The Fool Circle

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The Fool Circle
The Fool Circle.jpg
Studio album by Nazareth
Released February 1981
Genre Hard rock
Length 36:23
Label NEMS Records (UK)
A&M (USA)
Vertigo (Southeast Asia)
Producer Jeff Baxter
Nazareth chronology
Malice in Wonderland
(1980)
The Fool Circle
(1981)
Snaz
(1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[1]

The Fool Circle is the twelfth studio album by the Scottish hard rock band Nazareth, released in February 1981. "Cocaine" was a live cover of the song written by J. J. Cale and recorded in 1977 by Eric Clapton. There are remastered editions of the album with different sets of bonus tracks.

Because in 1997 Castle Communications was unwilling to produce a 2-CD set of the double live album 'Snaz, four tracks were removed so that a remastered version could be released on a single CD. Rob Corich, who was doing the remastering, included these songs here as bonus tracks to rectify this.

The Fool Circle is notable for a reggae sound on many of the songs. In an interview bassist Pete Agnew commented: "'Fool Circle' was the nearest we came to making a concept album, trying to inject a bit of humour into a pretty heavy subject. I think the fact that we recorded it on the island of Montserrat might account for a teeny bit of reggae poking its way through."[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Dressed to Kill" Pete Agnew, Dan McCafferty 3:30
2. "Another Year" Manny Charlton 3:28
3. "Moonlight Eyes" McCafferty 3:33
4. "Pop the Silo" Agnew, McCafferty 3:18
5. "Let Me Be Your Leader" Charlton 3:49
6. "We Are the People" Agnew, McCafferty 3:33
7. "Every Young Man's Dream" Darrell Sweet 3:16
8. "Little Part of You" Charlton 3:28
9. "Cocaine" (J.J. Cale cover; live) J.J. Cale 4:34
10. "Victoria" Sweet 3:19

1998 Castle Communications Remaster Bonus Tracks[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "Every Young Man's Dream" (live) Darrell Sweet 3:47
12. "Big Boy" (live) Zal Cleminson 5:12
13. "Juicy Lucy" Agnew, Charlton, McCafferty, Sweet 4:17
14. "Morning Dew" (Bonnie Dobson cover; 1981 version) Bonnie Dobson, Tim Rose 3:55
  • Those are the tracks that didn't fit on 1997 single CD remaster of 'Snaz album.

2002 30th Anniversary Bonus Tracks[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "Morning Dew" (1981 version) Dobson, Rose 3:56
12. "Dressed to Kill" (single edit) McCafferty, Agnew 3:47
13. "Pop the Silo" (single edit; B-side of Dressed To Kill) McCafferty, Agnew 3:18
14. "Let Me Be Your Leader" (live) Manny Charlton 4:16
15. "Dressed to Kill" (live) McCafferty, Agnew 3:32
16. "Pop the Silo" (live) McCafferty, Agnew 1:15
17. "Morgentau" (German language version of Morning Dew) Dobson, Rose 4:03

2010 Salvo Remaster Bonus Tracks[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "Morgentau" (German version of Morning Dew) Dobson, Rose 4:01
12. "Crazy (A Suitable Case for Treatment)" (from the Heavy Metal soundtrack) McCafferty, Charlton, Agnew, Sweet 3:25
13. "Razamanaz" (live 7" EP version) McCafferty, Charlton, Agnew, Sweet 4:23
14. "Heart's Grown Cold" (live 7" EP version) Cleminson 5:43
15. "Talkin' to One of the Boys" (live 7" EP version) Cleminson, McCafferty, Agnew 4:43
16. "Hair of the Dog" (live 7" EP version) McCafferty, Charlton, Agnew, Sweet 4:54
  • Morgentau and Crazy (A Suitable Case for Treatment) are also available on Salvo reissue of 'Snaz album.
  • The last four tracks are from unedited version of the EP Nazareth Live released in 1980.

Personnel[edit]

Band members[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Other credits[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[3] 29
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[4] 33
UK Albums (OCC)[5] 60
US Billboard 200[6] 70

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic
  2. ^ Epstein, Dmitry M., (February 2004). "Interview with Pete Agnew (Nazareth)". DMR Let it Rock. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Nazareth – The Fool Circle". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 17, 2013.
  4. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Nazareth – The Fool Circle". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 17, 2013.
  5. ^ "Nazareth | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved November 17, 2013.
  6. ^ Nazareth - The Fool Circle. Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 17, 2013.