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Nazareth - Loud 'N' Proud [A&M Records SP-3609] (1973)

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Loud 'N' Proud

Released: 1973
Label: A&M Records
Catalog: SP-3609
Country: USA
Pressing: RCA Records Pressing Plant, Indianapolis
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock
Note: RCA Record Club version with "R104487" on labels and back cover.

T R A C K L I S T:
01 Go Down Fighting
02 Not Faking It
03 Turn On Your Receiver
04 Teenage Nervous Breakdown
05 Freewheeler
06 This Flight Tonight
07 Child In The Sun
08 The Ballad Of Hollis Brown
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Album Review

Donald A. Guarisco []

After putting themselves on the hard rock map with Razamanaz, Nazareth took their new, forceful style even further the next year on Loud & Proud. With Roger Glover once again at the controls, the group added even higher levels of distortion and energy to create one of the hardest rocking items in their catalog: ''Go Down Fighting'' starts the album with a sonic boom thanks to its blend of furious riffing with a breathless tempo, and the group's cover of ''Teenage Nervous Breakdown'' transforms this Little Feat into a runaway locomotive of hard rock riffing. However, the album's definitive moment of heaviness is their extended reworking of Bob Dylan's ''The Ballad of Hollis Brown,'' which drenches the tune in ungodly levels of feedback to create an ominous, horror movie-style feel. Loud & Proud also produced another hit single for the group with a cover of Joni Mitchell's ''This Flight Tonight,'' which transforms the wistful original into a throbbing rock song. The end result of this ultra-heavy approach is that the album lacks the accessibility and high level of experimentation that characterized Razamanaz. That said, the album does retain a few stylistic curve balls to keep listeners on their toes: ''Turn on Your Receiver'' is a mid-tempo slice of country rock (complete with an exaggerated Southern accent in the vocal) and ''Child in the Sun,'' a stately ballad dominated by acoustic guitars. In the end, Loud & Proud lacks the crossover appeal of Razamanaz but remains a bracing collection of rockers that will entertain Nazareth fans and anyone else with a yen for 1970s hard rock.

Nazareth's Biography

Stephen Thomas Erlewine []

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 into the U.K. Top Ten (both ''Broken Down Angel'' and ''Bad Bad Boy'' were hit singles). Loud 'n' Proud and Rampant (both 1974) followed the same formula, yet were slightly less successful.

Released the following year, Hair of the Dog established Nazareth as an internationally popular hard rock band. Featuring their revamped version of the Everly Brothers' ''Love Hurts,'' the album sold over a million copies in the U.S. Until the end of the '70s, the band continued successfully as a quartet, releasing a series of Top 100 albums. In 1979, they added former Sensational Alex Harvey Band guitarist Zal Cleminson to their lineup; he left after recording two albums -- 1979's No Mean City and 1980's Malice in Wonderland -- and was replaced by former Spirit keyboardist John Locke. Following the 1981 live album 'Snaz, guitarist Bill Rankin also joined the group; Locke left soon after his addition and Rankin switched to keyboards.

By this time, their commercial appeal had dwindled in both the U.K. and the U.S. By the mid-'80s, Nazareth was left without a record contract, so the band went on hiatus for a few years. They returned in 1992 with No Jive, which failed to gain an audience in America and Europe. In 1999, Nazareth resurfaced yet again with Boogaloo. While touring the album, original drummer Darrell Sweet passed away at the age of 51 from a heart attack; bassist Agnew's son Lee took over drum duties. After a ten-year break, the band returned with their 21st studio album, 2008's The Newz, which was released to coincide with the band's 40th anniversary. 2011 saw the release of Big Dogz, and the group followed this up with their 23rd studio album, Rock 'n' Roll Telephone, which was released in 2014. Celebrating their 50th anniversary as a band, Nazareth released their 24th studio album, Tattooed on My Brain, in October 2018. The album featured new vocalist Carl Sentance, formerly of Persian Risk.
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