker but as said there are plenty of strong songs here for you to crank up and enjoy.
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.
Hope review is of help,please check out my other reviews you might find something of interest.Cheers.
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Their previous release 'malice in wonderland' is a true classic rock cd. This one however seemed lacking punch in many ways. It's a average naz release and coming after 8 great ones it's easy to see some steam go out of the group. Their next one 2xs is a much better release even if it's more new wavy. I like this one and I actually own 2 different copies of this on cd. (for the bonus tracks which are different) but it's a very average release from this great band. I have all of this bands releases and that's alot. In fact their new one 'big dogz' is outstanding! this one is not bad, I liked alot of their 80's output actually but it's just lacking in great songs, the songs here though are good , better than some hard rock bands releases for sure. I just wouldn't rate it any higher than 'no jive' probably. Completists like me have it but hard rock fans may want to get this one after you get their 72-80 output.
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