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Telegram (1976) - Nazareth: All about the song

All this strange design was a wild success across the ocean. That was the best time for Nazareth in the USA.

Telegram: A timeless classic from Nazareth...

"Telegram" is one of the most famous songs of the rock band Nazareth. She saw the light in 1976, as part of the album "Close Enough For Rock'n'Roll". The unique feature of this song is that it consists of four parts! The track gained wide recognition thanks to the expressive musical arrangement and the unique sound of "Nazareth" ...

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Группа Nazareth: Pete Agnew, Darrell Sweet, Dan McCafferty, Manny Charlton

How it all began...

In the second half of the 70s, Nazareth released their seventh studio album, Close Enough For Rock'n'Roll. And the main "highlight" of the release immediately becomes the composition "Telegram": consisting of four parts, it was a cover of "So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star" by The Byrds.

Musical arrangement

As it was already emphasized above, in many respects «Telegram» became popular thanks to the expressive musical design. None of the songs previously released by the band could boast such a rich musical waterfall of notes and knees ... Moreover, the composition was not like anything that other rock masters of that time released! As a result, it was the extraordinary sound that made the song the visiting card of the group for many, many years ...

The authors of the song, as well as the playing staff of Nazareth as a whole, managed to make a really great achievement, appreciated by all adherents and listeners of rock music ... Has anyone else managed to recreate the sound of a locomotive mechanism with notes through great playing and the sound of the instruments used? Yes, later it is quite possible ... But then, in 1976, it was really something amazing ...

So, soon after the release of "Telegram" became a classic not only for fans of the band's work, but also for connoisseurs of innovation in the style of hard rock!

Meaning…

The composition tells about the difficulties that rock musicians face while on tour ...

The musical accompaniment of the first part of “On Your Way” immerses you in the atmosphere of an English railway station and a railway station: there is bustle everywhere, everyone sends a telegram, and the locomotive, ready for departure, slowly breathes steam ...

The second, rather pompous part - "So You Wanna Be a Rock'n'Roll Star" - is addressed to the wires.

As for the third part, "Sound Check", it continues the trivial action. The musicians managed to imitate the sound of a steam locomotive moving along the famous English London-Midland-Scotland railway…

The fourth part of "Here We Are Again" completes the theme of travel!

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Nazareth Group

All this strange design was a wild success across the ocean. That was the best time for Nazareth in the USA.

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