No Mean City (album)

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No Mean City
No Mean City.jpg
Studio album by Nazareth
Released January 1979
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 37:06
Label A&M
Producer Manny Charlton
Nazareth chronology
Expect No Mercy
No Mean City
Malice in Wonderland
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Smash Hits 3/10[2]

No Mean City is the tenth studio album by the Scottish hard rock band Nazareth, released in 1979. The album title comes from the 1935 novel No Mean City and features artwork illustrated by Rodney Matthews. With this record the band's sound was heavier, considering the addition of guitarist Zal Cleminson of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band. It sold very well at the time, with the main single Star, preceded by Whatever You Want Babe. The popularity of the album allowed the band to play with several big names such as Thin Lizzy, on their 1978/79 tour.

Track listing[edit]

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

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Just to Get into It"   4:24
2. "May the Sunshine"   4:55
3. "Simple Solution, Parts 1&2" Zal Cleminson 4:59
4. "Star" Charlton, McCafferty 4:55
5. "Claim to Fame" Manny Charlton 4:30
6. "Whatever You Want Babe" Manny Charlton 3:42
7. "What's in It for Me" Manny Charlton 4:19
8. "No Mean City, Parts 1&2" Agnew, Charlton, Cleminson, McCafferty, Sweet 6:32

30th anniversary bonus tracks[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
9. "May the Sunshine" (single edit) Agnew, Charlton, Cleminson, McCafferty, Sweet 3:31
10. "Whatever You Want Babe" (single edit) Manny Charlton 2:59
11. "Star" (US Version) Charlton, McCafferty 4:55
12. "No Mean City" (alternate edit) Agnew, Charlton, Cleminson, McCafferty, Sweet 3:32
13. "Simple Solution" (edit) Zal Cleminson 4:16

Earlier remasters included the song Greens as a bonus track. This is not available on the 30th Anniversary remaster of No Mean City, but is instead found on the same such remaster of Expect No Mercy.


Band members[edit]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Starr, Red. "Albums". Smash Hits (February 8–21, 1979): 25. 

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