ALBUM: The Fool Circle
LABEL: NEMS (UK), A&M (USA)
SERIAL: NEL 6019, SP 4844
CD REISSUE: 2002, Eagle, EAMCD137 * 2010, Salvo, SALVOCD044
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
LINEUP: Dan McCafferty - vocals * Manny Charlton - guitars * Pete Agnew - bass * Darrell Sweet - drums * Jon Locke - keyboards
TRACK LISTING: 01 Dressed To Kill * 02 Another Year * 03 Moonlight Eyes * 04 Pop The Silo * 05 Let Me Be Your Leader * 06 We Are The People * 07 Every Young Mans Dream * 08 Little Part Of You * 09 Cocaine (Live) * 10 Victoria
1981 saw Scottish rockers Nazareth enter a new phase in their career. After thirteen years in existence, the band were witness to many ups and downs that the rock industry throws at you. 'The Fool Circle' admittedly, isn't one of the band's more memorable efforts. After the Americanised sheen of 1980's 'Malice In Wonderland', this effort compares as slightly more whimsical and British (or should that be Scottish?)
. Ironically, this album has a Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter production, renowned for his time with the Doobie Brothers
and Steely Dan
, and was recorded at Montserrat in the Caribbean, far from the Motherland.
The music is quite literally, a mixed bag. Some good, some not so good, or should I say, some not so captivating. The opener 'Dressed To Kill' is a spritely affair. Very barroom boogie oriented. Brave for an opening cut. 'Another Year' is a straight-ahead rock attempt characterised by Dan McCafferty's roughened vocal. 'Moonlight Eyes' is a nice ballad in the same mould as Frankie Miller
or Joe Cerisano's Silver Condor
. 'Let Me Be Your Leader' takes on a reggae twinge, interesting but not much else to be honest. 'Every Young Mans Dream' again is straight-ahead stuff similar to Canadian outfit Trooper
while a tribute to J.J Cale
is made with a live rendition of his staple 'Cocaine', sounding very unlike the original!
Perhaps 'The Fool Circle' is an album best left to the Nazareth collectors and completists among you. Soon after this album we saw the addition of new blood in guitarist Billy Rankin. He joined the band on the 1981 Fool Circle Tour throughout the USA, and then appeared on the much better '2XS' album during 1982 and then on 1983's 'Sound Elixir'. The band moved ahead and took their career into a new transition period. At this point, Nazareth are still a going-concern, and still stand tall in the classic-rock circuit around the world .
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