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4.7 out of 5 stars
The Naz Box
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 21 September 2011
If as it would appear Salvo's Nazareth reissue campaign is coming to a close then they've chosen to go out on a high,this is a superb box set combining hit singles,album tracks,outakes,demos and live recordings,spread over 4 discs.

CD'S 1 & 2 Cover the studio output,with disc 1 covering the 70's and disc 2 the unenviable task of the 80's thru to present,all the hits are here 'Broken Down Angel,Bad Bad Boy,My White Bicycle,Love Hurts,This Flight Tonight etc with some choice album cuts,although most classic album cuts show up on the live discs,also included are the b'side 'Friends and non album single 'If You See My Baby'.

CD'S 3 & 4 are where the real interest begins,CD 3 contains live tracks from 1972/73 and 75 and although the publicity blurb states their all previously unreleased,im sure several of the 1972/73 tracks were on the BBC IN CONCERT LIVE disc released in the 90's.No matter its a fantastic collection including a 'Turn on your Reciever' jingle i'd never heard and outstanding live tracks such a 10 minute version of the Allman Brothers 'Black Hearted Woman' from 1972,a monstrous 'Woke Up This Morning/Boogie' from '73 and several excelent tracks from '75 including 3 songs from Dan's solo album played by the band alongside quite superlative versions of 'Changing Times' & 'Guilty',incidently the rest of the 1975 live session appears on the reissued 'Hair of the Dog ' disc.

If you thought that was good wait til you hear disc 4,opening with 6 tracks live from 1977 including a thundering 'Telegram' and a super heavy 'Born to Love' before presenting us with some unreleased demos/outakes,the best being 2 unreleased tracks from 72/73 'Paper Sun and Storm Warning' the latter absolutely superb and a mystery as to why it never made it,while the rest mostly from the 2xs/Sound Elixir and Snakes and Ladders discs throw in some curveballs including cover versions of ABBA'S 'S O S' and CREAM'S 'Sunshine Of Your Love' which although come from two extremes of the music genre's are both expertly done and highlight the versatility of Nazareth and why they are such a great band.

So in conclusion,although not a definitive collection(their are a few b'sides missing i believe) its a fine collection(if your a casual buyer you may want to start with the ANTHOLOGY 2 disc set first),for the die hards its a must buy.

Sound Quality is superb,the early live tracks can be a bit rough and ready,thats to be expected,as with the previous remasters Tim Turan has done a marvelous job

The packaging is pretty good, a hard back 'book' type cover,the cd holding tray slightly different to what i've seen before,bit flimsy could be quite easily broken and the cd's on the LHS side have a tendency to fall out when opening,indeed all 4 discs were loose when the package arrived.The book is a decent read,fairly informative although not a exhaustive detailed history,if you have already purchased the remasters then a fair amount of the essay and pictures will already be familiar.

At this price its a bargain and well worth investing in,hats of to Salvo for a superb reissue campaign(if your reading this how about reissuing Dan's solo albums?)
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on 13 March 2018
Contrary to one of my fellow reviewers, I do not have a problem with the sound on this excellent box set. I find it exceptionally good - big, full, bassy and blissfully LOUD!! It's NAZARETH for Heaven's sake. Play them loud or don't play them at all.

Regarding the selections on here, it is a career-spanning compilation using about three tracks from each of Nazareth's many albums. Great stuff it is too. The hits are all here - "Broken Down Angel"; "Bad Bad Boy"; "This Flight Tonight"; "Shanghai'd In Shanghai"; "My White Bicycle" and "Love Hurts". Plus iconic album tracks like "Razamanaz"; "Woke Up This Morning; "Go Down Fighting" and "Hair Of The Dog".

Of interest to me, (as I already owned the albums) is the live material - from London's Paris Theatre in 1972, 1973 and 1975 (the later including some of Dan McCafferty's solo material - "The Honky Tonk Downstairs" and "Watcha Gonna Do About It" - and then BBC "Sight And Sound" live cuts from 1977. Nazareth could play live. By God could they. These recordings prove it.

Thanks for the memories, lads.
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on 23 July 2013
As a Nazareth fan born in 1961, I remember listening to a lot of those tracks when they first came out, so it is a pleasure for me to obtain this box. I have also got some vinyl LPs of Nazareth from years back, and I still have a record player, so I have pretty much all of Nazareth's tracks. I can remember getting hauled over the coals at school for scribbling Nazareth's hit on my school desk lid!

As you probably gathered, as I have got older, my tastes have got very catholic, and I actually despair of some of the music today, compared to that of the seventies! Call me old fashioned, but a lot of my generation (including my younger brother) feel exactly the same!

Thanks again for a decent box!
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on 14 November 2012
Musically, this is a great set, no doubt about it. Any Nazareth fan needs to own this set.

I have to say though that I was disappointed a little bit about the sound quality. EQ wise, it is fine and nicely done, not too harsh and no boosted treble (like it is often the case on remasters). But the dynamic range has been heavily reduced, there is only about 7...8 dB dynamic range left (measured with TT Dynamic Range Meter), and it should be more in the 11...13 dB range. In other words, this box set sounds quite loud and the music doesn't have enough room to breathe. If you ever heard of the term "The Loudness War", this release is surely a victim of it.

Still, I recommend to get this release if you like the band.
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on 30 September 2012
Ya might think - what does Naz have to offer after all these years ? We'll frankly alot ! Their last two albums "Big Dogz" & "The Newz" are amazing proof that this Scottish monster can still give the Loch a stir ! This box is a remaster / unreleased set worthy of any Naz fan ! They even give ABBA's "S.O.S." a dark rendition ! I previously had all their remasters Castle & Salvo .This still offers more - more BBC's gems as well as covers & a "best of"....for under $20 it can't be beat !
Seen them last summer @ "Rock the Dock" in Cape Breton N.S. - killer show !!!
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on 13 October 2013
this cd boxset is very good value for money 4 cds of music by one of the best bands of the 70,s , cd 1 is all the well known songs, where as the other 3 cds contain many rare songs and live tracks and radio sessions for the bbc, very good.
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on 11 September 2015
Great stuff, arrived within two day of ordering
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on 10 December 2014
top set from nazareth love it
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on 13 September 2013
ive got their singles collection and naz box I like them really good I like their music love hurts I don't want to go on without you
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on 26 October 2013
Full of good stuff for everyone, but for me the third disc was most interresting with some very hard to find tracks.
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