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Loud 'N' Proud
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on 17 June 2018
After the success of the barnstorming blues and Scotch whisky rock of earlier in the same year's "Razamanaz", Scottish rockers Nazareth were back with one of their hardest-rocking albums. Deep Purple's Roger Glover was the producer and there are some excellent, guitar-driven rockers on here.

"Go Down Fighting" is an absolute stonker of an opener and "Not Faking It" keeps up the heavy rock pressure. "Turn On Your Receiver" has a few twinges of country rock about it, but it still rocks. It is certainly no CSNY. Nazareth had the ability to turn a cover version into their own, copper-bottomed slice of credible hard rock. They do exactly that with Little Feat's "Teenage Nervous Breakdown" superbly with a riff-dminated version. Their cover of Joni Mitchell's "This Flight Tonight" turns the song into a rumbling, rhythmic rocker with a superb vocal from Dan McCafferty. It deservedly provided them with their third chart hit.

The highlight of the album, however, is the extended, menacing blues rock splendour that is their cover of Bob Dylan's tragically disturbing tale, "The Ballad Of Hollis Brown". Searing rock guitars swirl all around the powerful, threatening, foreboding drum beat as McCafferty tells of the father who takes the life of himself and all his children. One of the greatest ever Dylan covers, but one that is, unfortunately, rarely mentioned in such lists. "Child Of The Sun" is an acoustic-backed rock ballad with hints of Deep Purple, while "Free Wheeler" is another dollop of top notch blues rock.

Nazareth released three (possibly four) excellent mid-seventies rock albums. This is one of them.

PS - the four "BBC Sessions" live tracks on the latest remaster are excellent, as so many of the "BBC Sessions" cuts were, from many groups.
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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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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 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 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 12 February 2018
Good album from Dunferline's finest
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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 21 October 2017
Great Album , SCOTLAND FOREVER ! Classic Rock from an Awesome Band.
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on 9 May 2018
Good deal.
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