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4.8 out of 5 stars
Loud 'N' Proud
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on 9 May 2017
My favourite Naz album. Still look on this like the old worn out vinyl one, as an album of 2 sides, almost 2 albums in one (omitting the extras here for now). The first side opens up with the great "Go Down Fighting" a fast hard rockin' track. Next comes Not Faking It, always loved this track and its use of infamous people and descriptions. Turn On Your Reciever is slower than the previous 2, but is still good and hard. Teenage Nervous Breakdown is the highlight of "Side 1" for me, great fast really hard rocking track. Freewheeler closes out the first side, a slower track, possibly more mellow, but still a great listen. Side 2 contains 3 totally different tracks, all of which are the highlights of the album. This Flight Tonight, an almost unrecognisable cover of Joni Mitchell's original. The band really make this song their own. Child In The Sun, a fantastic melodic song, with great harmonies, it really is beautiful, and the way this track ends and goes into the thumping drum that opens The Ballad Of Hollis Brown is pure genious. I connect these two songs together as one, to me me you can't listen to Child without going into Hollis Brown straight afterwards. Hollis Brown, a Dylan cover, totally unrecognisable as such though. This is an expressive, dark, doom laden track, telling the story of a mans mindset that leads to killing his family and himself. The "fuzz" bass lends itself to this morbid track brilliantly, and the phased drum part is just genious.
This is Nazareth at their very best. There are no fillers here. Oh yeah, you also get 4 bonus tracks all taken from a BBC session.
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Like most people I was introduced to Scotland's finest rock band by way of their kick-ass 7" single "Bad Bad Boy" when it first hit the UK airwaves in July 1973 (it capitalized on their 3rd album released in March of that year - the blisteringly good "Razamanaz"). "Loud 'N' Proud" was their follow up LP and like its predecessor, it had plenty of Seventies rock swagger to recommend it. Here are the hairy-assed details…

UK released February 2010 on CD - Salvo Records SALVOCD 033 (Barcode 698458813329) breaks down as follows (51:09 minutes):

1. Go Down Fighting
2. Not Faking It
3. Turn On Your Receiver
4. Teenage Nervous Breakdown
5. Freewheeler [Side 2]
6. This Flight Tonight
7. Child In The Sun
8. The Ballad Of Hollis Brown
Tracks 1 to 8 are the album "Loud 'N' Proud" released November 1973 in the UK on Mooncrest Records CREST 4 and March 1974 on A&M Records SP-3609 in the USA. As with "Razamanaz", it featured the same band line-up (Dan McCafferty on Lead Vocals, Manny Charlton on Guitars & Vocals, Pete Agnew on Bass & Vocals and Darrell Sweet on Drums & Vocals) with ROGER GLOVER of DEEP PURPLE fame producing the album to great effect.

Tracks 9 to 12 are "Turn On Your Receiver", "Too Bad Too Sad", "Razamanaz" and "Bad Bad Boy" - BBC SESSIONS recorded live-in-the-studio for The BOB HARRIS Show on the UK's Radio 1 - first broadcast 13 August 1973.

Each of these Salvo 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 original UK LP artwork and live shots from the period (the disc is 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 European picture sleeves, a USA A&M white-label promo of "This Flight Tonight", centred by a black and white snap of the band looking suitably liquored up on the steps of a snazzy jet - all of it very nicely done.

But the really big news for the fans (as it is on the other Salvo CDs) 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.

As a follow-up album, "Loud 'N' Proud" had a lot to live up to - and the general consensus is that it only 'kind-of' delivered. It was a rushed effort. Three of its songs were cover versions - "Teenage Nervous Breakdown" by Little Feat, "This Flight Tonight" by Joni Mitchell (lyrics above and a hit single) and "The Ballad Of Hollis Brown" by Bob Dylan. That left only 5 originals dashed off in only 1 week in the studio. Yet "Turn On Your Receiver" and the funky guitar workout of "Freewheeler" were cracking great rock tracks and still are. The speedy "Not Faking It" is typically catchy rocking Nazareth fare, while the slow "Child In The Sun" stretched the band out across is its bluesy length. Overall - it was good album rather than a great one.

The BBC stuff is fantastic though - rough and rocking, but still 'so' tight - the band were clearly on fire and had truly found their boogie stride. They make for genuinely superb extra tracks. A great reissue then of a good Seventies rock album and it's cheap too. Recommended...

PS: This is the 3rd title in Salvo's UK reissue of Nazareth's back catalogue - "Nazareth and Exercises" (their first and second albums on 1CD) is their first, "Razamanaz" is their second - each is reviewed separately
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VINE VOICEon 22 November 2011
What else do you want from a rock band? None of the five original songs were hits and there are three covers, but this is a blazing album of largely fast, pounding, straight-ahead hard rock. The first four tracks are breathtaking, especially 'Not Faking It', which has more energy than anything else recorded in this genre and era, apart from maybe Status Quo's 'Paper Plane'. 'Turn On Your Receiver' is also a highlight; it suggests how The Beatles, or at least Paul McCartney, might have sounded had they/him gone down the hard rock route.

None of the covers sound much like the originals; 'Teenage Nervous Breakdown' is the closest, but far more manic than Little Feat's version. 'Hollis Brown', which comes from an early Dylan album, is virtually unrecognisable, drenched in fuzz bass and a primeval beat which suggests that Nazareth eventually forgot where the song came from. Nothing needs to be said about the wonderful hit, 'This Flight Tonight'.

'Child In The Sun' is the only slow track. It's OK, but out of keeping with the overall feel of the album. 'Loud 'N' Proud' is an example of what a solid unit can achieve when the members play for each other. This is highlighted by Manny Charlton's occasional soloing: it isn't his best point. With four good BBC session tracks augmenting the album, this is a superb disc.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 15 August 2011
I must admit i have a soft spot for this album,often ignored when discussing Nazareths best 70's discs,it really is worth reinvestigating,like the other Salvo remasters this has a superb digipak/booklet,to my ears the sound quality is superior to my other copy,the 30th anniversary issue on Eagle,this reissue really scores high with the addition of 4 BBC in session cuts.

The original album got off to a flyer with the superb 'Go Down Fighting','Not Fakin It','Turn On Your Reciever' and a classy cover of 'Teenage Nervous Breakdown,possibly the finest opening to any Nazareth disc,whilst the excellent 'Freewheeler' and hit single 'This Flight Tonight' kept the party going,only the last two tracks 'Child in the Sun' and the strange cover of Dylans '.....Hollis Brown' bringing the pace down.
Bonus tracks 4 more BBC sessions from '73, 'Turn On Your Receiver','Too Bad Too Sad','Razamanaz' and 'Bad Bad Boy',all showing how far the band had come,heavier in the flesh than on disc.
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on 23 January 2016
A fine Nazareth album, the first one I ever owned, this being my 4th purchase of it. Highlights are This Flight Tonight, Turn On Your Receiver and Teenage Nervous Breakdown but all songs are good. The only drawback with this remaster is the inclusion of the Live bonus tracks which to my mind are unnecessary.
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on 21 October 2017
Great Album , SCOTLAND FOREVER ! Classic Rock from an Awesome Band.
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on 12 February 2018
Good album from Dunferline's finest
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on 13 June 2017
Five stars. Classic Naz
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on 16 April 2017
Old classic from scottish band.
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on 7 June 2016
A really classic rock album from the 70s. Excellent sound from the great musicians.
I like this scottish band more than whiskey.
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