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Under Appreciated Band of the Week: Nazareth

Every week or so I'll be submitting an article on who I consider to be an under appreciated band. I hope you discover something new.

Nazareth was formed in December 1968 in Dunfermline, Scotland, out of the ashes of semi-professional local group The Shadettes (formed in 1961) by vocalist Dan McCafferty, guitarist Manny Charlton (ex Mark V and The Red Hawks), bassist Pete Agnew, and drummer Darrell Sweet.[2] They took their name from the first line of The Band's classic song "The Weight" ("I pulled into Nazareth / Was feelin' about half past dead...")[2]. Nazareth's cover version of "Java Blues" by The Band's bassist/singer Rick Danko and Emmett Grogan is on their 1981 live album Snaz.

The band moved to London, England in 1970, and released their eponymous debut album in 1971.[2] After getting some attention with their second album Exercises, released in 1972, Nazareth supported Deep Purple on tour, and issued the Roger Glover produced, Razamanaz, in early 1973.[2] This collection spawned two UK Top Ten hits, "Broken Down Angel" and "Bad Bad Boy".[2] This was followed by Loud 'N' Proud in late 1973, which contained another hit single with a hard-rocking cover of Joni Mitchell's song "This Flight Tonight".[2] Then came another album Rampant, in 1974, that was equally successful although its only single, "Shanghai'ed in Shanghai", narrowly missed the British Top 40.[3] A non-album song, again a cover version, this time of Tomorrow's "My White Bicycle", was a UK Top 20 entry in 1975.[2]

Hair of the Dog was released in April 1975.[3] The title track of that album (popularly, though incorrectly, known as "Son Of A Bitch" due to its chorus lyrics) became a staple of 1970s rock radio. The American version of the album included a song originally recorded by The Everly Brothers, and also covered by Roy Orbison, the melodic ballad "Love Hurts", that was released as a hit single in the UK and in the U.S., where it went platinum. The track became the band's only U.S. Top Ten hit.[4] The song spent a record-shattering 60 weeks on the Norwegian chart.[4]

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Classic Line-Up

Dan McCafferty – lead vocals
Manny Charlton – lead guitar
Pete Agnew – bass
Darrell Sweet – drums


Nazareth (1971)
Exercises (1972)
Razamanaz (1973)
Loud 'n' Proud (1973)
Rampant (1974)
Hair of the Dog (1975)
Greatest Hits (1975)
Close Enough for Rock 'n' Roll (1976)
Hot Tracks (1976)
Play 'n' the Game (1976)
Expect No Mercy (1977)
No Mean City (1979)
Malice in Wonderland (1980)
The Fool Circle (1981)
Snaz (1981)
2XS (1982)
Sound Elixir (1983)
The Catch (1984)
The Ballad Album (1985)
Cinema (1986)
Snakes 'n' Ladders (1989)
The Ballad Album Vol.2 (1989)
BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert (1991)
No Jive (1991)
From the Vaults (1993)
Move Me (1994)
Boogaloo (1998)
Greatest Hits Volume II (1998)
Live at the Beeb (1998)
The Very Best of Nazareth (2001)
Homecoming (2002)
Alive and Kicking (2003)
Maximum XS: The Essential Nazareth (2004)
The River Sessions Live 1981 (2004)
Live in Brazil (2007)
The Newz (2008)
Golden Hits Nazareth (date unknown)

A great band can be found anywhere, do yourself a favour and discover this one.

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