IT'SNAZ (1981) 2XS (1982)
Release date 1981
Label Essential Records
|Recorded May 23, 1981|
Producer John Punter
Genre Hard rock
|Similar Nazareth albums, Hard rock albums|
IT'SNAZ is a double live album by the Scottish hard rock band Nazareth, released in late 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.
2011 Salvo bonus tracks
1Telegram: Part 1 - On Your Way Part 2 - So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star Part 3 - Sound Check6:45
3I Want to Do Everything For You5:16