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Play 'n' the Game

Nazareth

℗ 1976 Mountain Records TOPS 113

℗ 1976 Vertigo Records 6370 418

℗ 1976 A & M Records SP 4610

℗ 1997 UNW Disc CLACD 219

Nazareth  1976  Play 'n' the Game

Play 'n' the Game found NAZARETH continuing in the AOR direction they established with Close Enough for Rock and Roll. Like that album, it trades the driving rock that made the group famous for an experimental sound that toys with several different musical genres. For instance, Down Home Girl is a stab at Southern rock, and the group's cover of the BEACH BOYS classic Wild Honey slows down that song's tempo to create a effects-laden psychedelic atmosphere. Elsewhere, the group covers the hard rock bases with Someone to Roll and Born to Love, a pair of energetic, guitar-driven rockers that would have fit in fine on Razamanaz or Loud and Proud. They also crossbreed the energy of these tracks with pop hooks on L.A. Girls, a nimble bit of pop/rock fusion where speedy guitar riffs duke it out a with handclap-driven pop song beat. However, the undeniable highlights of Play 'n' the Game are its ballads: I Want to Do Everything for You is a promise of eternal love built on a swinging and pleasingly earthy bass groove and I Don't Want to Go on without You is a moody tale of lost love that shows off MANNY CHARLTON's ability to craft the soft but powerful guitar riffs necessary for a good power ballad. This album benefits from a more consistent overall sound than Close Enough for Rock and Roll, but its shifts in tone are too abrupt for their own good, making the proceedings come off as a loose collection of songs instead of a fully-conceived album. Despite this problem, Play 'n' the Game is an effective slice of AOR that will please the NAZARETH fanbase. Donald A. Guarisco.

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Somebody to Roll

(Dan McCafferty Darrell Sweet Manny Charlton Pete Agnew)

Goin' out, got some time to use
Baby, baby, baby, I just can't lose
Truckin' round from town to town
Got to get my rocks off the ground

Going up, I've been down so long
All I need is just one good song
Take me out of this dead end gig
Get my shot at some of the big

If you want to rock
If you want to rock
You got to find somebody to roll

I just signed my life away
The record company's got to pay
Got to chase that billboard bullet
Nothin' left but to go out and do it

If you want to rock
You got to find
If you want to rock
You got to find somebody to roll
Somebody to roll

Goin' out, got some time to use
Baby, baby, baby, I just can't lose
Truckin' round from town to town
Got to get my rocks off the ground

If you want to rock
You got to find somebody
If you want to rock
You got to find somebody to roll
Somebody to roll

Down Home Girl

(Arthur Butler Jerry Leiber)

Lord I swear, the perfume you wear
Is made out of turnip greens
And every time that I kiss you girl
It tastes like pork and beans
Even though youre wearin them
Citified high heels
I can tell by your giant steps
That youve been walkin through cotton fields
Ohhhhhh, youre some down home girl

Your shoes are green, your dress is red
And your wiggy head is powder blue
But underneath all of that mess,
Well youre still the same old messy you
Youre sittin there in that fancy chair
Just drinkin champaigne like a movie star
When ya oughta be sittin on a sidewalk
Drinkin white lightnin
Out of a jelly jar
Oh, youre some down home girl

Dimples in your pretty cheeks
And dimples in your knees
You walk by and baby I
Can smell magnolia trees
You tell me youre from New York baby
But I know youre from way down South
I can hear a Mississippi mama
Evey time you open up your mouth
Oh, youre some down home girl
Oh, youre some down home girl