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Razamanaz
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VINE VOICEHALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERon 12 January 2010
Like most people I was introduced to Scotland's finest rock band by way of their kick-ass single "Bad Bad Boy" when it first hit the airwaves in July 1973. I quickly nipped out to Pat Egan's Sound Cellar in Dublin and nabbed the album too - the fabarooney "Razamanaz" - and I've loved them both ever since.

This is the 2nd title in Salvo's UK reissue of Nazareth's back catalogue. "Nazareth and Exercises" – the band’s first and second British albums from 1971 and 1972 – have been put onto one CD in September 2009 also and it's reviewed separately as is "Loud 'N Proud". Here are the down and dirty CD reissue details for their breakthrough 3rd album - a classic Seventies Hard Rock record that some see as their very best...

UK released September 2009 – "Razamanaz" by NAZARETH on Salvo SALVOCD031 (Barcode 0698458813121) is an 'Expanded Edition' CD Remaster with Six Bonus Tracks that breaks down as follows (59:22 minutes):

1. Razamanaz [Side 1]
2. Alcatraz
3. Vigilante Man
4. Woke Up This Morning
5. Night Woman [Side 2]
6. Bad Bad Boy
7. Sold My Soul
8. Too Bad Too Sad
Tracks 1 to 9 are their third studio album "Razamanaz" - released May 1973 in the UK on Mooncrest Records CREST 1 and August 1973 in the USA on A&M Records SP-4396. Produced by ROGER GLOVER of DEEP PURPLE – the album peaked at No. 11 on the UK charts and No. 158 in the USA.

BONUS TRACKS:
10. Hard Living
11. Spinning Top
Tracks 10 and 11 are the 2 non-album B-sides to "Bad Bad Boy" – a UK 7" single issued on Mooncrest MOON 9 in July 1973 (peaked at No. 10).

12. Razamanaz
13. Night Woman
14. Broken Down Angel
15. Vigilante Man
Tracks 12 to 15 recorded live-in-the-studio in March 1973 for The Bob Harris Radio Show on the BBC

Each of these UK issues comes in a tri-gatefold card sleeve with the 'Loud, Proud & Remastered' logo on the front cover. When folded out, you get a repro of the gatefold artwork of the original UK LP and live shots from the period (the disc in the right flap, the booklet in the left). The 16-page colour booklet is superb, liner notes by band expert JOEL McIVER, pictures of rare UK 7" singles, Euro picture sleeves, US white-label promos, black and white snaps of the band in studio and on stage - all very nicely done.

But the really big news for the fans (as it is on the 1st Salvo CD) is the fantastic new SOUND. TIM TURAN at Turan Audio has remastered the original tapes and a truly fabulous job has been done - loud, clear, and ballsy - without ever being overbearing.

Highlights - the moment the sheer speed and riffage of Manny Charlton's guitar work on "Razamanaz" hits you, you know you're in for a head's down ride. It's followed by the first of 2 covers on the album - "Alcatraz" first turned up on Leon Russell's debut album for A&M in 1971 "Leon Russell & The Shelter People" and it's funky rock backdrop suited both the band and McCafferty's rasping vocals. Just as good is the second cover - their version of Woody Guthrie's "Vigilante Man" which owes more to Ry Cooder's take on his 1972 "Into The Purple Valley" album that they'd be listening to. Then comes the absolutely blistering "Woke Up This Morning" which they'd tried on their second album "Exercises" but didn't quite get there. Here they do - it ends Side One on a blast of great rock boogie.

Side 2 opens with the drums of another funky rocker "Night Woman" sounding not unlike Bad Company at their best. The breakthrough single "Bad Bad Boy" follows which to this day sounds brill, while "Sold My Soul" sounds like Robin Trower circa "Bridge Of Sighs". Then it's back to rocking basics with the wildly catchy "Too Bad To Sad" and then ends with the other huge hit single - and some say their best track - "Broken Down Angel". Downsides - there's an "Alternate Edit" of "Razamanaz" on the 2001 remaster that could easily have been fit on here, but no show?

The BBC stuff sounds suitably rough and rocking, but still as tight as a Nun's knickers in the Vatican. It's presented in really great sound quality - the bass work of Pete Agnew on "Night Woman" is superlative. Even the quiet slide intro to "Vigilante Man" is not too drenched in hiss - then the echoed vocals impress - then they let rip...fab stuff!

A stonkin' reissue of a great rock album then - and it's cheap too. Frankly they can razzle my naz any day of the week…
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 15 August 2011
This is a fantastic disc,chock full of memorable tracks with a ballsy production(courtesy of Purple's Roger Glover),Nazareth had arrived,in all honesty there isnt a bad track on the original album 8 classic tracks including two superb singles 'Bad Bad Boy' & 'Broken Down Angel',2 glorious singalong anthems,while the likes of 'Woke Up This Morning'(previously tried on EXERCISES) is a standout with a riff that out Quo's Quo and the Bass driven 'Night Woman' just rocks.Throw in a couple of inspired covers 'Alcatraz' and 'Vigilante Man' and you cant go wrong.

This remaster comes with a superb digipak and booklet and contains 6 bonus tracks,as follows, 'Hard Livin' & 'Spinning Top' were on the previous remasters and are two typical 70's rockers,so the main reason for purchasing this issue was the 4 in session recordings for the BBC(Razamanaz,Night Woman,Broken Down Angel and Vigilante Man),the in session tracks are excellent showing the band were tight live,Night Woman' being particulary good.

A 5 star release,another tip of the hat to Salvo,a job well done.
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on 30 January 2013
This was the first album I ever bought back in 1973 as a snotty little 11 year old. Remember being impressed by the explosive title track and the singe 'bad bad boy' but didn't appreciate the slide guitar and blues riffs of the rest of the tracks at such a tender age. As it was so cheap on Amazon I decided to add it to my wish list recently and got it for Christmas. It really has stood the test of time and begs the question why Nazareth never made it as big as the likes of Bad Company, Free or even the Who. Recommended purchase. You won't be disappointed.
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on 21 October 2017
This is my favourite Album , my best songs for me on this album are as follows,
Bad Bad Boy
Broken Down Angel
Vigilante Man
all thou love all the songs on this album aswell.
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on 19 September 2017
Excellent recording when it was first released and stands the test of time.
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on 14 February 2018
My first ever vinyl LP in 1973. So good to hear it loud n proud
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on 14 August 2017
So glad I bought this album - had it on vinyl many years ago . I heard one of the tracks on the radio & decided to buy the CD. Brings back lots of memories & forgot how amazing this album is! :)
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on 13 June 2017
Perfect. Classic album from Naz.
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on 31 October 2010
A classic album of its genre by a superb band. 70's heavy rock at its best; no doubt at all, every track is a killer. From the "cheesegrater" voclas of Dan McCafferty to the outstanding slide & lead guitar of Manny Charlton, the bass lines and riffs of Pete Agnew (Night Woman especially), and the teriffic drums of the late Darryl Sweet, an almost faultless album.
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on 31 May 2017
Great
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