Sunday, 3 June 2018
Nazareth - Razamanaz (1973)
Released May 1973
Recorded in Jamestown Scotland and Air Studios, London
Dunfermline's finest, Nazareth, really were the dog's crown jewels from 1972-75. Heavy enough not to be to true "glam rock" yet pop-sensitive enough to pen a chart hit when the mood took them. One got the feeling that they "lived it" to the full as well - the whisky, the women, the fights. Nazareth were "hard".
This current remastering on Salvo records is truly outstanding, pumping out the bass into your living room, as that glorious intro to "Razamanaz" pounds out of your speakers and Dan McCafferty howls "we got to get it togetherrr" you feel like dashing to your drinks cabinet to get the "Famous Grouse" out to give him a wee livener. There is some great whisky sodden RAWWK on here. From the opener through the brooding "Alcatraz" to the Woody Guthrie cover "Vigilante Man" and the abrasive "Woke Up This Morning" the school of hard rock knocks is open for morning lessons.
Two chart singles appear as we progress - the melodic, poppy "Broken Down Angel" and the sawdust throated "Bad Bad Boy" much hated by Radio One's Tony Blackburn at the time. Check out the bass on "Night Woman" too.
There are four cuts from the BBC Bob Harris sessions included too and these are rough and ready and show that the lads could cut it live too. I always like these BBC Sessions tracks. They are invariably of high sound quality and it was amazing how many bans at the time just popped into the BBC and laid down some wonderful sounds, just when they had a spare fifteen minutes, it seemed.