Hair of the Dog is the sixth studio album by the Scottish hard rock band Nazareth, released in 1975. The album was recorded at Escape Studios, Kent, with additional recording and mixing at AIR Studios, London, and is the group’s best known and highest selling release, with over two million copies sold worldwide.
After three albums with Deep Purple’s Roger Glover producing, Manny Charlton stepped into that position, one he filled for several subsequent albums.
It was Nazareth’s first big hit album (aside from the minor success of Razamanaz), including classics such as the title track, “Love Hurts” (on the US version, but not the Canadian/European, it replaced the original “Guilty”), “Beggars Day” and “Please Don’t Judas Me”.
According to Nazareth frontman Dan McCafferty, the track on Hair of the Dog in which a dishonest young woman finally meets her match provided the original album title with its recognizable chorus of “now you’re messing with a… a son of a bitch! (an “heir of the dog,”)” Nazareth’s record label, wasn’t about to let them name the project Son of a Bitch. Thus, Hair of the Dog was selected as a compromise, putting the finishing touches on a career-defining release. The album title is often considered to be a shortened form of the phrase describing a folk hangover cure, “the hair of the dog that bit you”.
The album was first reissued on CD in 1990. There are also remastered editions released since 1997 with different sets of bonus tracks.
The song “Hair of the Dog” was also covered by Guns N’ Roses on their album The Spaghetti Incident? in 1993, and by Britny Fox on their album Boys in Heat in 1989. (by wikipedia)
After slowly but surely building a fanbase around the world with albums like Razamanaz and Loud ‘N’ Proud, Nazareth finally hit the big time in 1975 with Hair of the Dog. The title track sets the mood for this stark album of hard rock with its combination of relentless guitar riffs, a throbbing, cowbell-driven beat, and an angry vocal from Dan McCafferty that denounces a “heart-breaker, soul-shaker.” The end result is a memorably ferocious rocker that has become a staple of hard rock radio stations. The remainder of the album divides its time between similarly pulverizing hard rock fare and some intriguing experiments with the group’s sound. In the rocker category, notable tracks include “Miss Misery,” a bad romance lament driven by a doomy riff worthy of Black Sabbath, and “Changin’ Times,” a throbbing hard rock tune driven by a hypnotic, circular-sounding guitar riff.
In the experimental category, the big highlight is “Please Don’t Judas Me,” an epic tune about paranoia that trades heavy metal riffs for a spooky, synthesizer-dominated atmosphere that is further enhanced by some light, Pink Floyd-styled slide guitar work. The American edition of this album also included a surprise hit for the group with their power ballad reinterpretation of the Everly Brothers classic “Love Hurts.” However, the album’s surprise highlight is a song that bridges the gap between the straight hard rock and experimental songs, “Beggars Day/Rose in Heather”; it starts out as a stomping rocker but smoothly transforms itself midway through into a gentle and spacey instrumental where soaring synthesizer lines support some moody guitar work. All in all, Hair of the Dog is the finest album in the Nazareth catalog. It is a necessity for both the group’s fans and anyone who loves 1970s hard rock. by Donald A. Guarisco)
Pete Agnew (bass, background vocals)
Dan McCafferty (vocals, talk box on 01.)
Manny Charlton (guitar, synthesizer)
Darrell Sweet (drums, background vocals)
Max Middleton (piano on 03.)
Simon Phillips (tabla on 07.)
Vicki Brown – Liza Strike – Barry St. John (on 03.)
Vicky Silva (on 07.)
01. Hair Of The Dog (Charlton/McCafferty/Agnew/Sweet) 4.11
02. Miss Misery (Charlton/McCafferty/Agnew/Sweet) 4.42
03. Guilty (Newman) 3.39
04. Changin’ Times (Charlton/McCafferty/Agnew/Sweet) 5.59
05. Beggars Day/Rose In The Heather (Lofgren) 6.30
06. Whiskey Drinkin’ Woman (Charlton/McCafferty/Agnew/Sweet) 5.29
07. Please Don’t Judas Me (Charlton/McCafferty/Agnew/Sweet) 9.45
08. Love Hurts (Bryant) 3.51
09. Down (B-side to Love Hurts single) (Charlton/McCafferty/Agnew/Sweet) 3.53
10. Railroad Boy” (B-side to Holy Roller single) (SweetCharlton/Agnew) 4.05
12. Hair of the Dog” (single edit) (Charlton/McCafferty/Agnew/Sweet) 3.20