4 Stars = Classic
My first Nazareth record I bought was in 1976, “Close Enough For Rock n’ Roll,” which I loved at the time & still do, especially, “Telegram: On Your Way / So You Want To Be A Rock & Roll Star / Sound Check / Here We Are Again,” a melody that starts off the record. I love their short (very short) cover of the Who’s, “So You Want to be a Rock & Roll Star, & the guitar solo there.” Telegram is a great song(s) about life on the road as any, or air; “747 flies up high/Much higher then we’re meant to be,” is as true as statement as there ever was.”Vicky” the second song is just a beautiful acoustic instrumental, almost Led Zeppelin-ish. “Home Sick Again” is another ode to life on the road & missing those you love. “Vancouver Shake Down” is a rollicking tune about the perils of getting busted on the road. `Born under the Wrong Sign” is funky & rocking, one of my faves of the album. “Loretta” rocks with its story about lusting after a magazine model. I can relate! LOL! “Carry out Feelings” is about unrequited love & has a touch of reggae to its rhythm. “Lift the Lid,” rocks to some great guitar lines. “You’re the Violin,” is another rocker about the uses & abuses of relationships.”
Over all “Close Enough for Rock & Roll,” is not the hardest rocking document from 1976 (or Nazareth), but it’s a sincere & valid effort at a little diversity, with hooks & melodies to spare, & really, not a bad song on the album, but not a masterpiece as a whole, but “Close Enough for Rock n’ Roll” is just that. Good enough for me.