In the later years the word "Classic" has been watered down. However, Nazareth
's "Razamanaz" has certainly earned the label "Classic" in the word's purest sense.
Originally released in 1973 the album has remained its power and the songs still moves you, which makes it timeless.
Prior to this album Nazareth
had released 2 albums without great success. However, their reputation as a strong live act earned them the opening spot on Deep Purple
's tour. Deep Purple
bassist Roger Glover offered to produce Nazareth
's next album and after hearing them most nights on the Deep Purple
tour he knew he had to capture the live energy on record to make "Razamanaz" successful. Nazareth
already aired some of the "Razamanaz" songs live on that particular tour so Glover knew what they were supposed to sound like.
A good producer doesn't do it alone. Nazareth
had written some really strong songs for "Razamanaz". The songs had been tested on the road and therefore the album is a strong unit.
The title track has been the blueprint for Hard Rock with its heavy rhythm and exceptional riff. The song has everything Hard Rock is about; pounding drums, sharp guitar riffs and solos. On top of that you have Dan McCafferty's unique voice. No wonder that Axl Rose looks up to McCafferty and wanted him to sing at his wedding.
Even though the album is founded on the live energy and drive Nazareth
sounds great when they bring it down. Sold My Soul
has McCafferty belting out some soulful vocals.
The album is diverse. The cover of Guthrie's Vigilante Man
is done Ry Cooder style with a bluesy feel. Bad Bad Boy
is a bad ass rocker - at least for 1973 and Alcatrazz
is melodic rock founded on a melodic riff from Manny Charlton. Broken Down Angel
is the most commercial rocker on the album and also the single from the album.
The album is vital because it was Nazareth
finding their identity. "Razamanaz" put them in the big league and it stands as one never surpassed by Nazareth
Salvo has just started a Nazareth
reissue campaign. The campaign is done with respect and love for the originals. "Razamanaz" has a logo saying "Loud N Proud and Remastered" with reference to Nazareth
's next album "Loud N Proud". The reissue comes with liner notes featuring brand new interviews with singer Dan McCafferty and bassist Pete Agnew plus six bonus tracks. The bonus track Spining Top
was a b-side of Broken Down Angel
and its cut right off the "Razamananz" recipe. A start-stop riff, Rock 'n' Roll and lots of tasty leads over it. Nazareth
is till going strong and I will be rocking out to them at this year's Sweden Rock festival.
A Rock classic!
Written by Michael
Tuesday, February 2, 2010Show all reviews by MichaelRatingsMichael: 7.5/10
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