Nazareth


Band members               Related acts

- Pete Agnew -- bass, backing vocals

- Manny Charlton -- lead guitar

- John Locke (RIP) -- keyboards

- Dan McCafferty -- vocals

- Billy Rankin - lead guitar, backing vocals (1982)

- Darrell Sweet (RIP 1999) -- drums, percussion

 

 

- Dan McCafferty (solo efforrts)

- Billy Rankin (solo efforts)

- Spirit (John Locke)

 

 

 


 

Genre: rock

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  The Fool Circle

Company: A&M

Catalog: SP-4844

Year: 1981

Country/State: UK

Grade (cover/record): VG / VG

Comments: original lyric inner sleeve

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4796

Price: $8.00

Cost: $1.00

 

Nazareth has always been a guilty pleasure for me (okay, I was a little more blatant with my affections as a teenager).  That said, 1980's "The Fool Circle" was far from your typical Nazareth release.  The album was recorded in the wake of a personnel shake up that saw the departure of longtime guitarist Zal Cleminson (he actually appeared on the album's live cover of J.J. Cale's 'Cocaine').  Recorded at George Martin's Air Studios in Montserrat, West Indies, the album was co-produced by Geoff Emerick and Jeff Baxter.  Those production credits may have something to do with the fact the fact that musical the album was far lighter, more diverse and more politicized than earlier releases.  C'mon, ever think you'd hear that in the description of a Nazareth LP?  Ever think you'd hear Nazareth doing a reggae number ('Let Me Be Your Leader' and 'We Are the People')?  Hard to believe, but tracks such as ''Dressed To Kill', 'Another Year' and 'Pop the Silo' found the band taking shots at international politics, societal shortcomings and even nuclear war.  Even McCafferty's patented tear-out-my-vocal-chords performances were strangely laidback ....  Strange, strange, strange ...

 

'The Fool Circle" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Dressed To Kill   (Dan McCafferty - Pete Agnew) -  

2.) Another Year   (Manny Charlton) - 

3.) Moonlight Eyes   (Dan McCafferty) - 

4.) Pop the Silo  (Dan McCafferty - Pete Agnew) -  

5.) Let Me Be Your Leader  (Manny Charlton) - 

 

(side 2)
1.) We Are the People   (Dan McCafferty - Pete Agnew) -  

2.) Every Young Man's Dream   (Darrell Sweet) - 

3.) Little Part of You  (Manny Charlton) - 

4.) Cocaine (Live Version)  (J.J. Cale) - 

5.) Victoria   (Darrell Sweet) - 


 

 


Genre: rock

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Title:  2XS

Company: A&M

Catalog: SP-4901

Year: 1982

Country/State: UK

Grade (cover/record): VG / VG

Comments: original lyric inner sleeve

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 5040

Price: $8.00

 

C'mon and admit it - every now and then you just need a shot of brainless rock and roll and Nazareth is one of those bands that seems to fit the bill perfectly.  Well, guess what ...  this may not be the album to put on.  Mind you that's not meant as a criticism of 1982's "2XS" since the album's quite good; rather this isn't your typical 'more-brawn-than-brains' Nazareth release.  Frankly I never expected to write something like this about a Nazareth album, but tracks like the jangle rocker 'Love Leads To Madness', 'Games' and 'Lonely In the Night' all displayed a sense of melody and commercialism that you never would have expected from these guys. Equally surprising and enjoyable were a weird pair of new wave-ish efforts - the reggae-meets-The Cars 'You Love Another and 'Preservation' (which recalled something by Sniff and the Tears).  Yeah, it may have occasionally bordered on AOR sleekness, but with the exception of the power bland ballad 'Dream On' Dan McCafferty distinctive voice ensured they never slid over the edge into Whitesnake-styled mediocrity.  Besides, tracks like 'Boys In the Band', the 1950s influenced 'Gatecrash' and 'Back To the Trenches' showcased the band's tried and true ball buster moves, even if those tracks simply couldn't compete with their more commercial moves.  Elsewhere A&M tapped the album for a US single in the form of 'Dream On' b/w 'Juicy Lucy' (A&M catalog number AM-2444).

 

'2XS" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Love Lead To Madness   (Dan McCafferty - Pete Agnew - Manny Charlton - John Locke - Billy Rankin) - 4:04 

2.) Boys In the Band   (Dan McCafferty - Pete Agnew - Manny Charlton - John Locke - Billy Rankin) - 3:04

3.) You Love Another   (Dan McCafferty - Pete Agnew - Manny Charlton - John Locke - Billy Rankin) - 3:56

4.) Gatecrash   (Dan McCafferty - Pete Agnew - Manny Charlton - John Locke - Billy Rankin) - 3:19

5.) Games   (Dan McCafferty - Pete Agnew - Manny Charlton - John Locke - Billy Rankin) - 4:47

 

(side 2)
1.) Back To the Trenches   (Dan McCafferty - Pete Agnew - Manny Charlton - John Locke - Billy Rankin) - 3:59

2.) Dream On   (Dan McCafferty - Pete Agnew - Manny Charlton - John Locke - Billy Rankin) - 3:24

3.) Lonely In the Night   (Dan McCafferty - Pete Agnew - Manny Charlton - John Locke - Billy Rankin) - 4:22

4.) Preservation   (Dan McCafferty - Pete Agnew - Manny Charlton - John Locke - Billy Rankin) - 4:00

5.) Take the Rap   (Dan McCafferty - Pete Agnew - Manny Charlton - John Locke - Billy Rankin) - 2:40

6.) Mexico   (Dan McCafferty - Pete Agnew - Manny Charlton - John Locke - Billy Rankin) - 2:50

 

 

 

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