Hair of the Dog (album)

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Hair of the Dog
Hair of the Dog cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released30 April 1975 (UK)
ProducerManny Charlton
Nazareth chronology
Hair of the Dog
Greatest Hits
Singles from Hair of the Dog
  1. "Love Hurts"
    Released: 8 November 1974
  2. "Hair of the Dog"
    Released: 14 March 1975
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Hair of the Dog is the sixth studio album by the Scottish hard rock band Nazareth, released in 1975. The album was recorded at Escape Studios, Kent, with additional recording and mixing at AIR Studios, London, and is the group’s best known and highest selling release, with over two million copies sold worldwide.[2]

After three albums with Deep Purple's Roger Glover producing, Manny Charlton stepped into that position, one he filled for several subsequent albums.

It was Nazareth's first big hit album (aside from the minor success of Razamanaz), including classics such as the title track, "Love Hurts" (on the US version, but not the Canadian/European, it replaced the original "Guilty"), "Beggars Day" and "Please Don't Judas Me".

According to Nazareth frontman Dan McCafferty, the track on Hair of the Dog in which a dishonest young woman finally meets her match provided the original album title with its recognizable chorus of “now you’re messing with a… a son of a bitch! (an “heir of the dog,”)” Nazareth’s record label, wasn’t about to let them name the project Son of a Bitch. Thus, Hair of the Dog was selected as a compromise, putting the finishing touches on a career-defining release;[3] the album title is often considered to be a shortened form of the phrase describing a folk hangover cure, "the hair of the dog that bit you".

The album was first reissued on CD in 1990. There are also remastered editions released since 1997 with different sets of bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Manny Charlton, Dan McCafferty, Pete Agnew, Darrell Sweet, except where noted.

1."Hair of the Dog" 4:11
2."Miss Misery" 4:40
3."Guilty" (International editions)Randy Newman3:38
4."Changin' Times" 6:03
5."a) Beggars Day" (Crazy Horse cover)
"b) Rose in the Heather[a]"
a) Nils Lofgren6:31
6."Whiskey Drinkin' Woman" 5:29
7."Please Don't Judas Me" 9:48
8."Love Hurts" (The Everly Brothers cover; originally track 3 on US edition)Boudleaux Bryant3:53
  1. ^ Title per original LP release; at least one later reissue lists this track as "Rose in Heather".

The remastered editions include both "Guilty" (track 3) and "Love Hurts" (track 8) plus the following bonus tracks:

1997 Castle Communications / Essential[edit]

9."Down" (B-side to Love Hurts single) 3:55
10."Railroad Boy" (B-side to Holy Roller single)Darrell Sweet, Manny Charlton, Pete Agnew4:07
11."Hair of the Dog" (single edit) 3:21

2001 30th Anniversary Edition[edit]

9."Down" (B-side to Love Hurts single) 3:55
10."Holy Roller" (single A-side) 3:23
11."Railroad Boy" (B-side to Holy Roller single)Darrell Sweet, Manny Charlton, Pete Agnew4:07
12."Hair of the Dog" (single edit) 3:21
13."Holy Roller" (extended alternate mix) 4:16

2010 Salvo Records Remaster[edit]

9."My White Bicycle" (Tomorrow cover; also available on the 30th anniversary edition of Close Enough for Rock 'n' Roll album)Ken Burgess, Keith Hopkins3:26
10."Holy Roller" (single) 3:25
11."Railroad Boy" (B-side of Holy Roller) 4:07
12."Hair of the Dog" (BBC live recording) 3:47
13."Holy Roller" (BBC live recording) 4:22
14."Teenage Nervous Breakdown" (Little Feat cover; BBC live recording)Lowell George4:22
15."This Flight Tonight" (Joni Mitchell cover; BBC live recording)Joni Mitchell3:38
16."Road Ladies" (Frank Zappa cover; BBC live recording)Frank Zappa7:03


Band members

Additional musicians

  • Max Middleton – piano on "Guilty"
  • Simon Phillips - tabla on "Please Don't Judas Me"
  • Vicki Brown, Liza Strike, Barry St. John – backing vocals on "Guilty"
  • Vicky Silva – backing vocals on "Please Don't Judas Me"


Chart (1975) Peak
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[4] 7
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[5] 20
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[6] 27
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[7] 5
Chart (1976) Peak
US Billboard 200[8] 17