Rampant Original recording remastered
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180 grams audiophile vinyl / Gatefold sleeve / Bonus Track : 'Down' (b-side of 'Love Hurts' single)
About the Artist
Nazareth's second 1974 album 'Rampant' finds the group tempering the four-on-the-floor hard rock attack they developed on 'Loud and Proud' by working a surprising and effective Southern rock edge into the songs. The end result is an album that sounds like a 'early AC/DC meets Lynyrd Skynyrd at their hardest rocking'. Some of the country-tinged highlights include 'Glad When You're Gone' a funny kiss-off to an unwanted lover that airs hillbilly-styled singing with wah-wah-drenched guitar riffs, and 'Jet Lag', a tongue-in-cheek look at life as a touring rock & roller. However, the finest song in this vein is the powerful opener 'Silver Dollar Forger', which feels like the theme song to the great 1970's car chase movie that never was. This gatefold sleeved edition of the album contains the B-side to the 'Love Hurts' 7 inch single as a bonus. --This text refers to the Vinyl edition.
Top Customer Reviews
You still get the hard rockers that you expect from the Dunfirmline quartet, but you also get some songs with great humour and maybe, just maybe the best ballad Nazareth have ever done. The opening track, Silver Dollar Forger sets the tone for this album, it certainly rocks hard but you also get the feeling that Nazareth was in the mood for experimentation. The song sounds like nothing you have heard before, but the boys pull it off nicely. Shanghai'd In Shanghai was the single from the album and it has Nazareth toning down the power slightly, probably in order to secure a bit more radio play; it didn't work but the song is still an excellent example of how a single can still have the hard rock sound without necessarily being a hard rock song. Glad When Your Gone and Jet Lag have humour in abundance, and all wrapped up in catchy fast paced tunes; they will fast become favourites from the album. Loved And Lost and Light My Way are ballads with another experimental flavour to them with Dan McCafferty going for the echoy vocal sound. The album closes with a cover of The Yardbirds song Shapes Of Things, a song that shows that nobody can cover a song better than Nazareth. It would have made a great single, but the record company opted for the more radio friendly option. One track still to mention is Sunshine, probably the best and most beautiful Nazareth ballad to date. This song is a big favourite in Canada to play at weddings.Read more ›
Still you have a bona fide classic single in 'Shanghiad in Shangia', humour galore in 'Glad When Your Gone/Jet Lag',plaintive ballad/pop dripping with emotion on 'Loved and Lost' and 'Sunshine' while album opener 'Silver Dollar Forger' is classic heavy rock plain and simple,which leaves only the cover of 'Shapes of Things' which doesnt quite hit the spot for me.
Bonus tracks are 'Down' a b'side back in the day,good old fashioned heavy rock while the remainder is 7 live tracks from 1973 includin Razamanaz/Broken Down Angel and a superb Morning Dew.
Packaging excellent,superb digi pak with decent booklet,sound quality excellent ,although not too different to the Snapper classics release circa 2008.
well done again to salvo.
I haven given Rampant 5 stars as it really is a good album and marks the end of an era with Roger Glover producing.Album begs to be played out and is a must for your Naz collection.Hope review is of some help.
space-rock try "Silver Dollar Forger" or "Shapes of Things/Space Safari"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sixteen tracks with plenty of variety from this underrated band. Those were the days - they don't make 'em like that too often !Published 12 months ago by Janet O'Neill
Bought again on CD I have the original LP it's a great classic Album imo.Published 15 months ago by Colin O'Hare
Listening to it now after a few years, i'd forgotten how good an album this is. Have a listen and see where GnR's influences came from, especially Axel Foley.Published 20 months ago by M. Chisholm