Nazareth were lucky enough to be reviewed by Mr. Makowski who at the time must have been a very young man. As some of you know, he has later had a great career writing for some of the biggest rock oriented magazines in the world, and here he submits one short example of why he`s considered one of the great music writers.
Nazareth Concert review
By Peter Makowski
Right from the start, when drummer Darryl Sweet stepped on stage and began playing a series of wold but controlled rhythms on a large yellow drum kit, it was clear from the audience`s reaction that this was no ordinary night at the Marquee.
When the rest of Nazareth arrived the structure of the number gradually developed into “Night Woman”. The audience were evidently familiar with the band`s repertoire and while the first few numbers were “heavy” they still retained a fine musical quality.
The pace slowed with Ry Cooder`s “Vigilante Man”, featuring some outstanding slide from lead guitarist Manny Charlton, and the band ran through “Paper Sun”, “Woke Up This Morning”, “Alcatraz” as well as a excellent version of Don Nix`s “Going Down” and Don`s “Ruby Baby” and the highlight of the night, “Morning Dew” by Tim Hardin, handled powerfully by vocalist Dan McCafferty.
Nazareth possess all the qualities necessary to ensure a big future, constituting well balanced numbers and an exciting stage act. There`s also a strong sense of audience/band loyalty (it seems many travelled from Scotland to see the gig) and that`s a very valuable commodity these days.
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This number of Sounds also contains articles/interviews with these people: Dave Lambert, Beck, Bogert & Appice, Isaac Hayes, Peter Frampton, Rory Gallagher, Dusty Springfield, Syd Barrett, Stevie Wonder, Badger, Judy Sill, Jennie Hahn, Help Yourself, Ian A. Anderson, Pete Townshend.
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