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Rock N Roll as it should be
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.