Nazareth – Expect No Mercy – Used LP
RCA Record Club edition.
These Scotland hard rockers hit it big in 1975 with their Hair of the Dog album, and kept busy in the years that followed, lead vocalist Dan releasing a solo album of unexpected covers, and Nazareth releasing two studio albums in 1976. But this 1977 album was probably the one a lot of fans were looking for in a follow up to Hair of the Dog, the Frazetta sleeve art helping point that out. As usually, there's a few covers, Crazy Horse's "Gone Dead Train" and the much-covered "Busted," some slower numbers like "Place in Your Heart" (that has a lovable corniness in sharp contrast to that sappy cover of "Love Hurts" that nearly ruined Hair of the Dog), and most importantly plenty of focus on tender love songs like "Revenge is Sweet," "Expect No Mercy," "Kentucky Fried Blues," "New York Broken Toy," and "Gimme What's Mine," short blasts of riff-driven hard rock, nice reminders to other "hard-rock" bands who didn't have a clue what to do in 1977. Clip the progressive and rock out, keep the cuts at about 3 minutes, do what you do and quit being a dumbass with your candy-ass chicken rock. This is the 70s--you're never gonna get another chance to do shit like this without people giving you grieve. This was another blueprint for 80s bands like Guns & Roses, another essential outing for fans of 1970s hard rock. -- winch