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Hair of the Dog

A&M SP 4511
Released: April 1975
Chart Peak: #17
Weeks Charted: 40
Certified Gold: 4/8/76

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Nazareth are one of those British hard rock quartets whose LPs consistently sell but who nobody seems to know very well. No great changes in direction here, as the band pursues its path down the road of uncomplicated, unpretentious rock punctuated with raucous vocals and strong guitar solos, with the exception of one cut that takes on an almost Oriental kind of aura. Still, there are no great changes necessary, for Nazareth are one of those bands who do what they do well, who have a loyal and growing core of fans and who receive strong FM play with every new release. Nothing here to shake the world, but well done all around. Best cuts: "Hair Of The Dog" "Miss Misery," "Whiskey Drinkin' Woman," "Please Don't Judas Me."

- Billboard, 1975.

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Hair of the Dog is Nazareth's biggest hit, as well as their best album, containing both the thundering title track and their cover of "Love Hurts," which turned out to be the blueprint for the heavy-metal power ballads that dominated the pop charts of the late '80s. * * * *

- Stephen Thomas Erlewine, The All-Music Guide to Rock, 1995.

Hair of the Dog is the group's most consistent album, with "Love Hurts" and the relentlessly nasty title track. * * * *

- Allan Orski, Musichound Rock: The Essential Album Guide, 1996.

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