|Live album by Nazareth|
|Recorded||May 23, 1981|
The full album title is It's Naz but the artwork spread the title, in block-capitals, fully over the outside of the gatefold-sleeve: when not opened only 'S NAZ is visible on the front. The back of the original album cover includes the letters "I" and "T" causing many to misinterpret the title of the album as "'Snaz" which is incorrect. That no space was left between the 'S' and 'NAZ' seems deliberate, as contemporary adverts for the album in the music press write it as IT'SNAZ. The band's official website gives the title as It's Naz.
The album was recorded at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in May 1981 during the band's 1981 North American tour. The band recorded several of the dates on the tour but felt this one show was fine in its entirety. The album was mixed at The Manor, Oxfordshire.
The original LP featured two bonus studio tracks, Juicy Lucy and a re-recording of Morning Dew. These were, along with Crazy (A Suitable Case for Treatment), from the Heavy Metal soundtrack, the first studio recordings of the new 6-piece line-up. In Germany, the LP originally came with a free bonus 1-sided 7", a remix of Morning Dew with the vocals sung in German, titled Morgentau. This was never issued separately, although it is sometimes (incorrectly) listed as a promo single.
The original 1987 single CD release dropped five tracks from the original vinyl (Every Young Man's Dream, Big Boy, Let Me Be Your Leader and two last studio cuts), due to time-constraints. The original 1997 remaster by Rob Corich, on the Castle Communications / Essential label, did not also didn't include all tracks as the label did not consider a 2-CD set to be financially viable, but it added Let Me Be Your Leader to previous edition, and other four absent tracks were included on reissue of The Fool Circle in 1998. However, when Eagle reissued the Nazareth back catalogue Snaz was finally transferred in its entirety, including the two studio tracks that finished side D of the original vinyl.
In 2011 Salvo Records re-released the album with additional material from a Seattle concert together with "Crazy (A Suitable Case for Treatment)" and the German version of "Morning Dew" (titled Morgentau). Salvo's CD 1 comprises sides 1-3 of the original vinyl (tracks 1-15), while CD 2 consists of side 4 of the original vinyl, expanded with bonus tracks.
In 2005, IT'SNAZ was ranked number 430 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.
|1.||"Telegram: On Your Way/So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star/Sound Check"||Chris Hillman, Roger McGuinn/Agnew, Charlton, McCafferty, Sweet||6:33|
|2.||"Razamanaz"||Manny Charlton, Dan McCafferty, Pete Agnew, Darrell Sweet||4:23|
|3.||"I Want To (Do Everything for You)" (Joe Tex cover)||Joe Tex||5:16|
|4.||"This Flight Tonight" (Joni Mitchell cover)||Joni Mitchell||3:46|
|5.||"Beggars Day" (Grin cover)||Nils Lofgren||3:37|
|6.||"Every Young Man's Dream"||Sweet||3:54|
|7.||"Heart's Grown Cold"||Zal Cleminson||5:51|
|8.||"Java Blues" (Rick Danko cover)||Emmett Grogan, Rick Danko||5:06|
|9.||"Cocaine" (J.J. Cale cover)||J.J. Cale||5:04|
|1.||"Holiday"||Manny Charlton, Dan McCafferty, Pete Agnew, Darrell Sweet||3:40|
|2.||"Dressed to Kill"||Manny Charlton, Dan McCafferty, Pete Agnew, Darrell Sweet||3:55|
|3.||"Hair of the Dog"||Manny Charlton, Dan McCafferty, Pete Agnew, Darrell Sweet||6:07|
|4.||"Expect No Mercy"||Manny Charlton, Dan McCafferty, Pete Agnew, Darrell Sweet||4:37|
|5.||"Shapes of Things" (The Yardbirds cover)||Jim McCarty, Keith Relf, Paul Samwell-Smith||6:22|
|6.||"Let Me Be Your Leader"||Charlton||4:44|
|7.||"Love Hurts" (The Everly Brothers cover)||Boudleaux Bryant||3:59|
|8.||"Tush" (ZZ Top cover)||Frank Beard, Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill||4:55|
|9.||"Juicy Lucy (Studio Track)"||Manny Charlton, Dan McCafferty, Pete Agnew, Darrell Sweet||4:17|
|10.||"Morning Dew (1981 Studio Version)" (Bonnie Dobson cover)||Bonnie Dobson, Tim Rose||3:55|
2011 Salvo bonus tracks
|21.||"Java Blues" (live in Seattle)||Emmett Grogan, Rick Danko||4:13|
|22.||"Cocaine" (live in Seattle)||J.J. Cale||5:09|
|23.||"Big Boy" (live in Seattle)||Zal Cleminson||5:04|
|24.||"Holiday" (live in Seattle)||Manny Charlton, Dan McCafferty, Pete Agnew, Darrell Sweet||3:34|
|25.||"Let Me Be Your Leader" (live in Seattle)||Manny Charlton||4:34|
|26.||"Dressed to Kill" (live in Seattle)||Manny Charlton, Dan McCafferty, Pete Agnew, Darrell Sweet||3:47|
|27.||"Hair of the Dog" (live in Seattle)||Manny Charlton, Dan McCafferty, Pete Agnew, Darrell Sweet||5:48|
|28.||"Morgentau" (German version of Morning Dew)||Bonnie Dobson, Tim Rose||4:01|
|29.||"Crazy (A Suitable Case for Treatment)" (from Heavy Metal soundtrack)||Manny Charlton, Dan McCafferty, Pete Agnew, Darrell Sweet||3:26|
- Morgentau and Crazy (A Suitable Case for Treatment) are also available on Salvo reissue of The Fool Circle album; Morgentau is also available on the 30th anniversary edition of The Fool Circle album.
- Dan McCafferty: vocals
- Manny Charlton: guitar
- Billy Rankin: guitar, backing vocals
- John Locke: keyboards
- Pete Agnew: bass guitar, backing vocals
- Darrell Sweet: drums, backing vocals
|US Billboard 200||83|
- Allmusic review
- Listing for the original It's Snaz live album on Discogs.com, (accessed 15 March 2015).
- Listing for the remastered version of the It's Naz album on Discogs.com, (accessed 15 March 2015).
- [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 37. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.
- Nazareth - 'Snaz. Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 17, 2013.