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Nazareth

Nazareth

℗ 1971 Pegasus Records PEG 10

℗ 1972 Warner Brothers Records BS 2615

℗ 1975 Mountain Records TOPC 5001

℗ 1988 A & M Records CD 3169

℗ 1992 Castle Music CLACD 286

Nazareth  1971  Nazareth

This 1971 self-titled debut may stun fans who are accustomed to the hard-driving rock and gritty power ballads that characterize Nazareth's more popular work. Nazareth is a diverse collection of songs that points the way towards the pop leanings that would dominate the group's later output. Although it lacks the consistency of later albums like Hair of the Dog and Expect No Mercy, fans of 1970s rock will find plenty to enjoy on this surprisingly adventurous disc. The overall sound is softer than the hard rock the group is best known for, but that doesn't mean the album isn't lacking in good old-fashioned rock & roll. "Witchdoctor Woman" is a moody rocker built on a slow, spooky fuzz guitar riff, and the group's sinister cover of "Morning Dew" transforms this folk classic into a hard rock epic that provides a powerful showcase for Manny Charlton's powerful but imaginative guitar work. A lot of time is also devoted to country-styled ballads like "I Had a Dream" and "Country Girl," which set dreamy melodies against a gentle backdrop of keyboards and steel guitar. The most surprising thing about Nazareth is the experimental, effects-laden approach used to bring the songs to life; the best example is the use of a voice box guitar for the much of the vocal on "Fat Man," which enhances the loneliness of the lyrics. There are also touches of orchestration, the most interesting use appearing on "Red Light Lady," a song that starts off as a steamy, guitar-heavy rocker but transforms midway through into a stately ballad driven by a powerful string arrangement. All in all, Nazareth tries out too many different styles to ever cohere, but it does effectively show off the chops and songwriting skills of this oft-underrated band. It is a necessary listen for the group's fans and may even win over '70s rock fans who wouldn't normally go for the Nazareth sound. Donald A. Guarisco.

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Witchdoctor Woman

(Dan McCafferty Darrell Sweet Manny Charlton Pete Agnew)

I'll make the stars fall out of the sky
Make the seas and the rivers run dry
There is nothing I can't do
Lord I'll put my spell on you

Praise the mountains down to the ground
Make the clouds and the rain fall down
There is nothing I can't do
Lord I'll put my spell on you

I'm your witchdoctor woman
And I'm gonna put my spell on you
I'm your witchdoctor woman
Lord I got my mind on you

I'll make the stars fall out of the sky
Make the seas and the rivers run dry
There is nothing i can't do
Lord i'll put my spell on you

I'm your witchdoctor woman
And I'm gonna put my spell on you
I'm your witchdoctor woman
Lord I got my mind on you

Praise the mountains down to the ground
Make the clouds and the rain fall down
There is nothing I can't do
Lord I'll put my spell on you

I'm your witchdoctor woman
And I'm gonna put my spell on you
I'm your witchdoctor woman
Lord I got my mind on you

Dear John

(Dan McCafferty Darrell Sweet Manny Charlton Pete Agnew)

You came 'round today
You never even knocked on my door
Your note tried to say
That you don't love me no more

I want you by my side cause
I wanna be your man
I'm burning up inside cause
I wanna be your man

I had to be told
From people that I meet in the street
They are turning cold
Without you I would not be complete

I want you by my side cause
I wanna be your man
I'm burning up inside cause
I wanna be your man

Why did you write me in a letter
A word from you would be much better

I want you by my side cause
I wanna be your man
I'm burning up inside cause
I wanna be your man

Don't cast me aside
Without you I could never survive
Why did you decide
To kill the love that keeps me alive

I want you by my side cause
I wanna be your man
I'm burning up inside cause
I wanna be your man

Empty Arms, Empty Heart

(Dan McCafferty Darrell Sweet Manny Charlton Pete Agnew)

Now you say you're leaving
Leaving me without a friend
How can you do what you're doing to me
How can you say you want to be free of me

Now you say it's over
And your walkin' out my door
Tellin' me you're going away for good
Never coming back and I'll never see you again

You left me here with my empty arms
My empty rooms
And my empty heart is crying

Nothing is left for me now you're gone
It just ain't right and i know it can't last i'm dying

Now you say you're leaving
Leaving me without a friend
How can you do what you're doing to me
How can you say you want to be free of me

You left me here with my empty arms
My empty rooms
And my empty heart is crying

I Had a Dream

(Dan McCafferty Darrell Sweet Manny Charlton Pete Agnew)

I had a dream
I had a dream
I saw the mission band, playing on the green
It was the saddest thing, I have ever seen
What did it mean, what did it all mean?

And in my dream, in my same dream
I saw the soldiers marching, on the green
The band played a funeral march
Many a tear was seen
All in my dream, all in my dream

I heard the lesson read, I heard the choir
I saw the falling leaves, landing everywhere
I saw the family gathered, crying in despair
I was not there, I was not there

Red Light Lady

(Dan McCafferty Darrell Sweet Manny Charlton Pete Agnew)

Down at the house with the red light
She works from seven til dawn
You'll find her there any time that you like
Some days a week she'll be on
Down at the house with the red light

I was a boy not to sure of myself
When I was first taken down
Down to the house with the red light
Two miles west of town
I paid my fee and I went on in

Into the house with the red light
Pull up a chair up the stairs
The key was cold and dampened my hand
Opened the door, heard her say
"Into my room and set yourself down"

She let us lie on this shiny brass bed
Curtains and flowers in her hair
She played my soul and she shattered my head
Could not believe I was there
Down at the house with the red light

I fell in love with that lady
First love I knew, she gave me
Seven days a week, you can find her
Down ay the house with the red light

I fell in love with that lady