lördag 30 juli 2016


Excellent compilation carrying something for all concerned fans of seventies rock. You get three 45 a-sides for the first time on LP, which should be reason enough for the completist, but above all tons of good music, well performed with great audio. Typical for the best hard rock of the period was a sincere melodic core covered in crusty layers of raucous attack and Nazareth sure could nail that combination. To my taste the band's regular albums at the time were a little uneven, all having their fair share of fillers, but this has top numbers only and truly deserves the "greatest hits" billing. Every track is a favorite, but I'm especially fascinated by the covers - Joni Mitchell's "This Flight Tonight", Tomorrow's "My White Bicycle" and "Everly Brothers' "Love Hurts" - all updated as they'd be Nazareth's own songs and in the end not standing back to any of the originals. Issued and reissued on vinyl, 8-track, cassette and CD world wide through the years, some with bonus tracks. The Americans released their own variation with totally different cover design and alternate tracking - the 1976 "Hot Tracks" on A&M Records (SP 4643). Premiere UK had label as shown here, thin fully laminated cover and stiff glossy picture inner. (PÖP*)

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