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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 31 January 2015
Very surprised at the recording quality of this old recording, the songs you probably already know so I won't bang on about how good they are just that the recording is highly recommended . Fast delivery as always Amazon on prime.
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on 26 November 2010
I bought Razamanaz when I was a teenager but never got around to buying this album. I spotted an advert in a music magazine and thought it was time to buy it and I'm very glad I did. There are a couple of tracks I'm not so keen on, but tracks like 'This Flight Tonight' are of a very high standard of rock music that would not be out of place in current radio play.

The addition of four bonus tracks from a BBC session (all of which are brilliantly executed) plus crystal clear sound (don't be deterred if your PC doesn't make the samples sound good - the CD sound is excellent) and a great gatefold sleeve with booklet all make this an excellent addition to your rock collection. Manny Charlton is a criminally underated guitarist. Great quality and value for money.
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on 16 February 2013
Nazareth made some of the best hard rock /metal of the 1970's. This waa one of their better ones too, it has great songs on it like 'teenage nervous breakdown' which is cover from the late lowell george's "little feat' band. It also has the classic 'go down fighting' , the grinding 'ballad of hollis brown' and other great songs. It is a powerful cd filled with melody and trademark nazareth hooks and vocal stylings. It's like good scotch wiskey too, it just gets better with age!. There are several versions of this on cd with various bonus tracks. I have them aLl!. That's how high I place nazareth as a priority in my hard rock collection.
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on 3 December 2010
This is a classic early 70's rock album by arguably Scotlands foremost rock band of the era. This Flight Tonight is possibly the best known track but other rockers such as Not Fakin' It and Go Down Fightin' make this - the band's 4th album one of their best.
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on 14 December 2015
Classic 1970s rock album!!!
Every track is very good in its own way and on its original form
I E.. Only 8 tracks it was so concise and not a second wasted!!!
It's remastered sound is very good and improved but the bonus tracks
Detract from the original my humble opinion!!!!
Just play the first 7 tracks on a program play and experience it for yourself!!!!
I think it's their best album!!! And I have every one!!!
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on 25 January 2006
Produced by Deep Purple's Roger Glover and released on the back of thier breakthrough album Razamanaz, Loud 'N' Proud had a lot to live up to. it didn't quite live up to expectations, but taken on it's own merits it is still a very good album.
The album can't quite decide what direction it wanted to take. Go Down Fighting and Free Wheeler are typical Nazareth early seventies stormers, but are maybe not quite as good as what you would find on Razamanaz. Not Faking It, Turn On Your Reciever and teenage Nervous Breakdown are a little more mainstream rock minus the bluesy edge of the previous album. Child In The Sun is a ballad, but in all honesty it's a pretty weak offering from a group that would later pen some fantastic slow burners. This Flight Tonight was the big hit and a Nazareth classic and it certainly knocks the album up a notch. Closing with a Bob Dylan cover, The Ballad Of Hollis Brown is a strange choice as an album closer, but the song recieves the Nazareth treatment quite well.
In conclusion, the album was always going to be compared to Razamanaz and maybe that is a little unfair; most groups only produce a quality album like Razamanaz once in thier lifetime, and Nazareth have done it many times since. Loud 'N' Proud is not a weak album, and fans of well played, well sung seventies rock will lap it up, but it has become a victim of Nazareth's own high standards. It sounds a little dated now and if you are just on the road to collecting Nazareth, there are many later albums you should collect first. Still head and shoulders above most of the pretty-person-pop that pollutes our charts these days, but Nazareth have, and continue to do better.
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