Malice in Wonderland (Nazareth album)

Malice in Wonderland is the eleventh studio album by the Scottish hard rock band Nazareth, released in 1980. After the heavy lurch of the previous album, the band chose to follow a more commercial path and the album produced the hit singles "Holiday" and "Heart's Grown Cold". The latter was covered by U.S. Southern Rock band Blackfoot on their 1983 album Siogo. This is the second and last studio album to feature guitarist Zal Cleminson of The Sensational Alex Harvey Band as a member of the band.

Malice in Wonderland
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Studio album by
Released8 February 1980
Studioat Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas.
GenreHard rock
ProducerJeff Baxter
Nazareth chronology
No Mean City
Malice in Wonderland
The Fool Circle
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

The 2010 edition brought a range of bonus tracks, all extracted from a concert at the legendary Hammersmith Odeon, which were broadcast by the BBC for the In Concert program in 1980. It is a very varied album, with melodic and heavy songs like "Talkin' to One of the Boys" and "Showdown at the Border" and the flirtation with a reggae feeling in "Big Boy".

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Dan McCafferty, Zal Cleminson, Manny Charlton, Pete Agnew, Darrell Sweet unless otherwise noted.

Side one
1."Holiday" 3:29
2."Showdown at the Border"Cleminson4:11
3."Talkin' to One of the Boys"Cleminson, McCafferty, Agnew4:13
4."Heart's Grown Cold"Cleminson4:14
5."Fast Cars" 4:35
Side two
6."Big Boy"Cleminson3:38
7."Talkin' 'Bout Love"McCafferty, Cleminson, Charlton, Agnew, Sweet, Jeff Baxter3:57
8."Fallen Angel" 4:44
9."Ship of Dreams"Charlton4:09
10."Turning a New Leaf" 4:00

1998 bonus tracksEdit

11."Heart's Grown Cold" (live 7" EP version)Cleminson3:56
12."Razamanaz" (live 7" EP version)Agnew, Charlton, McCafferty, Sweet4:16
13."Hair of the Dog" (live 7" EP version)Agnew, Charlton, McCafferty, Sweet4:37
14."Talkin' to One of the Boys" (live 7" EP version)Cleminson, McCafferty, Agnew4:48
  • This remastered CD, released on Castle Records subsidiary Essential Records (ESMCD 617) in 1998, added four bonus tracks and extensive liner notes:
  • These live tracks were recorded at London's Hammersmith Odeon and had been originally released as a 2 x 7 inch vinyl EP in a gatefold sleeve.
  • An identical release was later issued on another Castle Records subsidiary, Sanctuary Records.

2010 remastered bonus tracksEdit

11."I Want To (Do Everything for You)" (BBC live recording)Joe Tex5:12
12."Showdown at the Border" (BBC live recording)Cleminson4:18
13."Beggar's Day" (BBC live recording)Nils Lofgren3:54
14."Big Boy" (BBC live recording)Cleminson5:17
15."Holiday/This Flight Tonight" (BBC Live Recording)McCafferty, Cleminson, Charlton, Agnew, Sweet / Joni Mitchell7:06
16."Expect No Mercy" (BBC Live Recording)McCafferty, Charlton, Agnew, Sweet3:45
17."Broken Down Angel" (BBC Live Recording)McCafferty, Charlton, Agnew, Sweet4:59
  • This remastered CD was released by Salvo records (SALVOCD043), August 2010.
  • These BBC live recordings were recorded at Hammersmith Odeon, March 16, 1980.
  • The live recording of "Beggar's Day" has not been available before this release.

30th anniversary bonus tracksEdit

11."Holiday" (single edit)3:21
12."Ship of Dreams" (single edit)3:10
13."Heart's Grown Cold" (live 7" EP version)3:55
14."Talkin' to One of the Boys" (live 7" EP version)4:45
15."Showdown at the Border" (live)4:08
16."Holiday" (live)3:25
17."Heart's Grown Cold" (live)4:22
  • The Hammersmith live songs from the 1998 remaster are not all on the 30th Anniversary Remaster, the compilers choosing to keep only the two songs relevant to the track list for Malice In Wonderland and omitting Razamanaz and Hair of the Dog.


Band membersEdit

Other creditsEdit

Chart positionsEdit

Chart (1980) Peak
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[2] 43
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[3] 9
US Billboard 200[4] 41


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Phononet GmbH. Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  3. ^ " – Nazareth – Malice In Wonderland". Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  4. ^ Malice in Wonderland - Nazareth. Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 16 November 2013.