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The return of Nazareth.. the rock band...4.5 stars
on 30 May 2012
At long last Nazareth,the rock band returns,this double pack wipes away the wasted 80's,guitars to the fore,drums pounding and crucially great songs,the fire was back.
disc 1 MOVE ME (1994) What a disc,11 prime rock tracks,8 solely penned by lead guitarist Billy Rankin,its hard to believe he prefer NO JIVE over this disc.From the moment 'Let Me Be Your Dog' swaggers out of the speakers,all sass and b*lls,you know this is going to be good,the Hard rock of 'Cant Shake These Shakes' just confirms the point while the Aerosmith tinged 'Crack me Up' just rams the point home.So it continues,the title track majestic ,various slow burners such as 'Demon Alcohol' and 'Steamroller' will eventually burrow into your mind,while the melancholy lyric of 'Burning Down is plain beautiful.
Bonus tracks ..5 the rock orchestra version of 'Love Hurts,in my humble opinion,the definitive version,while 3 acoustic unplugged tracks 'Razamanaz/My White Bicycle and This Flight Tonight,make you wish for a full album ,only the last bonus track failing to deliver,a rather unneccesary instrumental version of 'Love Hurts. Its criminal when you think of the sales of ,say Aerosmiths 'Get A Grip from 1993,this is superior in everY department,yet totally overlooked.A superb album 4.5 stars
Disc 2 BOOGALOO (1998) 4 years after MOVE ME, this is a perfect follow up,another hard rock masterpiece,sadly Daryl Sweet's final album its a fine tribute.With Jimmy Murrison now on board,the band rocked as if their lives depended on it.From the struttin hard rock of 'Light Come Down',the piano fuelled boogie of 'Cheerleader',or the Aerosmith raunch of 'Loverman' or the Stones grind of 'Open Up Woman',this disc delivers in spades,Other highlights would be another Aerosmith tinged,funky bass led 'Party In The Kremlin,or the blues of 'God Save The South',you'll smile from start to finish whilst 'May Heaven Keep You' allows Dan his moment with another heartfelt,emotive vocal,a tremendous album from start to finish.
bonus tracks ...2 average tracks,which dont push too hard to get on the original disc,nothing special. another 4.5 stars.
A must purchase set,Nazareth were back,these two albums were the foundations for the superb future releases THE NEWZ & BIG DOGZ