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Editors’ Notes

Close Enough for Rock 'N' Roll came one year after Nazareth made a worldwide name for themselves with Hair of the Dog, which yielded their biggest hit, "Love Hurts," first recorded by the Everly Brothers but given an unforgettably hard-rocking makeover by Nazareth in 1975. The other song for which they are famous, "Hair of the Dog" is a '70s classic of its own. With Close Enough …, the Scottish group stretches their sound far beyond the parameters of hard rock, incorporating funk, '60s psychedelia, and elements of folk rock. They continue on their tack of choosing great covers (the name of the band itself refers to the first line in the Band's "The  Weight" – "I pulled into Nazareth/Was feeling about half past dead …") by hitting on the Byrds "So You Wanna Be a Rock 'N' Roll Star" in the middle of a highly progressive eight-minute opening medley. Decidedly less rock than the group is known for amid the experimentations, but "Homesick Again" has a great chorus and "Loretta," with perfectly recorded guitars and the cowbell that defined "Hair of the Dog," could easily be a Man Who Sold the World-era Bowie song.

Customer Reviews

Excellent effort from an under appreciated band...

I love side one of this LP/CD. I also agree with Rusty 351 that it is sad that so many Nazareth albums are missing on iTunes. "Razamanaz" may be my favorite Nazareth release, and it's not available. You'd think the bands would be hounding iTunes to get these releases available, the bands are the ones losing money. Plus, I have SO much money to spend!

Very good AOR rock

the 4 part "Telegram" is great AOR rock, and Carry out Feelings is a nice reggae AOR guitar pop song, Very Good release . It's a shame that the early 80's Naz titles "malice in wonderland" and "2XS" aren't availible as well

So underrated it's a crime

This album is incredible. From "Telegram" to "You're the Violin," it's a solid rocker. It gets unfairly bashed IMHO for "softer" songs like "Carry Out Feelings," but if after a couple of listens, you're not singing along to this track as well, you're dead. Taken by itself, it's a very strong and balanced album - and one that I haven't grown tired of hearing in over 30 years. Long live Nazareth!!


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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