Nazareth's fifth studio release saw Deep Purple's Roger Glover take the production controls again and Nazareth have made an album of diversity that you rarely hear from rock groups. You still get the hard rockers that you expect from the Dunfirmline quartet, but you also get some songs with great humour and maybe, just maybe the best ballad Nazareth have ever done. The opening track, Silver Dollar Forger sets the tone for this album, it certainly rocks hard but you also get the feeling that Nazareth was in the mood for experimentation. The song sounds like nothing you have heard before, but the boys pull it off nicely. Shanghai'd In Shanghai was the single from the album and it has Nazareth toning down the power slightly, probably in order to secure a bit more radio play; it didn't work but the song is still an excellent example of how a single can still have the hard rock sound without necessarily being a hard rock song. Glad When Your Gone and Jet Lag have humour in abundance, and all wrapped up in catchy fast paced tunes; they will fast become favourites from the album. Loved And Lost and Light My Way are ballads with another experimental flavour to them with Dan McCafferty going for the echoy vocal sound. The album closes with a cover of The Yardbirds song Shapes Of Things, a song that shows that nobody can cover a song better than Nazareth. It would have made a great single, but the record company opted for the more radio friendly option. One track still to mention is Sunshine, probably the best and most beautiful Nazareth ballad to date. This song is a big favourite in Canada to play at weddings. Dan McCafferty sings this song with such pain and anguish in his voice that it is impossible not to get caught up in the mood of the song and you may well find yourself getting a little misty-eyed towards the end - a truly beautiful song. The only thing that stops this album getting five stars is the fact that it's diversity slightly counts against it. It's not the full blooded rocker that Nazareth are famed for, but it can't be seen as a mellow album either. That shouldn't take away the fact that the heavy rock tracks are superb and the ballads are expertly done, but maybe the album needed slightly more of one style. This album remains a favourite amongst Nazareth fans and when you hear it you will know why. Nazareth have had a habit of making many other bigger selling bands sound very ordinary whilst never getting the success and credit they so richly deserve. Nazareth have the last laugh though; Thirty years after the release of this album and they are still going and pulling in big crowds at their live shows long after these 'bigger' bands have disbanded and their music forgotten. Keep it up boys.
agree with pikie1977 but this is album is one of their best because of that experimentation and diversity it should also be noted that guns n roses ripped of part of the guitar solo from patience of sunshine and that the intro to shanghai'd in shanghai sounds a lot like David Lee Roths yankee rose, actually guns n roses are what nazareth would have sounded like if they had came from America ;-)
When i was growing up i listened to Queen,Thin Lizzy,Status Quo and Pink Floyd,to name but a few.I had heard of Nazareth but did'nt know much about them,so lately i have got in to them in a big way and because it's kinda new to me its fresh.Rampant is the fifth album and is one of the best.The cd come's remastered and in a gatefold cover,in side there is an exstensive booklet with sleeve notes by Dan Mc Cafferty lead singer with the band.All in all a good package and an excellent album.
While not as immediate as its 2 predeccesors,this is a slow burner and worth sticking with,slightly darker,grittier production from Purple's Roger Glover,his 3rd and final outing,makes it less commercial sounding than the earlier releases.
Still you have a bona fide classic single in 'Shanghiad in Shangia', humour galore in 'Glad When Your Gone/Jet Lag',plaintive ballad/pop dripping with emotion on 'Loved and Lost' and 'Sunshine' while album opener 'Silver Dollar Forger' is classic heavy rock plain and simple,which leaves only the cover of 'Shapes of Things' which doesnt quite hit the spot for me.
Bonus tracks are 'Down' a b'side back in the day,good old fashioned heavy rock while the remainder is 7 live tracks from 1973 includin Razamanaz/Broken Down Angel and a superb Morning Dew.
Packaging excellent,superb digi pak with decent booklet,sound quality excellent ,although not too different to the Snapper classics release circa 2008.
This is the third album to have been produced by Roger Glover and I must say I really enjoy this album.Its a bit lighter in sound from the previous two albums Loud n Proud and Razamanaz but is still more than worth a place in your collection.The remastering on the album is good;note that there is a 2010 newly remaster edition from Salvo now available,I own Procol Harum albums on this label and there remastering is superb.On this Eagle remaster sound quality is of high standard.Extra tracks here include Shanghai;D Shanghai.US version.Cats Eyes Apple Pies and Shapes Of Things;single edit. I haven given Rampant 5 stars as it really is a good album and marks the end of an era with Roger Glover producing.Album begs to be played out and is a must for your Naz collection.Hope review is of some help.
I had this on vinyl when it first came out, and the bonus tracks on the C.D. are brilliant as well. Anyone wanting to listen to great space-rock try "Silver Dollar Forger" or "Shapes of Things/Space Safari"