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Nazareth - 1975 Hair Of The Dog

ARTIST: Nazareth
ALBUM: Hair Of The Dog
LABEL: Mooncrest (UK) , A&M (USA)
YEAR: 1975
CD REISSUE: 2010, Salvo, SALVOCD035 (remastered, bonus tracks)


LINEUP: Dan McCafferty - vocals, talk box on 'Hair Of The Dog' * Manny Charlton - guitars, synthesiser * Pete Agnew - bass, backing vocals * Darrell Sweet - drums, backing vocals

Guests: Max Middleton - piano on Guilty * Vicki Brown, Liza Strike, Barry St. John - backing vocals on Guilty * Vicky Silva - backing vocals on Please Don't Judas Me

TRACK LISTING: 01 Hair Of The Dog * 02 Miss Misery * 03 Guilty * 04 Changin' Times * 05 Beggars Day/Rose In Heather * 06 Whisky Drinkin' Woman * 07 Please Don't Judas Me * 08 Love Hurts


The early history of Scottish greats Nazareth doesn't really take off until the band move to London in 1970, despite forming in Dunfermline Scotland two years earlier. The bands four-piece lineup during this phase stayed intact for ten years, and it was during this time frame that the band built its considerable live reputation, one that would see them out on the road for over forty years! Nazareth's early albums contained a number of top 10 hits in the UK including 'Broken Down Angel', 'Bad Bad Bad Boy' and 'This Flight Tonight' which was a Joni Mitchell cover. By 1975, Nazareth were ready to release what would become their most successful album to this point. 'Hair Of The Dog'.

The Songs
Of course, the album is famous for containing the release of hit single 'Love Hurts', though originally it was only available on the US release. 'Love Hurts' is a classic rock staple to this day, and is the only song by the band to make it into the American top 10 singles charts. But 'Hair Of The Dog' is more than just that one song. The album is full of blistering hard rock, with McCafferty in fine form! Check out the 'son of a bitch' lyrics to the title track 'Hair Of The Dog', or the Black Sabbath inspired rockers 'Miss Misery' and 'Changin' Times', the latter is a fiery track at a drop under 6 minutes. Listening to 'Beggars Day', vocally I was reminded of that Swedish chap who sings with AC/DC clones Bullet. Obviously McCafferty has influenced a whole swag of singers, including Axl Rose of Guns N Roses. The second part to this song is the swimming in synths composition 'Rose In Heather', which pacifies the previous 4 minutes of mayhem. The hard drinking brigade are acknowledged on the smoky blues rendition of 'Whisky Drinking Woman', while the 10 minute epic 'Please Don't Judas Me' takes in all types of musical styles like stray runaways, though it's quite a regimented piece for the most part. Let's not forget the Randy Newman penned 'Guilty', which kind of sounds out of place on the album, such is its lightweight near country/folk L.A sound with female backing vocals adding to the mix.

In Summary
Take a big dip into this album to discover a veritable selection of delights. Hard rockers who've never given this band the time of day should investigate this album, and discover a band who mixed up the likes of AC/DC, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple without really trying that hard. A few other albums would add more artillery to the Nazareth catalogue, in fact it's so surprising to see how many albums the band did record during the 70's. 'Hair Of The Dog' has seen many reissues over the years, but perhaps the pick of the bunch was Salvo's 2010 reissue which included a extra 9 bonus tracks.

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#1 | Eric on December 13 2010 14:01:34
This was a big album back then. 'Beggars Day/ Rose In Heather' is classic and some of the best stuff they did. Killer cover too. Nice to see this here...Thumbs Up
#2 | gdazegod on December 16 2010 01:49:03
Expect to see a few more Naz reviews in the pipeline.
#3 | Nick_L on December 17 2010 19:46:03
Couldn't agree more on what you had to say in this review, George. They were too often mistaken for a "2nd division" band, while they had all the right numbers- at least for a few years, most notably 1973- 81-to compete with some of the biggest names in hard rock music. Nice review! Smile
#4 | rkbluez on June 16 2012 03:10:18
Another classic album that I played to death...certainly was the Glory Daze back then.
#5 | super80boy on January 31 2016 19:16:08
The stomping 'Beggars Day' is fantastic, and then it deftly transitions into the instrumental guitars of 'Rose In Heather', a classic song. The doomy 'Miss Misery' is another pick. Hair Of The Dog is clearly an early album highlight in the expansive Nazareth catalogue.

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