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Nazareth scorched American radio and arenas with their own Yankee-styled blooze and working-class boogie. It’s a safe bet that Guns N’ Roses wouldn’t have existed had Nazareth (and this 1975 album) never made it out of their Scottish homeland, so big a fan was Axl Rose. The Rose comparison is easy; just listen to Naz singer Dan McCafferty, whose earnest vocal shreds matched both the gnarly onslaught and (occasional) subtle gestures of the band’s guitars and songs. It was, in fact, one rather subtle gesture—the band’s cover of The Everly Brothers' tenderizing ballad “Love Hurts”—that made this band huge. Elsewhere, the title song’s Humble Pie–ish romp still stomps it out at rock radio, and “Miss Misery” nearly matches it in intensity. The dynamic “Please Don’t Judas Me” shows Pink Floyd action, and “Whiskey Drinkin’ Woman” is an amped-up folk tune with a surprising sardonic side (“Maybe if I tried some booze/I’d know what it’s about”). And you’ll swear you hear nodules form on McCafferty’s vocal cords during the band’s fist-foisting version of Nils Lofgren’s underrated “Beggar’s Day.”

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Nazareth tour-de-force

Not only one of Nazareth's greatest, but also one of the best albums from the 70's, period. Driving, and NASTY, there are few groups that can compete with the buzz-saw sound of the rockers on this gem; Hair of the Dog (leadoff track) is in the top 10 of all-time less an authority than Alice Cooper said this was "the perfect song, I wish I wrote it..." Miss Misery is bluesy, and VERY mean and in all their songs, Dan McCafferty sings with emotion, a nastier Rod Stewart...from the gut. Love Hurts- everyone knows this me, the first real power ballad, and yet to be equaled. Changin' Times chugs hard, like a good old-fashioned Status Quo tune, with power chords all the way thru. Beggar's Day- an unknown favorite here, the guitars drip with malevolence. Rose in the Heather, a beautiful song with sweeping strings that stuns you in the middle of the audio onslaught. Whiskey-drinkin' woman; a funky/heavy boogie with a good sense of humor..Please Don't Judas Me is an epic, slow-building tune, with the requisite underlying heaviness, that brings to mind the Scottish highlands. (Where the boys are from..) It's hard to top this album, but other great Nazareth albums are Razamanaz and Close Enough for Rock'n'roll (especially Telegram- check it out...)

Classic Metal greatness from start to finish

This album, especially "Beggars Day," bears uncanny resemblance to AC/DC... But this album was originally released in 1975, so it goes back just as far as the first AC/DC album, so they probably weren't copyin'... Even if they were, Hair of the Dog is still one of the greatest albums of the '70s (and of all time) and it doesn't get a fraction of the credit it deserves. "Hair of the Dog," "Miss Misery" "Beggars Day," and "Whiskey Drinkin' Woman" all grab you by the balls and don't let go, and "Love Hurts" is also a classic power ballad. An easy five stars

Alltime top 10

Not only is this record a 5 star every song is a 5 star, This record is in my alltime top ten, A must have, Enjoy!!


Formed: 1968 in Dunfermline, Scotland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Scottish hard rock quartet Nazareth had a handful of hard rock hits in the late '70s, including the proto-power ballad "Love Hurts." Formed in 1968, the band featured vocalist Dan McCafferty, guitarist Manny Charlton, bassist Pete Agnew, and drummer Darrell Sweet. The band had relocated to London by 1970, and they released their self-titled debut album in 1971. Both Nazareth and 1972's Exercises received favorable attention by British hard rockers, but it was 1973's Razamanaz that moved them...
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