Close Enough for Rock 'n' Roll

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Close Enough for Rock 'n' Roll
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Studio album by Nazareth
Released March 1976
Genre Hard rock
Length 38:12
Label A&M (USA)
Mountain Records (UK)
Vertigo (Europe)
Producer Manny Charlton
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Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Close Enough for Rock 'n' Roll is the seventh studio album by the Scottish hard rock band Nazareth, released in 1976.

The lead track, Telegram, is the definitive story of 1970's touring rock bands and describes the band's experience of hangovers, travel by aeroplane and limousine, customs, FM radio, girls, breakfast, press reception, soundcheck and finally the show over an insistent guitar riff that bursts into a short version of the Byrds hit before returning to the riff and the story. It includes the album title in the lyrics - this references a saying among guitar players: it doesn't matter if your guitar is fully in tune, as long as it's "close enough for rock 'n' roll". Telegram (Parts 1-3 only) was Nazareth's concert opener for many years, including the 1981 shows recorded for the Snaz album and is one of their finest achievements.

Track listing[edit]

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

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Telegram"
"Part 1: On Your Way"
"Part 2: So You Wanna Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star"
"Part 3: Sound Check"
"Part 4: Here We Are Again"
(Agnew, Charlton, McCafferty, Sweet), (Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman) 7:54
2. "Vicki"   2:24
3. "Homesick Again"   4:30
4. "Vancouver Shakedown"   4:04
5. "Born Under the Wrong Sign"   3:56
6. "Loretta"   3:18
7. "Carry Out Feelings"   3:18
8. "Lift the Lid"   3:51
9. "You're the Violin" Jeff Barry 4:43

30th anniversary bonus tracks[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
10. "My White Bicycle" (single) Ken Burgess, Keith Hopkins 5:21
11. "You're the Violin" (edited A-side) Jeff Barry 3:35
12. "Loretta" (alternate single version)   2:36
13. "Carry Out Feelings" (US single edit)   3:18
14. "Lift the Lid" (alternate single version)   3:29
15. "My White Bicycle" (original single version) Ken Burgess, Keith Hopkins 3:28
16. "Telegram" (edited version Parts 1 and 2)   4:28


Band members[edit]

Other credits[edit]

  • Nick Blagona - engineer
  • John Punter - engineer
  • Hipgnosis - sleeve design and photos


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