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in the beginning...
on 15 August 2011
...there were two albums that didnt set the heather alight,so disappointing as it is i fully understand why the bands first two albums are issued in Salvo's superb remaster campaign as a 2 on 1 disc,completists will be disappointed as some b'sides etc are not included.
So what of this reissue ,well i've always quite liked Nazareths debut,is certainly of its time,the days when a Bass player would be quite high in the mix,thankfully this remaster has come with a superb sound,the Bass playing in particular outstanding.
Nazareth(1971) """" a decent debut with highlights such as 'Witchdocter Women' and 'Dear John',the former giving a early indication of where the bands sound would go while the latter a superb Quo like shuffle.Other moments to mention would be the superb lenghty cover of 'Morning Dew' whilst the bizarre vocal on 'Fatman' always brings a smile,'Country Girl' is a good old stab at country rock while 'I had a Dream' has a superb vocal from Dan.
Exercises (1972) ** After the promise shown on the debut,this is a disappointment,maybe the band lost confidence,panicked ,who knows but its probably the poorest disc they released,for the most part its directionless with a series of well played but uninspiring tracks such as 'In My Time','Called Her Name' while 'Sad Song' sums up the disc,very down not much joy.Highlights are few and far between but plus points for 'Cats Eye,Apple Pie' & 'Fool About You' whilst '1692(Glencoe Massacre' shows their prowess,all in all one to forget.