nazareth was having quite a run of sucess in the uk. They were getting popular in the u.s. but this one really broke them into superstardom which continued in the u.s. and canada etc for another 6 years after this one. This has the classic songs 'hair of the dog' and 'please don't judas me' and the HUGE HIT SINGLE 'love hurts' top five in the u.s , canada and japan. , this is a heavy rocker and fans were delighted to have this band tear it down. This one was a monster hit and the fact that there is only a few reviews shows how far the uk has sunk. after all the uk got this band first and they had a number of hit singles in the uk before this one. But sadly good music was replaced by half played punk then the even worse techno, how sad, how far can a great country sink musically? Oh well at least back then this one was a real biting hit and it deserved to be. There are around five different versions of this one out there with various bonus tracks. I have several versions and all of nazareths studio work up to the newz. So you could say I am a fan of this band. this one is still my favorite of this band.
Arguably the best album Nazareth ever produced,this is a band on top form,no longer the wee band from Scotland but a genuine superstar stadium rock band,how ironic that Scotland never caught on.
From the start its clear this is another step forward,Manny Charlton's production pulls forth every ounce of energy,the remaster sound quality superb(as was the previous reissue on snapper classics from 2008),like that issue this has superb digi pak and booklet plus 4 bonus studio cuts,this new release adds 5 live tracks from 1975.
Opening with the title track this is stadium rock at its finest,cowbell! give me more cowbell!,voice box,stuttering riff,tear out the throat singing,fantastic stuff,followed by the gargantaun Sabbath riff on 'Miss Misery' while Skynyrd would have been proud of the pickin' on 'Guilty' which just leaves the outstanding Zeppelin influenced 'Changin Times'(spot the zep riff).
Side 2 of the original album would have been hard pushed to emulate that foursome but it did,'Beggars Day' is stadium rock at its best whilst the Skynyrd southern pickin can be heard again on 'Whisky Drinkin Woman' before the epic 'Please Dont Judas Me' brought the original album to a close.This is a magnificent slab of rock and in truth doesnt really need any bonus tracks to enhance it but you get themm any way.
bonus tracks: 4 studio cuts including 3 singles(including Love Hurts) and a b'side,all excellent but wouldnt have fit on the original album without reducing the overall heavy rock persona.Also included are 5 live tracks including a superb version od Frank Zappa's 'Road Ladies'
Mnay fans will have you believe that 1979's 'No Mean City' is the bands heaviest,dont believe a word of it,its a fantastic disc in its own right but it aint heavier than this.If you only buy one Nazareth disc,make it this one(although you really need all of their 70's output from '73 thru '79 to appreciate just how great they were back in the day,the equal of most heavy rock bands of the era.
This album in my opinion is the best album from this great rock band.I have 14 Nazareth cds in my collection and while there all great and different Hair Of The Dog was the bench mark album from them.Every track is fantastic and the album rocks along at a tremendous pace.The remastering gives excellent sound quality and has been very well done.you must play this cd loud and just listen it will blow you away.A must buy for any music lover who likes to here good heavy rock being played by a great band.Highly recommend this album; There is now a newer 2010 remaster on the Salvo label,sound quality is fantastic,digi sleeve,crank up the volume.
A great CD featuring such tracks as Hair of the Dog, Love Hurts, Beggars Day, Miss Misery, Guilty and more. This album broke Naz in the States, and made them one of the big boys. The CD is very heavy for that era - it's not pop rock, AOR or soft rock (categories Naz themselves fell into in the 80's). It is hard rock/heavy metal, loud n proud. Buy this to hear a real band, who still tour and who still rock as hard as ever. I know cos I saw em March 2001 in Glasgow! Enjoy...
I came to Nazareth via the SNAZ live LP many moons ago and finally bought the studio version of many of their best songs. Even though it first came out many moons ago it still does the business. If you want a studio album, its this one. i think many people will see that this is an outstanding album and a must for real Rock collections.