Hair of the Dog (album)

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Hair of the Dog
Studio album by Nazareth
Released April 1975 (1975-04)
Recorded 1974-75
Genre Hard rock
Length 40:20
Label Mooncrest (UK), A&M (US)
Producer Manny Charlton
Nazareth chronology
Hair Of The Dog
Greatest Hits
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
* Allmusic [1] 4.5/5 stars
*Rolling Stone (Not Rated) [2]

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 band's biggest selling album, having sold two million copies worldwide.[citation needed]

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".

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". However, according to Dan McCafferty, the title is a play on "heir of the dog", i.e. a "son of a bitch". This was the title the band had intended for the album, but the label did not approve and had the name changed.

The remastered compact disc, first released in the mid-1990s, features bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Manny Charlton, Dan McCafferty, Pete Agnew, Darrell Sweet unless otherwise noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hair of the Dog"     4:11
2. "Miss Misery"     4:40
3. "Guilty" (International editions) Randy Newman 3:38
4. "Changin' Times"     6:03
5. "a) Beggars Day"
"b) Rose in the Heather[a]"  
a) Nils Lofgren 6:31
6. "Whiskey Drinkin' Woman"     5:29
7. "Please Don't Judas Me"     9:48
8. "Love Hurts" (originally track 3 on US edition) Boudleaux Bryant 3:53
  1. ^ Title per original LP release; at least one later reissue lists this track as "Rose in Heather".

Bonus track information[edit]

The remastered editions include both "Guilty" (track 3) and "Love Hurts" (track 8) plus the following bonus tracks:

No. Title Length
9. "Down"   3:55
10. "Railroad Boy"   4:07
11. "Go Down Fighting" (US version) 3:05
12. "Hair Of The Dog" (single edit) 3:21
13. "Holy Roller" (extended alternate mix) 4:16

Salvo Records Remaster Bonus Tracks[edit]

Salvo Records released a version in 2010 with the following bonus tracks:

No. Title Length
8. "Love Hurts" (single)  
9. "My White Bicycle" (also available on the expanded Close Enough For Rock'n'Roll album)  
10. "Holy Roller" (single)  
11. "Railroad Boy" (b-side of Holy Roller)  
12. "Hair Of The Dog" (BBC live recording)  
13. "Holy Roller" (BBC live recording)  
14. "Teenage Nervous Breakdown" (BBC live recording)  
15. "This Flight Tonight" (BBC live recording)  
16. "Road Ladies" (BBC live recording)  


Band members[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Max Middleton – piano on "Guilty"
  • Simon Phillips - tabla on "Please Don't Judas Me"
  • Vicki Brown, Liza Strike, Barry St. John – backing vocals on "Guilty"
  • Vicky Silva – backing vocals on "Please Don't Judas Me"