History of the album "Hair of the Dog" - Nazareth (1975)
Hair of the Dog is an excellent album by the Scottish band Nazareth, released in 1975. This is a recording made at Escape Studios in Kent. It is this work that is considered to be one of the most popular and sold in the creative experience of Nazareth. The sixth album in the Scottish band's musical history, the album was produced by the band's founding member and guitarist Manny Charlton.
As a result, the release exceeded all expectations. It was a real confession. Until a certain point, the most notable stage in the work of the group was the 3rd album in 1973, Razamanaz. Hits include "Hair of the Dog", "Beggars Day" and "Please Don't Judas Me" and, of course, the legendary "Love Hurts" included on the US version. The European version played "Guilty" instead.
“Love Hurts” is a 1960 single by the Bryants, country music performers who wrote popular songs of the 60s. This song was originally recorded by The Everly Brothers in 1960. Then she was performed by Roy Orbison, Emmylou Harris, being at the top of the rating of her performances. Only Nazareth made changes to the text, correcting the sound of one line. Instead of the original “love is like a stove”, the Scots sang “like a flame”.
And it was this variation that entered the TOP-10 of America and a number of European countries. So, in Norway, she broke the record, staying at the top of the rankings for a whole 14 weeks, and in total in the charts - 57 weeks without a break! Interestingly, Cher also sang her own variation of the song in 1975, but it remained on the margins compared to the Nazareth single. Although Cher did not give up and re-released the same song in 1991. In England, she was received rather reservedly, but the Norwegians were very responsive. The idea of “burning love” resonated so strongly with the harsh northerners that the version performed by Cher also rose in the steps of the Norwegian hit parade to the second position.
The title of the album is often interpreted as a "hangover", according to the translation of the English expression "dog hair". But Dan McCafferty points to the moment of the language game: also the expletive “son of a bitch”, “son of a bitch”, sounding in the first composition. The group originally planned to choose this strong expression for the common name, but for fear of being misunderstood, they abandoned this idea. A variant was the name Hair of the Dog, the first word of which is often pronounced "Heir" - which translates as "dog's heir" - and this is close to "son of a bitch". An interesting story, almost philological, turns out to be connected with the aggressive first song, the main character of which is a “virtuoso liar”, “affecting hearts”, passing like a steamroller through male destinies, “having contacted some kind of son of a bitch”.
In addition to purely hard rock tricks - in general, "pulling" to heavy metal, here you can find singles that have signs of progressive rock - "Changin' Times" and "Please Don't Judas Me". It uses synths and keyboards that are exotic for “Nazareth”, the sound is deep and, which is absolutely in the style of progrock, this sound is quite long: 6 and 10 minutes respectively, if we talk about the two mentioned songs.
Hair of the Dog is widely recognized. Over 2 million copies sold worldwide. However, the vinyl version is hard to find in good condition. (More difficult than, for example, Deep Purple, which released much larger print runs).